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Embroidering on Denim

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.

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Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.


Stitching on denim is a great way to customize jeans and denim jackets for fashionable apparel, but you can also use it in home decor projects -- pillows, pot holders, aprons, tote bags, door hangers, and so much more! Get our best tips and tricks for stitching on denim to guarantee excellent results every time.


Project Needs and Notes


- Denim fabric
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer



This project was featured in the following:
All About Denim Lookbook

 

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on denim.


Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
Denim is cotton, so it will shrink. It's recommended to wash and dry it before embroidering on it.

Denim is also very sturdy, and can support very detailed and complex designs. Avoid light designs, like Redwork, as they may get lost in the grain of the fabric.

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
Use cutaway stabilizer when embroidering on denim.

You may think that tear-away or water-soluble stabilizer will be sufficient. But because denim stretches easily, using those types of stabilizers may result in shifting, gaps, and misalignment.

Use cutaway stabilizer for the best results.

Hoop the denim and the cutaway stabilizer together.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, or embroidery needle, to embroider on denim.

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
After embroidering, trim the stabilizer away from the back. Leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
The embroidered denim becomes a bright and colorful door hanger. For instructions on how to make this door hanger, click here.

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
Denim is an excellent fabric to use in home decor projects. And you can also embroider on jeans to add a custom look.

To embroider on jeans, start by ripping the outer seam of the jeans up 8".

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
Embroider the design, using one piece of cutaway stabilizer.

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
Then, sew the seam up again to finish.

Free project instructions on how to embroider on denim.
Get creative with your design choices and their placement to make a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

Embroidering on Denim



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Stitching tips for denim:
 

Needle 75/11 or size 11 sewing or embroidery needle
 
Stabilizer A medium-weight cutaway stabilizer (2.5 ounces) is the best choice.
 
Design Choice Choose designs with medium to high complexity. Light designs, such as redwork, may get lost in the fabric weave.
   


Get inspired to stitch with this versatile fabric choice with these fabulous projects that use denim! Ideas include baskets, pot holders, tote bags, and more:

 
         
   
         
   
         
   
 


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Products used in this Project:

Birds on a Wire Clothesline $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.39" x 4.01" | 7.78" x 3.33" | 6.85" x 2.92"

Bandana Paisley $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.13" x 3.51"

Bandana Paisley Horse $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.99" x 5.80" | 4.99" x 4.85" | 3.86" x 3.73"

Give Thanks Cupcakes - Pumpkin $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.90" x 3.68"