Embroidering Robots and Airplanes

by Andrea on December 21, 2011

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to share one more gift idea.  The two examples below were made for our little ones, but you could really make this for anyone, young or old.

I embroidered my first shirt for Mo’s birthday in August, and to be honest, kind of fell in love with the craft.  For little money, you can take basic items and make them cool and unique.

For the holidays, I decided to embroider clothing for little Pip and Mo.  To be honest, the hardest part was actually finding a shirt for Pip that was simple and without embellishments.  The pink shirt below was the closest I got.  There is still some pleating, but it was good enough.  For Mo, I embroidered a little hoody.  I thought he’d look pretty cool in his one of a kind hoody.  Target is selling quite a selection of colors for little boys for $8.

For Pip’s shirt, I based the design on a little airplane clipart.  I outlined the plane with a chain stitch and added some stars.

I think it turned out pretty cute, if I say so myself.

Since arriving in Portugal, I’ve had much more free time than I typically do at home.  For Mo’s hoody, I researched some new stitches and tested them out on a custom design.  I did a ton of research on Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials and settled on quite a few stitches to make his robot.  Happily, I discovered that not a single one of those stitches were hard to create which solidified my love for all things embroidery.  Plus Sarah does an AWESOME job explaining each stitch, both in writing and through photos.

I started by sketching a robot on a pad of paper and determining which stitches to use on the different robot parts.  Then I sketched out the robot onto the fabric using a blue Embroidery Transfer Pen that I picked up at Joann’s.  The packaging said the blue ink would come right out with just cold water, and it really did.  For dark colored fabric, Joann’s has a white pencil option that works in a similar manner.

Guide to the robot stitches:

Good luck with your last minute Christmas gift making and shopping!

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