Do you find yourself always looking for that one piece no one else will have? Something unique? True to you? And maybe even kind of sweet? We have just the answer, and the good news is you can do it from the comfort of your own home—DIY monogramming. (Yes, it's a thing.) Since I am no expert on the matter in any way, shape, or form, I decided to turn to an expert.
"Embroidery is literally the easiest way to monogram. It only takes patience! Draw your letters with a pencil on a white tee, and start with a back stitch. All you need is thread, a needle, and a pair of scissors—that's it," says Janis Munz of Janis Embroidery. And if she says it's possible, then it's definitely a case worth hearing out. To give you some background on Janis, while growing up in Paris, France, she would spend hours practicing embroidery with her nanny. But it wasn't until later in her life, between jobs and with some extra time on her hands, that she began stitching tattoo-inspired designs onto her favorite wardrobe pieces and from there created a business around it.
I am not crafty in any sense of the word, and the concept of DIY monogramming seemed extremely foreign to me, but Janis assured me with her step-by-step guide that it's actually pretty easy. By the end of her mini tutorial, you'll be able to monogram and embroider as many items in your closet as your heart desires. In other words, your wardrobe is about to get 10 times more exciting. All you have to do is follow the instructions below.
>Go on to find out just how simple DIY monogramming is and shop T-shirts fit for your first tries.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
STEP BY STEP:
1. Draw Your Design
I drew my design directly onto the material with an indelible pen in the same color as the floss I chose and used letters that allow for easy stitching.
2. Choose Your Thread
It’s important to get the size right—you don’t want too much length (it will cause too much slack) or too little. I usually measure the thread to be the length of my forearm, so pull that length out from the coil, and cut.
3. Thread the Needle
Tie a small knot on one end of your thread. This will secure your thread at the back of your first stitch. Threading the needle is the trickiest part of embroidery. My best tip is to flatten the thread with your teeth—when the thread is damp and flat, it will be easier to manipulate. Once the thread is through the eye of the needle, leave two-thirds of the thread (the knotted side) on one side of the needle.
Single stitches are the best for beginners. Make a single, straight stitch by pulling the needle through the material of choice. Continue along the pattern line you created earlier, bringing your needle back down into the same hole you created at the end of the last stitch you made.
5. Knot the End
Once your last stitch is completed, tie a tiny yet solid knot at the back, and cut the remaining thread very close to the knot. You can slightly burn the end of the thread with a lighter to really seal it off. Voilà—you’re done with your embroidery project!
>Scroll down to shop the perfect T-shirts you'll need to start your DIY monogramming journey, and be sure to check out Janis Munz's custom monogram embroideries here for inspiration.
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