As a follow up to my previous post: Personalised gifts: Embroidery here I have a DIY version – just in time for the festive season.

One of my dearest friends had the lovely idea of making personalised t-shirts for each of her family members for Christmas. When I finally saw the end result I was stunned at how cute and well crafted her designs were. The great thing is that it’s a lot easier than you expect and very inexpensive. She picked up plain white t shirts for a very good price and sowed on her designs with black thread and a needle. It’s that easy! Let’s look at it step by step.

Unless you have the confidence to jump right in and just start sowing without a guide: I’d recommend you put some type of outline down first. My friend said she either drew on the design by looking at a picture next to her or by tracing it on the t-shirt. Water-erasable pens and tailors chalk work best. She used a pencil at first but it didn’t wash out nicely.

Next, you tie a knot at the end of the string and thread it through the needle. Start stitching away. You could learn some of those cool tricky stitching techniques the pros use. Although, for this type of project the standard running stitch or back stitch will do just fine.

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