How to Hand Stitch Text Onto White Fabric

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How to Hand Stitch Text Onto White Fabric
Use basic embroidery skills and supplies to add text to your next sewing project. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

In order to bring the ultimate personalisation to your sewing and crafting projects, consider adding the recipient's name to the item. You don't need to have an expensive embroidery machine or even extra equipment to do this type of project. In fact, you can learn to hand stitch the name or other words onto the fabric using items you already own in your sewing basket and around your home. You only need basic embroidery skills to finish off your projects in true personalised style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • White fabric
  • Disappearing or water soluble fabric marking pen
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle and thread

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  1. 1

    Practice writing or printing the words you wish to transfer to the fabric first. If you want to use a computer, open a word processing document and type the word or phrase in a variety of fonts and sizes until you find the one that suits your project, then print it. If you want to hand write the word or phrase, practice on plain white paper using a pencil.

  2. 2

    Tape the paper with your word on it to a window with sunlight coming through it. Alternately, if you have a light table you can tape your paper to it.

  3. 3

    Hold your fabric up to the window so that you can see the text through it. Move the fabric around until you have the text where you want it to be, and then tape the fabric to the window as well, right over the paper.

  4. 4

    Use a water soluble or disappearing fabric marking pen to trace the word or words onto the fabric. Remove it from the window.

  5. 5

    Put an embroidery hoop onto the fabric, over the word or phrase. Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss. The more threads of floss you use, the thicker your lines will be. Use the floss to "trace" the lettering with straight stitches onto the fabric. Wash out the fabric if you used water soluble marking pen in Step 4.

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