Bonjour! DIY Embroidered T-Shirt

Bonjour! DIY Embroidered T-Shirt

It's no surprise that I enjoy a good ol' DIY project but when it involves clothing I'm simply ecstatic. Working on a DIY that involves clothing makes me feel like I'm putting all my college fashion classes to good use. I've recently started working on my embroidery skills and I'm learning it's not as easy as I anticipated. All I can comfortably embroider right now is a leaf motif and letters. The mediocre skills I have inspired me to create a very easy embroidery DIY, because if I can do it with my beginner skills then I believe many can do the same.  If you're a female with interest in fashion, you have probably seen a plethora of embroidered t-shirts featuring floral designs and cute sayings. Some are very reasonably priced while many are quite pricey so I hope to help your bank account with this tutorial.  I chose "Bonjour" for my design but you can put whatever positive saying you want or something as simple as your initials. My favorite aspect of hand embroidery is that it gives you the freedom to personalize your wardrobe. 

DIY Embroidered Shirt Materials.jpg


  • T-Shirt
  • Embroidery Floss & Embroidery Needle
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Interfacing or Stabilizer (professional embroiderers prefer stabilizer, I like to live on the wild side and use interfacing)
  • Fabric Chalk or Pencil


1. Cut interfacing or stabilizer to the size of your desired design. This is a very important step if you're planning on using a knit shirt, the interfacing and stabilizer make the embroidery surface more sturdy so your design in smooth.

2. Turn the shirt inside out and iron on the interfacing or stabilizer on the desired location of the design. Place the interior hoop of your embroidery hoop on top of the interfacing, place the exterior hoop on the opposite side of the shirt and lock in place. 

DIY Embroidery Step 1
DIY Embroidery Step 2

3. Turn the shirt right side out and tighten your hoop.

DIY Embroidery Step 3

4. Draw on your desired design with fabric chalk. (As you can see in my picture it doesn't have to be perfect.)

DIY Embroidery Step 4

5. Thread your needle and start stitching away. Again as you can see my stitches are not perfect which I think actually works well with this design. If a script font is chosen for your design I would definitely recommend being a bit more careful when stitching. 

DIY Embroidery Step 5

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