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What is custom sweatshirt embroidery and it's process? (2023)

16-Jan-2023- 4 min read

Even if you have no experience, you can do custom sweatshirt embroidery. It's always a good idea to practice some beginner and intermediate embroidery skills before working on a wearable item.

One thing to keep in mind while custom sweatshirt embroidery is that sweatshirts are usually made of stretch jersey knit fabric. On the other hand, traditional embroidery is done on unscratched woven fabric which is held in place with an embroidery hoop before sewing. Although you can use an embroidery hoop for custom sweatshirt embroidery. But it is important not to stretch it too much. The fabric may not return to its original pre-stretched state and your embroidery may not sit well on the fabric. If you use the hoop. So don't pull the fabric too tight and remove it as soon as you finish sewing.

What is the process of custom sweatshirt embroidery?

Gather your supplies.

  • A sweatshirt
  • A layout to follow (or idea on your mind!).
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needles
  • Scissors
  • Cloth pencil or air-eraser pen
  • Tracing paper and regular pencil (optional)
  • An embroidery hoop.
  • Beads/sequins (optional)

Sketch the design on the sweatshirt.

It's a good idea to draw your design on the sweatshirt first. Freehand drawing with a fabric pencil or airbrush pen will work for many designs, but if you're aiming for something particularly intricate, you'll want to use the tracing paper method.

To do this trace the design on the tracing paper with a regular pencil. Turn the tracing paper upside down on the sweatshirt. The pencil marks are towards the fabric. Rub the pencil on top of the traced lines so that the traced design is lightly transferred onto the fabric. This will give you enough of a guide to go over the fabric directly again with a fabric pencil or airbrush pen.

Start Stitching

It's time to start sewing. Pick your colors, thread your needle in the same color and get going. There are no rules here. Your embroidery can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be depending on your design and embroidery skill set.

Wash before wearing.

Your sweatshirt may have a few pencil marks from when you sketched the design on the fabric. After you finish sewing, gently hand wash to remove any marks as well as any stray pieces of floss or floss. Once it`s dry it is ready to wear.

How many ideas are there to make custom sweatshirt embroidery?

Following are the various custom sweatshirt embroidery ideas.

  • Description of small animals
  • Knotty Blossoms
  • Moon
  • Inspirational quote
  • Sharp skull
  • sketch
  • Abstract pattern


Custom sweatshirt embroidery is a fantastic way to spice up your outfit and express yourself through what you wear. You can keep your custom sweatshirt embroidery design simple. Or you can combine this art form with other methods of upcycling and fabric crafting. Patchwork, fabric painting, tie-dye, and knitting can be combined with embroidery to create truly unique, head-turning custom dresses. Experiment and have fun.


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