Cute as Heck - Pocket Embroidery

15 May 2015

I have honestly wanted to do this project for so so long I just hadn't gotten the chance. As well as not really having any of the supplies or you know general talent for DIY. I finally got around to purchasing the bits and pieces I needed.

  • 1 Plain Shirt with Pocket - I Bought mine from the mens section at Factorie in XXS
  • Black Embroidery Thread & Needle - Purchased these from Big W
  • Overall Cost: $15

Let's Do This

First I pencilled in a small outline of what I wanted to have embroidered on the shirt. I did capital letters to make it a bit easier as I'm a newbie at embroidery. Also I like the look of the capital letters.

Take a piece embroidery thread, maybe 60cm long, and thread it through the eye in your needle. Don't forget to knot the very end of your thread so that it doesn't go through.

Start embroidering from the inside, so stick your needle from the inside of the pocket out. Put the needle back in again at an appropriate distance apart. Or for however long you want each bit of thread to be. When your needle is again on the inside of your pocket, you want to poke it out closely to where your last bit of thread ended. So as not to leave too much of a gap.

Trial and error is fully okay! I had to unthread so much of H & E in Heck because I don't even know I must have tuned out while I was embroidering. If that happens, take your needle off the thread, and use the needle to pick out the stitches gently.

When you're done carefully tie the thread inside the pocket as close to the material as possible, so that there's not too much room for the thread to move and pull.

Rock that shirt like the cutie you are!

Super happy with how my tee turned out! And the project only took me about an hour tops. A lot less if you're actually not crap at embroidery.

If you were going to embroider your own shirt, what would you write?

Cya! xx

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  1. This is such a cool and easy DIY - thanks for sharing


  2. That looks awesome and super simple! I used to be able to embroider quite well as a kid so wouldn't mind giving something like this a go!
    I really like what you wrote too! There are so many you could do like; "I'd Hit That", "Deal With It" and "Like A Boss" Haha.

    Lucy x

  3. omg thats so cool! really planning to do this since ages but I´m so lazy haha. no clue what I what write probably smth like "not your girl" idk

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

  4. I love this idea! My sister started doing this to a shirt, it was a little strawberry on the pocket. I would want to do this when I have time hah x

    Emma |

  5. Aww, this is so cute and so easy to do! I love little lettering in shirts so I must try this!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  6. This is so creative, I love this DIY!!!


  7. This is freakin' adorable...I need ten. But I am that hopeless that I'd injure myself doing it!

    1. The needle is pretty blunt lol but there was still moments when I thought I was going to stab myself lol.
      Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  8. I have to do things like this in my fashion/textiles class for the embroidery unit. I love doing hand stitch embroidery! That shirt looks great! ^_^

    Minae |

  9. Very cute indeed =]

  10. This is a great idea. Love it! It's a nice way to up-do old t-shirts.

    Pop on over | Rachael Styles Me

  11. This looks fab! I do love some embroidery but never try and do it on tshirts - I should start! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

  12. Well that t-shirt is exactly what it says on the tin ;) haha x

    Sinead | Dreaming Again

  13. Cute as heck, indeed! I'd probably put something like "geology rocks!" :P

    becky ♡ star violet

  14. Ooh I love this! I wish I was creative to think what I could write on my own one.
    Victoria xx

  15. Oh I love this! I think I would stitch a blogging joke on it...not sure what exactly though!

  16. I need to do this! It's simple and cute :)

    Sarah |

  17. This is amazing! Such a good idea! I really want to try this although I'm a little scared i'll wreck my clothes haha

  18. I love all your posts!! xxx

  19. Exactly that! You're cute as heck

  20. This is totally gonna be my spring project absolutely LOVE IT.

    What I would write. . . can I use "cute as heck"? Lol. And maybe "TEA TIME". Ohh, I have to be alone for a couple hours to truly think this over. The words you sew onto your left boob aren't a decision you enter into rashly.

    Haha, thank you for your encouragement on my blog. I'm PUMPED to finish this curriculum in three months! // US Lifestyle Blog

  21. Aw this is such a cute DIY, something even my basic sewing skills can probably master haha! Thanks for sharing :)

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

  22. I really like your blog.. I just found it and I have been reading lots of your posts. Really really like the content you're putting out there! Like this post, very nice :) Thank you!!


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