DIY Friday: Embroidered Pocket Tee

Photography by Taylor Cole Photography

Merrick's Art Embroidered Tee Refashion Project

Outfit Details:

Amuse Society Cardigan (more sizes here, and comes in black/gray), Old Navy Tee (embroidery tutorial below), Quay Sunglasses (sold out, but almost identical here), Blank NYC Jeans, Old Ankle Boots (Similar here and here), Vince Camuto Bag

One of the big trends of 2017 is embroidery. It’s been coming on for the last few years, and I’ve typically seen it in more fancy pieces like lace dresses and tops. But this year it’s becoming much more casual, and of course casual is my love language.

Merrick's Art Amuse Society Cardigan
Merrick's Art Embroidered Tee
Merrick's Art Street Style
Merrick's Art Embroidered Tee Refashion

I’ve seen embroidered jackets, jeans, and the super trendy Gucci sneakers, but I’ve recently seen some embroidered pocket tees (like this one, this one and this one, and realized they would be a really easy and fun DIY! I love that you can completely personalize with your thread color, text, and font, so your tee will be completely unique. But if you’re into DIY, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite embroidered pocket tees at the bottom of this post!

This project took me a little less than an hour from start to finish, and probably would have been faster if I hadn’t been watching the new Gilmore Girls episodes on Netflix (I’m only halfway through the first episode…not sure what I think yet. Any opinions for those of you who have watched them??)

Anyway, this is a quick and easy weekend project that you can mindlessly do while you’re watching tv or just chatting with your friends or husband before bed.

Here’s what you need:

pocket tee (I used this one)
embroidery floss (mine was #315 from DMC)
embroidery needle (or least one with a large enough eye)
disappearing ink marker

Step 1. Decide on your text and font. I knew I wanted mine to say je t’aime (“I Love You” in French) since it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, so I searched that term in Pinterest and found this art print and used it as my reference.

Step 2. Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface. Use your disappearing ink marker to draw out your words. Make sure you draw lightly with the marker.

Step 3. Now use your embroidery floss to stitch over the marker. I used a back stitch method — this video is helpful if you need help. Note: I stitched through the pocket and the shirt since it was easier and I didn’t need the pocket to be functional. But you can stitch just in the pocket fabric if needed! 

Step 4. Once you’re done, knot your floss tightly in the back and then press your pocket and stitching so it lays nice and flat. And that’s it — so easy!

What words do you think you would do??

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  1. Natali says:

    You are always looking so cool top to bottom and all of your DIYs are so impressive!


  2. Elisabeth Rigo says:

    I can’t agree more. This project is a very fun and easy one. I made myself one a few months back and my husband was impressed.

  3. Tali says:

    Hi, I don’t know if others have mentioned this but the images on your site are very big and in order to see some of them I have to scroll left and right. I just thought maybe you weren’t aware. Love your DIY posts keep them coming!

  4. Tali says:

    Actually now that you ask, on my phone it looks perfectly fine. It’s when I view your blog on my desktop computer that happens. I was wondering why that only happened occasionally. Thanks for asking.

  5. Krista says:

    Love this! Definitely want to try since I adore the trend.


  6. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    That sweater is so cute!

    Paige Flamm
    The Happy Flammily

  7. Stephanie Tiemann Reed says:

    This is a super adorable idea! I’m wondering how it washed? Did it get bunched up or anything? Thanks for all the great ideas to help me be a Mom in style; I need all the help I can get! 😉

    • Merrick says:

      Hi Stephanie! I haven’t washed it yet, but as long as you pre wash your tee, you should be fine 🙂 although it might need to be pressed with an iron after washing. Hope that helps!

  8. Mish Young says:

    Thank you for the video link, there are some great embroidery videos to bookmark!
    The t-shirt is super cute and I am thinking that the same idea of a plain white button up shirt would also work 🙂

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