How to stitch a Valentine’s Day blouse

This easy doodling idea can be cutomised however you like – add loops or other simple motifs or switch up colours to your taste. A small, neat backstitch works best for a minimal look such as this. Need an embroidery refresher? Take a peek at our Library of Embroidery Stitches.

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How to stitch a Valentine’s Day blouse

You will need:
• Blouse with a collar
• Embroidery thread
• Needle with a large eye
• Fabric chalk or pencil
• Scissors
• Ruler (optional)

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Step 1
Start by ironing your shirt and placing it on a flat surface. Button the shirt up and position the buttoned line on top. Draw a straight line across the front, next to the buttons, using your pencil or chalk. Decide on the placement of your heart and ‘break’ the drawn line by adding the heart symbol
in between.

Step 2
Measure the length of your button shirt, then double it and add 10cm (4″). This will be the length of embroidery thread you’ll need for stitching the front. Cut the thread to size.

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Step 3
Tie a knot at one end of your embroidery thread. Insert your needle at the top of your shirt from back to front, about 0.5cm (¼”) from the top. This will be your stitching width.

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Step 4
Pull the thread all the way through until the knot reaches the shirt. Start embroidering the drawn line using backstitch.

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Step 5
When you reach the heart shape, follow the line of the heart by ‘breaking’ the straight line. Continue embroidering the heart using the same thread. When you reach the end of the heart, continue backstitching the rest of the line.

Step 6
Finish your stitching and tie a knot at the end of your thread.

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Step 7
Draw a line with your chalk or pencil on the visible edge of the collar. Cut your embroidery thread to double the collar length, plus an extra 10cm (4″). Tie a knot at the end of the thread and start embroidering a backstitch line from one end of the collar to the other.

Step 8
Tie a knot at the end of the thread when you reach the other side. Check the embroidered lines to see if they’re neat. You can use your needle to move the thread a bit, to create a more ‘even’ line.

Lana RedAbout Lana Red
Lana Red has a passion for everything creative. With a background in theatre, she loves to combine multiple disciplines in her craft projects and share them on her website. She always wears dresses or skirts and never leaves the house without her red lipstick. www.lanaredstudio.com