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DIY Embroidered Sweatshirt

Learn how to embroider a sweatshirt with custom lettering and transform your ordinary clothing into a piece that is unique to you!
Keyword diy
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 sweatshirt
Cost $5


  • Embroidery Thread
  • Sweatshirt
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil


  • Decide what you want to embroider on your sweatshirt and sketch out the template on paper. This will just serve as a visual guide when writing the design on your clothing. Then using the fabric pen, write the letters on your sweatshirt. 
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  • Next, thread your needle with a long length of embroidery thread. Tie a knot at the end. Start at the beginning of the first letter using a backstitch. Continue using backstitch embroidery to complete the lettering. While you are working, you should be stitching how you be draw or write the word. Start at the beginning of the word and work through to the end. 
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  • Once you are done, flip it over and tie a knot or two at the back to secure the work. 
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  • Next, you can rinse off the fabric marker that you used to trace the design under the faucet with cool water and let dry. 
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