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Learn all the embroidery stitches you'll need with our stitch library series! In this post, we show you how to sew stem stitch, then use your new skills to embroider a plain top!
How to use stem stitch to embellish a plain top
Use neat stem stitch to sew motifs on to plain T-shirts! In this example we’ve stitched a child’s birthday age onto a special birthday tee!
It sometimes seems like kids just can’t wait to grow up, so they’ll love proudly wearing their age on their T-shirt! Plain tees can be bought cheaply and easily, so this is a great last-minute gift idea for a birthday boy or girl. Simply find a font you like, print out the letters and numbers, and trace them onto the T-shirt to stitch over. We used satin stitch to fill in the lettering, and stem stitch (using the tutorial above) for the outlines, which gives a neat finish. The only problem is, they’ll expect one for every birthday!