NeedlecraftEmbroidery: Upgrade a Tank Top or Shirt

Embroidery: Upgrade a Tank Top or Shirt

This frugal embroidery method of how to upgrade a tank top or shirt is a great way to add a splash of color to a basic shirt. You can a dash of your creative nature into fine tuning a shirt with some embroidery thread with a simple stitch or even some small deigns.

Do you have a tank top that is dull and boring, spice it up. A hot summer day is the perfect time to dig out those thrift store tank tops. But you may not wish to look the same as everyone else. You can jazz up your tank tops with only a few inexpensive supplies.

One of the best methods to turn a thrift store tank top into your favorite summer casual wear is by adding embroidery. The blanket stitch, and the running stitch are two of the easiest stitches to learn, and best of all, they work up fast.

Start by embroidering a blanket stitch around the edges of the tank top. Then you can add a running stitch along the neckline to make it unique to you.

The best type of thread to use is a cotton DMC thread. If you want something fancier, you can use a silk thread, such as Purl Soho. The shiny softer feel will make your tank top customization look fancier. When choosing colors, select ones that will contrast with the color in your tank top. You may wish to choose a solid color tank top, but you can experiment and try ones with patterns. The only other equipment you need is a needle, needle threader, and scissors.

This simple technique will give a basic tank top some color flair. All you need are some basic sewing skills. Don’t worry if your stitches aren’t perfectly even either. You’re creating a handmade design, and it should never look machine-made.

Here is a great place to learn some simple embroidery stitches for super newbies (like me)… click here.

On a personal note, I have put learning the skill of embroidery on my list of self sufficiency goals. I want to embroider the saying “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys” on my jean capri’s, right above the knee caps facing me so I can remind myself not to be an over achieving people pleaser.

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Embroidery: Upgrade a Tank Top or Shirt
Embroidery: Upgrade a Tank Top or Shirt

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Melissa Francis
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Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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