Friday, February 3, 2012

LOVED - Embroidered Valentine Tee Shirt Tutorial

With a plain red tee shirt on hand and Valentine's day rapidly approaching, I decided to make Grace a LOVED shirt.

To make your own LOVED tee shirt, get yourself:
a tee shirt
embroidery thread or use 2 strands of DMC thread {I used DMC white}
embroidery hoop
water erasable fabric marking pen

On paper, I wrote out LOVED to figure out the spacing. Then, I folded the tee shirt and determined roughly where the center was and where I would place the lettering. I free handed and drew LOVED onto the tee shirt with a water solvable pen.

The nice thing with the water solvable pen, any perfectionist tendencies you have, if at first you aren't happy, apply some water {let it dry} and then try again.

Embroider the letters using a stain stitch. This basically means, work each stitch smoothly from one side of the letter to the other side of the letter. Lay each stitch as close together as possible (without pulling too tightly). The goal is that no fabric will show through between each satin stitch.

When you are done, use some water to dissolve any exposed lines. And admire!

Yes, Grace is definitely LOVED...

even when she gives me that sassy look.

I hope you've been inspired and feel loved.


  1. Adorable shirt for an adorable kid! :)

    1. You are so sweet. Thanks for the feedback and thanks for continuing to pop in and check out what's new :)

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