Free Patterns to Embellish Sweatshirts and Tee Shirts

Appliqued t-shirt hanging on desk
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Sweatshirts and tee shirts tend to be rather inexpensive. These wardrobe basics that can easily be turned into something worth far more than you paid for just a little bit of fun embellishing. Dress them up for special occasions and have an inexpensive wardrobe that you can wear with pride. These easy crafts will help you add a personal and creative flair to your everyday wear. 

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    Yo-Yo Tee Shirt With Hand Sewn Blanket Stitch and Chain Stitch

    An Everyday Tee Shirt Embellished with Yo-Yos

    Debbie Colgrove

    This tee shirt is a wonderful project that's easy to sew while watching tv or chatting with friends. It's also a great way to use up yo-yos.

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    Dress Up Garments with Frayed Patchwork Patches and Embroidery Samples

    Patchwork Patches and Embroidery Patches to embellish a shirt

    Debbie Colgrove

    Having trouble finding something to do with your old embroidery patch samples? Don't throw away those past experiments and samples. Use them to decorate shirts! This pattern is an elegant way to upcycle your wardrobe.

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    Sew a Halloween Pumpkin Appliqued Sweat Shirt

    Halloween Pumpkin Appliqued Sweat Shirt

    Debbie Colgrove

    Feel weird about dressing up in a costume but still want to be in on the Halloween fun? A shirt with a jack-o-lantern appliqued may be just the ticket! Here's a quick and easy pattern to add some pumpkin spice to your fall wardrobe. 

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    Machine Embroidering Tee Shirts or Stretchy Fabric

    Materials to hoop and stabilize a tee shirt

    Debbie Colgrove

    Embroidering a tee shirt takes an inexpensive ready-made clothing item and turns it into something to take notice of. Sounds simple enough... until you stretch the fabric as you hoop it. Alternatively, you launder the tee shirt to end up with a puckered mess.

    The good news is that all those problems are easily avoided with these step by step directions. You'll be adding fun personalized embroidery to your wardrobe in no time.