How To Hand Embroider A Shirt (Free DIY Embroidery Designs)

There are so many cool inspirations for a DIY embroidery shirt that you can easily wear. Learn how to hand embroider a shirt and also put together a fun outfit for back to school or a casual workday.

This clear step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial and instructions makes it pretty simple to understand how to hand embroider a shirt. Good news! This easy sewing project for beginners also comes with free DIY embroidery t-shirt designs for you to download.

In addition, I demonstrate how to embroider a shirt for beginners. Master these basic embroidery skills with these easy to follow tips and tricks. With a few basic hand embroidery stitches, the sky is the limit to what you can embroider.

 

How To Hand Embroider A Shirt

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Check out the short videos for a clear idea how to hand embroider a shirt. This is easy to do, the materials are basic and the embroidery only requires a few minutes of time.

When you are finished, you will have a new stylish outfit to wear. In addition, you will be extremely proud of your new DIY embroidery design patterns.

 

Basic Embroidery Tools

These are the basic embroider tools need for this project. Learn how to hand embroider a shirt with the basic embroidery tools before you advance further.

If hand embroidery skills are something you enjoy and are having fun with, then there are certainly a few additions that can be made to the basic embroidery tools.

 

10 Best Hand Embroidery Stitches You Must Know

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Hand embroidery stitches take practice. But once you get the hang of them, you will be able to make quick work with your DIY embroidery designs and easily follow how to embroider a shirt.

Follow this detailed step-by-step guide for how to preform each of the hand embroidery stitches.

  1. Running stitch
  2. Backstitch
  3. Split stitch
  4. Stem stitch
  5. Satin stitch
  6. French knot
  7. Chain stitch
    1. Lazy daisy
    2. Feather stitch
    3. Seed stitch

These hand embroidery stitches are the most commonly used and are plenty enough for a beginner sewing project. Develop your skills with the basic hand embroidery stitches before you advance on to learning more.

 

How To Draw Embroidery Designs On Clothes

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There are many different ways to transfer your embroidery designs on clothes easily. Understand how to draw embroidery designs on clothes before you jump into how to embroider a shirt.

 

  1. Dressmaker’s carbon paper and an iron can easily transfer temporary computer printed design onto fabric.
  2. A hot-iron transfer pencil, so you can draw a design onto tracing paper, then iron it onto fabric
  3. A disappearing-ink marker can be used for drawing directly onto fabric.

 

I show how to use a disappearing-ink marker in the how to embroider a shirt tutorial videos. For more instructions, watch the embroidery tutorial videos to help you with an embroidered shirt for beginners.

 

Anatomical Heart Embroidered Shirt Tutorial for Beginners (Free DIY Embroidery Pattern!)

The anatomical heart embroidery pattern is everywhere! This Tumblr inspired DIY embroidery pattern is also perfect for beginner level.

FIY, if you are new to hand embroidery stitches, master the backstitch techniques before you start this easy sewing project.

This embroidery tutorial covers how to hand embroider a shirt with an anatomical heart pattern.

 

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Hand Heart Sign Embroidered Shirt Tutorial for Beginners (Free DIY Embroidery Pattern!)

The hand heart sign is so Instagram worthy and this DIY embroidery pattern is easy for you to download!

Resize the DIY embroidery pattern so that it fits on a pocket or keep it as the original size.

If you are also new at how to hand embroider a shirt, practice the backstitch technique with this DIY embroidery pattern.

This embroidery tutorial shows you how to hand embroider a shirt with a hand heart sign pattern.

 

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Hanging Houseplants Embroidered Shirt Tutorial (Free DIY Embroidery Pattern!)

From real DIY hanging houseplants with macramé to decorative framing project ideas, I personally wanted to translate hanging houseplants into a tutorial for how to embroider a shirt.

If you are looking for a houseplants DIY idea, there are so many fun and easy ways for you to master embroidery skills.

For this tutorial, it is a bit more of an intermediate skill level, so practice the satin stitch, French knot, and backstitch before you start this project.

This embroidery tutorial also demonstrates how to hand embroider a shirt with a hanging houseplant pattern.

 

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With these step by step tutorials for how to hand embroider a shirt, you can also easily upgrade your capsule wardrobe. Even consider using similar patterns to make a DIY embroidered sweatshirt. As a result, recycle and upcycle clothes so that you don’t spend tons of money on new fashion.

Before start these fun embroidery projects for beginners, I also recommend practicing a couple of hand stitching techniques. As a result, your hands are comfortable with the basic embroidery stitches and so that it’s much easier for you to hand embroider a shirt.

 

What are your favorite hand embroidered shirt projects?

Share your embroidery designs for how to hand embroider a shirt with me!

XOXO

Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

29 Comments
  1. Great tips here and really good results. You make it sound so easy but I’m not sure I would be so good at it – I don’t have the patience I don’t think!

    1. Rachel you should give it a try! Hand stitching a shirt embroidery is relaxing and therapeutic. Be patient and you will be really happy with the results.

  2. Oh wow! This looks like so much fun to do. I love handmade items so I can see myself having fun doing this or even for friends

    1. It is really fun and easy to embroider a shirt! It’s a great way to refashion an old shirt into something chic and stylish. Have fun making your own handmade embroidery pattern.

  3. Wow, this is really cool! I love your step by step pictures as well! It makes it seem easy enough to do!

    1. Thank you! We wanted to make these embroider projects easy to follow so that others could embroider a shirt themselves. Hopefully you try one of these beginners sewing projects too.

    1. Some embroidery stitches are more challenging than others, but this is an easy embroider shirt project for beginners. Give it a try 😉

  4. I admire people who have talent and can do things like embroidery. I would leave it to the hands of the professionals, as with my clumsiness I will probably end up with my hands all bruised by the needle.

    1. This beginners embroidery is easy to follow because you only use a backstitch. Give it a try and practice one hand stitch at a time with an embroider shirt using the anatomical heart pattern.

    1. You can because it’s really not that hard! Use a backstitch to embroider a shirt and follow the anatomical heart pattern that I provided 😉

  5. Wonderful ideas… gonna try some of the embroidery designs… but I would take some helps from the pro of my family too… <3

  6. This is such a fun idea. I would love to try this, it’s such a cute idea for personalizing your old clothes.

  7. Thanks for the detailed embroidery instructions. You make it look so easy. I might have to give it a try.

    1. I happy you found the step-by-step embroidery guide to be useful. I would love to see the results when you embroider a shirt! Please share 🙂

  8. Oh wow, this embroider shirt is so cute. You are so creative. I would love to try this embroidery design too.

    1. Thank you Preet! Be sure to grab the free embroidery design from this website so that you can easily embroider a shirt using this pattern.

  9. Wow, this is such a nice project to do. It is so beautiful and I will definitely try to make an embroidery on my shirt.

    1. Thank you Catherine. I love to see the embroidery patters other use when they embroider a shirt. Please share your design with me 🙂

  10. This is new learning for me and I really want to try embroidery with my other shirts, it is really cool to learn new things.

    1. You should try to embroider a shirt! It is a fun beginners sewing project that you can easily do with friends and family 🙂

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