DIY Embroidered Tee

I love lazy-gal fashion.  If I could get away with wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt everywhere, every day, then I probably would.  I really like the whole grungy, embroidered t shirts that seem to be everywhere at the moment, but when I saw one in Top Shop last week and turned over the price tag I had a mini heart attack (I can’t be alone in thinking Top Shop has completely lost the plot on pricing in recent years…).  I’m sorry Toppers, but since when is it realistic to charge £22 for a plain white T Shirt with one embroidered word on it?  Nuh uh.  Forget it.  I’ll DIY it, I decided – and it turns out, it’s not that difficult to do at all.

All you’ll need is a plain white T Shirt (pick one up in good old Primani for a couple of quid), a sharp pencil, some scissors, a needle, some embroidery thread and an embroidery hoop (you could probably cope without one, but it does help to keep the fabric taut and enable you to stitch in a straight line!).
Put the T Shirt on and work out exactly where you want the embroidery to be, then apply the hoop.  Once you know what word you’re going for lightly pencil it onto the fabric.
Stitching in the letters is the trickiest part (but not that hard if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread), use back stitch and keep the stitches on the small side so you’ve got a bit more control.  It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect or neat, just as long as it’s legible!

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