How to Embroider Baby Overalls

Do you have a friend who is pregnant? Need a good shower gift? Or perhaps you just have a little one of your own, whose clothing is easily confused with that of his/her siblings? Why not customize those cute overalls with some unique embroidery?


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    Choose the item you wish to embellish. Most baby clothing will unsnap, or unbutton. Open those overalls up completely.
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    Choose the spot on the clothing that you want to stitch on. Areas of single fabric thickness are best... i.e.: along the pant leg, or on the back.
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    Sketch your idea. You may do this on paper, OR you may do this directly on the fabric with tailor's chalk or similar marker that will wash out. (test this in an inconspicuous area BEFORE you draw the entire thing...)
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    Obtain Embroidery supplies. Several needles, and a skein of each color of thread you will need for your design.
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    Use an embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taut if the garment will accommodate it. There are embroidery hoops of every size available, but not all baby clothing is large enough to use one.
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    Use a color fast embroidery thread to avoid washing problems later.
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    Determine what thickness of floss or yarn will best suit your project. Some stitches such as French Knots work best with the full 6 strands of thread normally found in Embroidery floss. Finer details will require using fewer strands at a time to accomplish the effect desired. A common number of strands is two, but you should use your own best judgment.
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    Begin stitching with either the darkest color thread OR the innermost section of the design. Both methods have their advantages. Dark thread first prevents getting your lighter colors dingy with repeated rubbing and holding of the piece during stitching. Working out from the center has the advantage of being adjusted as you go. (starting at the outside will restrict any changes you can make later.)
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    Hold the fabric taut while stitching. Even the gentlest of tugs on the embroidery floss can pucker the fabric and make the garment not fit correctly when you're finished.
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    Tie off each thread carefully to prevent unraveling in the wash. (these are baby clothes... expect that they WILL get dirty.)
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    Steam or iron the finished area of embroidery to help smooth the area and prevent (or fix) any slight puckering.
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  • Use a Thimble to facilitate pushing needles through thicker materials.
  • These tips could apply to any article of clothing or fabric based accessories such as backpacks, wallets, etc.
  • Hold the fabric tightly smooth (taut) while stitching to prevent puckering.
  • Choose your needle size according to the tightness and thickness of the weave you will be stitching onto/through. Needles for denim will need to be longer and somewhat heavier than needles for a thin cotton.
  • Take care when stitching heavier fabrics. The needles tend to have an initial resistance to poking through heavy, but then slide quickly once the point has passed, pricking fingers of the unwary.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby garment, such as overalls
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery hoop (small)
  • Embroidery Needles (Any needle could work, but embroidery needles have somewhat larger eyes and a thin shaft for easier sliding.)

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Categories: Sewing Pants