Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today kicks off a series of 12 Christmas DIYs which I will be sharing with you throughout the first 12 days of December.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 1st DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
AN EMBROIDERED TEE
Although getting a needle and thread out can seem a little daunting at first, you can produce a seriously special DIY Christmas gift that will really mean something to the recipient.
I have a small Etsy business where I embroider tshirts, and today I am going to share with you the method I use so that you can create your own too.
I’m going to talk you through, step-by-step, how you can embroider a personalised tshirt this Christmas.
You will need:
If you already have some of these items at home, this will make this DIY very inexpensive. If you decide to make embroidered tees for a number of your friends and family, this will reduce the cost of the materials you need and reduce the cost per item.
Fold the tee over at the underarms, and then decide where you would like your writing to sit on the tshirt. Then, take a ruler or a flat edge (I’ve used a piece of paper) and draw a dotted line.
Unfold the tshirt and check that the line is level and that the placement is correct for you. I usually hold the tshirt up to my body to check that the positioning works.
Write out the personalised word or phrase, being sure to keep to the dotted line.
Your embroidery thread should come with 6 threads, divide this by 2 so that you are working with just 3 threads instead of 6.
6 threads won’t fit through your needle, 3 will and it will also make sure that the line of embroidery stands out.
Tie a knot at the end of the thread and knot this a few times to ensure the thread is secure before you start stitching.
Stretch your tshirt over the embroidery hoop (not too tight) and then add the second hoop on top, and tighten at the top of the hoop. This will keep the tshirt stable and secure when you are stitching it so that when you take it off the hoop, it is not distorted.
Now it’s time to start embroidering! Take your needle and pass it through the back of the tshirt at the start of the first letter that you wish to embroider.
Make your first stitch and then carry on doing a back stitch until you get to the end of the word or phrase that you are embroidering
You’re done! Secure your embroidery with another large knot, trim away the excess thread and remove from the embroidery hoop.
Then, wash off the washable pen using cold water. I would advise using quite a lot of water and then air drying the tshirt overnight. I would not recommend using any heat on the tshirt when washing off the pen or drying the tshirt because it will not wash off the pen properly.
Once your tee has dried you can press it with the iron and then wrap it up for the lucky person who is receiving this gift!
Check out all of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland