EMBELLISHING JEANS WITH FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY

EMBELLISHING JEANS WITH FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery

An easy way to restyle or upcycle jeans is to add a touch of embroidery.  Free motion embroidery, also referred to as thread painting, is so easy and you don’t even need an embroidery machine for this technique.  Instead we are going to use free motion quilting / embroidery techniques.

Supplies Needed:

  • Jeans
  • Medium Weight Tear-away Stabilizer
  • Any type of thread (all-purpose, rayon, embroidery, silk, cotton)
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Fabric marking pen or chalk
  • Open toe quilting foot

Layout the Design

Try on the jeans and determine where you want the embellishment to go.  A few things to keep in mind:

Don’t place the embroidery:

    • too close to the zipper
    • on top of thick seams
    • over thick pockets
    • on top of metal rivets
    • Too far down the leg (remember you need to get to the area to stitch J)

Good places for the embroidery:

  • Above the hemline
  • Along the back yoke (avoiding the center back seam)
  • Front hip
  • Waistband

Choose a hoop size that can easily fit into the jean pant leg and large enough for the design you have in mind.  Using tailors chalk, mark the placement for the design.

Draw a design with a fabric pen.

Hooping the Jeans

Slide the stabilizer into the jeans leg behind the design area.  My design is close to the front pocket, so I will pull the pocket lining out of the hooping area.

Align the smaller inside hoop on the outside of the jean leg with the larger hoop and stabilizer inside the jeans leg.

Push the hoop closed, encasing the jean fabric and stabilizer, and tighten the screw on the hoop.

Free Motion Embroidery

Set the sewing machine up for free motion quilting and slide the hoop under the presser foot, making sure to keep the back of the jean leg out of the way.  We only want the fabric in the hoop under the needle on the machine.

Start in the middle of the design and fill in the design with thread.

Here I have outlined the design first. Then fill in the petals by moving the machine back and forth with thread.  This is your design, so don’t worry about perfection, just have fun!  Continue to change colors of thread and paint away J

When you are all finished designing, remove the hoop and tear-a-way the stabilizer.

You can see here how my design falls just under the front pocket, perfect! Brush off the chalk marks and your new embellished jeans are ready to go!  Be sure to join me on the social side using #angelawolf ♥ I always love to see what you are working on.

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Tutorial: Transform a Turtleneck into a Boatneck

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Transform a Turtleneck into a Stylish Boatneck Top

Here is another recycle project for the turtlenecks in our closet and its easy – perfect for beginners! For this sewing tutorial I am using a turtleneck that has a design, but any tank top will work.  Click below for the video tutorial and here is a quick recap.

SUPPLIES:

  • SCISSORS
  • ½” WIDE ELASTIC
  • PINS
  • TAILORS CHALK OR FABRIC MARKING PEN / PENCIL
  • TURTLENECK

Start by marking the new boat neckline on the turtleneck. I am using a dress form and following the design on the turtleneck.  Another option is to measure from the center front and back neck down to the top of the newly desired neckline.

Add a ½” seam allowance and mark the new cutting line.  Start cutting higher than the new marking to test the fabric for fraying. 

If it is determined the fabric does not fray, then go ahead and cut along the last chalk marked line.  If the fabric does fray, leave an extra 1” of fabric from the chalk marked line until after you attach the elastic. 

Measure around the circumference around the new neckline.  Subtract 1” from that measurement and cut the elastic the same length.  Start from the center front and pin the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric.  Stretch the elastic as you pin so the elastic is a little shorter in length than the fabric.  Continue to pin all the way around the top.  When you get to the center back, cross the elastic ends and pin to secure.  To read the full blog, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial or watch the video below.

I would love to see your creative designs, be sure to tag me if you post a photo #angelawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

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Cheers,

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DIY RESTYLE PROJECT: TURTLENECK MAKE OVER

DIY RESTYLE PROJECT: TURTLENECK MAKE OVER

 

I have a few turtlenecks that are made of beautiful fabrics, but I can’t stand the high, tight neckline. Time for another DIY recycle project to  makeover this sweater!  The look of see through fabric, embroidered, and embellished tulle are so trendy right now – why not add a touch of glamour 🙂   I have listed all the steps here and included a video below with the full tutorial.

Supplies:  Turtleneck, Tulle Fabric, Sewing Supplies including scissors, quilters ruler, tailors chalk, pins, universal or stretch thread (you can find the sewing supplies here on my amazon page)

 

 

The first thing we are going to do is cut off the sleeves and collar (my turtleneck has a raglan sleeve, but any sleeve style will work).  Cut inside of the sleeve seamline and underneath the collar.  Save the sleeves to use as a pattern.

Mark the back of the sweater: Trace the back for the sweater outline onto the tulle fabric from the underarm up.

Mark a line across the sweater where you want the sweater fabric to meet the tulle fabric.  Add a seam allowance and cut.  Align the sweater with the tulle fabric. add a seam allowance onto the tulle fabric and cut.  (the video below shows all these steps in detail).

With right sides together, pin the tulle fabric to the sweater fabric.

Click on the video below to watch the full tutorial or head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial. 

Are you going to try this cute restyle?  Leave a comment below and tell me what you think 🙂

Cheers,

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Embroidery is such a hot trend this spring!  Whether you are sewing a skirt from scratch or recycling one from the back of your closet, adding a touch of embroidery can create an entirely fresh look.  Keep in mind this would look great on a dress too 😊

Supplies:

DESIGNER TIP: My skirt fabric is a linen blend, but the stabilizer I am using would work great on rayon, cotton sateen, denim, wool, and cotton blends.  JUST be careful with satin, silk blends, and velvet (to name a few).  You don’t want to damage the fabric from the iron when pressing on the fusible stabilizer; it’s best to test the stabilizer on a swatch of fabric first.

Determine the placement for the embroidery on the skirt.  I am going to focus on one side of the front of the skirt; marking that spot with a fabric pen or tailors chalk.   Press the embroidery stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric covering the area to be embroidered.

Hoop the fabric and insert the hoop into the machine.  Choose an embroidery design or add a couple of designs onto the screen.  Scan the fabric in and move the embroidery design as needed. If you don’t have the scanning feature on your sewing machine, use an embroidery placement marker such as the snowman or other tools.

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Cheers,

 

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I bought this sweater a few years back because the fabric is soft and fluffy, but I never wear it because the collar is too tight!  I leave it in the drawer and pet it every once in a while 🙂  Even when I would attempt wear the sweater on a cold, wintry day; it was off in less than an hour; it’s even too uncomfortable to wear fishing!  I would say to myself, “f I could just open that collar up.”  Then it occurred to me … add a zipper and refashion the sweater into a jacket.

Supplies:  

  • 22” separating zipper (measure in the center of the sweater from the top of the collar to the hemline to determine the length of the zipper)
  • 4 pieces of vinyl cut the length of the center front by 3” wide
  • Fusible interfacing 2” wide by the length of the center front of the sweater, including the collar
  • Non-stick foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Universal thread in coordinating color

Prep & Mark the Sweater

Start by marking the center front of the sweater. I am marking the sweater a contrasting color thread, if the fabric allows you can use a fabric marking pen or tailors chalk.

 

 

Turn the sweater inside out.  Center the fusible interfacing along the center of the sweater and press in place.

 

Cut along the center marking, from hem to the top of the collar.

 

Sew the Zipper 

Line up each side of the zipper with the vinyl as shown.  Stitch along the edge of the zipper teeth.

To read the full blog and finish up your sweater upcycle, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial.  This is such a quick way to customize any bowl, I can’t wait to try different fabrics for the holiday season!

Cheers,

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Supplies

Let’s Get Started – Designing the Tank!

Try on the shirt and check the fit. Start by marking the width of the desired tank onto the shoulder seam

 

As I am holding up this sleeve, notice how wide the top is and how low the armscye falls. This will all be changed J

Measure from the back of the neck to your natural waistline and draw a line. Measure on the front of the top as well.

From the waist marking, measure down an additional 3” and place another mark.  (I am adding the 3” to allow a little blousing when the dress is belted).  Measure down another ½” to allow for a seam allowance.

Next, draw a line from the underarm seam up to the shoulder mark as shown.

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