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Summertime T-Shirts

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Summer is in full swing, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner! New designs this week are starry and spangled and very festive for the Fourth of July, and include a whole collection of light and open designs, ideal for stitching onto cool summertime T-shirts.

New patriotic clothesline and cupcake designs are glorious with stars and stripes and firecrackers! Show your spirit by stitching onto T-shirts for Fourth of July festivities.

Stay fresh and fashionable this summer with light-stitching designs on soft and breezy T-shirts. Open and airy designs are just right for quick-stitching onto lighter fabric. Choose from a wide variety of designs -- beach and ocean, birds and animals, ice cream cones and popsicles, crests, and many more!

Scroll down the page to see all these wonderful new designs.

Free project instructions to make a T-shirt.

Stretchy, cool, and soft, T-shirts are a dream to wear in summer. And with Kenny's tips, they'll be a breeze to stitch, too! Click here to find Kenny's free project instructions for embroidering on T-shirts!



Summertime T-shirts -- Line 'Em Up

Clothesline designs are a great way to stitch all kinds of summer fun, with exciting seasonal and holiday motifs perfect for creating a festive look. And be sure to check out our other fabulous clothesline designs! With so many themes to choose from, you're sure to find one that tickles your fancy.

As the Fourth of July approaches, it's time to start stitching for the holiday. Let your patriotic spirit show with red, white, and blue flip-flops.
 
A patriotic clothesline machine embroidery design with red, white, and blue flip-flops.
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.53" and 7.80"X3.76" and 6.85"X3.30"

Get ready for Fourth of July festivities! Fireworks crackle and pop on these festive holiday clotheslines.
     
A patriotic clothesline machine embroidery design with the phrase 4th of July.   A patriotic clothesline machine embroidery design with the phrase Happy 4th.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X5.61" and 7.81"X4.65" and 6.86"X4.09"
  Available in three sizes:
9.41"X4.70" and 7.81"X3.90" and 6.86"X3.43"


Stars and stripes decorate the word "Patriot" in the spirited design on the left. The letters "USA" get dressed up in stars and stripes in the design on the right. Perfectly patriotic designs for the 4th and for the whole summer!
     
A patriotic clothesline machine embroidery design with the word Patriot in red and white stripes.   A patriotic clothesline machine embroidery design with letters USA and stars.
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.64" and 7.80"X3.83" and 6.86"X3.37"
  Available in three sizes:
9.22"X5.85" and 7.80"X4.94" and 6.86"X4.33"


An explosive clothesline design sure to crackle and pop on any T-shirt!
 
A patriotic clothesline machine embroidery design with firecrackers.
Available in three sizes:
9.35"X5.72" and 7.79"X4.77" and 6.89"X4.22"


Time to load up the picnic basket and head outside! Enjoy a gourmet menu with bread, cheese, and wine, or a more classic lineup of a sandwich, hot dog, ketchup, and mustard. Stitch both to appeal to every taste!
     
A clothesline machine embroidery design with gourmet picnic items including bread, wine, and cheese.   A clothesline machine embroidery design with picnic items including sandwich and hotdog.
Available in three sizes:
9.39"X4.62" and 7.76"X3.82" and 6.87"X3.38"
  Available in three sizes:
9.39"X4.54" and 7.76"X3.75" and 6.86"X3.30"


More Cool Designs for Summertime T-shirts

Delicious cupcakes aren't just for dessert; they also show your patriotic spirit! The American flag, "USA," and red, white, and blue frosting make this cupcake trio just right for Fourth of July wearables.
     
Three cupcakes with red, white, and blue Fourth of July frosting and decorations.   Free tips for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in three sizes:
9.41"X4.86" and 7.81"X4.04" and 6.85"X3.54"
   


The USA gets star treatment in the cupcake designs below. Mix and match for a very sweet holiday look.
     
A patriotic cupcake machine embroidery design with star frosting and an American flag. A patriotic cupcake machine embroidery design with the word USA decoration. A patriotic cupcake machine embroidery design with red, white, and blue frosting and a star decoration.
Available in one size:
2.19"X3.86"
Available in one size:
2.95"X3.45"
Available in one size:
2.19"X3.85"


Celebrate the Fourth of July with cupcakes resplendent in red, white, and blue! A cherry and strawberry are as red as they can be, and sprinkles and stars add a bright touch of blue. Delicious looking, calorie-free, and full of spirit!
     
Three cupcakes with red, white, and blue Fourth of July frosting and decorations.   A patriotic cupcake machine embroidery design with red, white, and blue frosting and stars and stripes decoration.
Available in three sizes:
9.40"X4.93" and 7.80"X4.09" and 6.87"X3.59"
  Available in one size:
2.48"X3.85"


Sprinkle these sweet cupcakes on T-shirts to add a sweet touch to your Fourth of July festivities!
     
A patriotic cupcake machine embroidery design with red, white, and blue frosting and star decorations.   A patriotic Fourth of July cupcake machine embroidery design with a cherry on top.
Available in one size:
2.18"X3.42"
  Available in one size:
2.38"X3.34"


Surf's up! A palm tree, surfboard, and hibiscus set the scene for this serene tropical sunset. A light-stitching, open design ideal for stitching onto summer T-shirts.
     
A surfboard, palm tree, and hibiscus on a tropical beach machine embroidery design.   Free tips for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in four sizes:
6.98"X7.23" and 5.85"X6.06" and 4.85"X5.03" and 3.72"X3.86"
 

Hang ten with a very cool summer surf scene!



Celebrate summer with two light and breezy designs -- a pretty damask hibiscus, and a muscle car on the beach. Perfect for girls' and boys' shirts!
     
A damask hibiscus machine embroidery design.  
Available in five sizes:
11.74"X6.07" and 9.45"X4.89" and 7.81"X4.08" and 6.80"X3.55" and 3.86"X2.03"
  Available in five sizes:
11.78"X6.04" and 9.40"X4.82" and 7.80"X4.00" and 6.79"X3.49" and 3.85"X1.98"


A sailboat tossing on the open ocean looks fresh and nautical on the hip area of any shirt.
     
A sailboat on the ocean machine embroidery design.   Free tips for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in four sizes:
7.81"X6.76" and 6.74"X5.83" and 5.62"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.34"
 

Sail the seven seas with a light and lively sailboat and ocean design!



Girls' T-shirts are the perfect place to stitch these two dreamy designs. A butterfly floats among the puffy clouds, and a bright heart shines through the clouds in a pretty crest.
     
A butterfly and clouds machine embroidery design.   A heart and clouds crest machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
9.02"X6.94" and 7.53"X5.81" and 6.22"X4.80" and 3.86"X2.99"
  Available in five sizes:
11.79"X6.62" and 9.40"X5.28" and 7.80"X4.39" and 6.85"X3.85" and 3.85"X2.17"


Let a pretty flower bloom on your favorite summer shirts!
     
A flower machine embroidery design.   Free project instructions for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in four sizes:
6.97"X7.81" and 5.81"X6.50" and 4.81"X5.37" and 3.47"X3.86"
 

This floral design is perfect for placement on the left or right chest area.



A bicycle trails plumes of fancy filigree, and a whimsical unicorn will magically embellish your favorite summer shirts!
     
A bicycle and filigree machine embroidery design.   A unicorn and stars machine embroidery design.
Available in five sizes:
11.80"X3.84" and 9.41"X3.07" and 7.81"X2.55" and 6.86"X2.24" and 3.86"X1.26"
  Available in five sizes:
10.71"X6.99" and 8.98"X5.86" and 7.81"X5.10" and 6.86"X4.48" and 3.86"X2.54"


Birds soar through the sky in a light and open design.
     
A flock of birds machine embroidery design.   Free project instructions for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in four sizes:
7.53"X7.00" and 6.28"X5.84" and 5.19"X4.82" and 3.86"X3.59"
 

A flock of birds is ready to land on the center of your shirt for a finely feathered look you'll love!



Get wild this summer with a panther prowling through the grass, and a swirling deep sea conch. Both designs are beautiful on T-shirts!
     
A panther prowling through grass against a setting sun.   A conch shell and filigree machine embroidery design.
Available in five sizes:
11.79"X6.51" and 9.40"X5.19" and 7.80"X4.31" and 6.85"X3.79" and 3.85"X2.13"
  Available in four sizes:
6.75"X7.80" and 5.87"X6.80" and 4.87"X5.62" and 3.35"X3.87"


A whale's tale breaks the surface of the ocean as he begins his deep-sea dive.
     
A whale tail machine embroidery design.   Free tutorial about embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in five sizes:
7.56"X7.79" and 6.95"X7.20" and 5.87"X6.06" and 4.87"X5.01" and 3.75"X3.87"
 

Stitch this design onto a T-shirt for a cool and refreshing look!



Mirrored angelfish will look great on V-neck shirts!
     
Angelfish and ocean bubbles machine embroidery design.   Free tutorial about embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in five sizes:
7.81"X7.67" and 7.06"X6.94" and 5.97"X5.87" and 4.95"X4.87" and 3.86"X3.55"
 

Delicate bubbles and beautiful angelfish are a natural fit below a V-neck collar.



An underwater scene fills this snorkel mask, and a classic "woody wagon" is ready to hit the beach. Both are sweet designs for the ocean enthusiasts in your life!
     
A scuba mask and ocean scene.   A woody wagon and surfboard machine embroidery design.
Available in five sizes:
6.96"X8.39" and 6.46"X7.77" and 5.87"X7.06" and 4.86"X5.84" and 3.24"X3.89"
  Available in five sizes:
11.80"X6.58" and 9.40"X5.24" and 7.80"X4.34" and 6.87"X3.83" and 3.87"X2.15"


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It's one of the best summertime treats, and now you can stitch a cone or three for a tasty design that will last all season long.
     
Ice cream cones machine embroidery design.   Free tutorial about embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in three sizes:
9.75"X6.99" and 7.80"X5.60" and 6.45"X4.63"
 

Stitch this design onto a T-shirt for a sweet summer treat!

 


Stitch a a sprinkle cone, a sundae in a cone, and a mint chocolate chip treat onto T-shirts for your favorite ice cream fans!
     
Ice cream cone with sprinkles machine embroidery design. Ice cream sundae in a cone machine embroidery design. Mint chocolate chip ice cream cone machine embroidery design.
Available in one size:
1.54"X3.89"
Available in one size:
1.57"X3.15"
Available in one size:
1.76"X4.34"


You can almost see the beads of sweat rolling off these refreshing tropical drinks.
     
Trio of tropicl drinks machine embroidery design.   Tropical drink machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
10.45"X7.00" and 8.76"X5.87" and 7.81"X5.23" and 6.86"X4.60"
  Available in one size:
1.80"X2.81"


A paper umbrella leans against this fruity drink treat, and sprigs of mint and slices of lime add flavor to the tall cool drink on the right.
     
Tropical drink machine embroidery design.   Tropical drink machine embroidery design.
Available in one size:
2.54"X3.86"
  Available in one size:
1.25"X2.83"


Celebrate the summer sun with a radiant collar design!
     
Sun with rays machine embroidery design.   Free instructions for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in five sizes:
11.81"X6.13" and 9.41"X4.88" and 7.81"X4.05" and 6.86"X3.56" and 3.85"X2.00"
 

Transform an ordinary T-shirt with a glowing collar design!



Make beautiful music with these harmonious designs. A bird flies through his own song, and a guitar sparkles with notes.
     
A bird with musical notes machine embroidery design.   A guitar with musical notes machine embroidery design.
Available in five sizes:
11.81"X3.58" and 9.38"X2.84" and 7.82"X2.37" and 6.81"X2.07" and 3.88"X1.24"
  Available in four sizes:
9.10"X6.94" and 7.66"X5.86" and 6.33"X4.86" and 3.86"X2.97"


It wouldn't be summer without the sun, and now you can stay cool with a cute sun design sure to keep the rain away!
     
Sun with sunglasses and headphones machine embroidery design.   Free instructions for embroidering on T-shirts.
Available in five sizes:
8.42"X7.00" and 7.80"X6.51" and 7.02"X5.87" and 5.80"X4.87" and 3.87"X3.27"
 

Music lovers will dig this sun with soul!



Stitch a bit of sizzling summer heat with pretty blooming cacti and a fun summertime hot dog.
     
Blooming cactus.   Hotdog in a bun with the word Summertime.
Available in five sizes:
11.48"X6.98" and 9.41"X5.74" and 7.79"X4.74" and 6.86"X4.16" and 3.86"X2.34"
  Available in five sizes:
11.80"X6.39" and 9.40"X5.07" and 7.80"X4.19" and 6.86"X3.68" and 3.86"X2.07"


This popsicle has melted as fast as the summer days melt into fall! Make a bit of the season stand still with fun popsicle and popsicle puddle designs. Stitch the popsicle on the upper part of your shirt, and add the puddle near the bottom for clever effect.
     
Popsicle melting machine embroidery design.   Popsicle puddle machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
6.76"X8.96" and 5.86"X7.77" and 3.93"X5.21" and 2.92"X3.86"
  Available in four sizes:
5.10"X1.07" and 4.42"X0.93" and 2.96"X0.63" and 2.20"X0.47"

Free article about finding embroidery blanks.
These popsicle and puddle designs go together in a very clever way. Let your imagination go and coordinate other designs for cute T-shirt vignettes!


Two baroque crests are beautiful with feathers and filigree. An eagle's upraised wings and crossed swords decorate the crest on the left, while the cross and diamond make the shield on the right a handsome and stately design.
     
Crest with eagle wings and swords machine embroidery design.   Crest with filigree and shield machine embroidery design.
Available in five sizes:
11.78"X6.01" and 9.40"X4.81" and 7.78"X3.98" and 6.85"X3.49" and 3.85"X1.96"
  Available in five sizes:
10.08"X7.00" and 8.47"X5.87" and 7.77"X5.41" and 6.84"X4.76" and 3.84"X2.67"


This design is ideal for your knight in shining armor! Stitch onto shirt fronts or backs for a royal and magical look.
     
Knight's helmet, sword, and shield machine embroidery design.   Free article about finding embroidery blanks.
Available in five sizes:
11.80"X6.88" and 9.40"X5.47" and 7.81"X4.53" and 6.86"X3.98" and 3.86"X2.24"
 

Stitch this design on a T-shirt for a cool, summer look!


Graceful filigree swirls around a fleur de lis, highlighted inside a diamond shape. It's a  fabulously fresh design for summer apparel.

A sword gleams among twining ivy. Stitch onto a T-shirt for your favorite fan of magic and fantasy!
     
Fleur de lis and filigree.   Fancy sword machine embroidery design.
Available in five sizes:
11.78"X5.77" and 9.40"X4.62" and 7.78"X3.82" and 6.85"X3.35" and 3.84"X1.90"
  Available in four sizes:
6.98"X8.79" and 5.85"X7.39" and 4.85"X6.11" and 3.07"X3.85"

 

Embroidering on T-Shirts!

 
 
Embroidering T-shirts can be tricky, but it will be a lot easier after you read Kenny's fantastic article! He offers tips on on everything -- choosing designs, how to hoop stretchy lightweight fabric, getting the design straight, what to do with the excess fabric, how to avoid stitching through the back, and more. Kenny makes it simple as he walks through his steps for embroidering on a T-shirt, explaining every step along the way. He'll have you embroidering T-shirts like a pro in no time! Click here for the tutorial!
 


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