How to embroider the alphabet

If you can embroider one letter of the alphabet, you can embroider all of them. Embroidering letters onto fabric is easy and you can use your choice of stencils, cutouts or computer fonts to guide your work. Add a three-letter monogram to a bathrobe or a pair of pillowcases or embroider a child's name onto her backpack. You can even embroider letters onto squares of felt and use them to a help a young child learn the alphabet.

Transfer the letters onto tracing paper. You can draw the letters freehand or create the letters on a computer program and print them onto printable tracing paper. You can even place a letter stencil on top of the tracing paper and trace the letters with a tracing pencil.

Center the tracing paper on top of the fabric. You can pin the tracing paper onto the fabric when using sturdier fabric, such as many cotton blends. When embroidering satin or leather, spray temporary adhesive on the back of the tracing paper to join the two pieces together.

Spray a little bit of the temporary adhesive on the back of the tearaway stabiliser and press it against the back of the fabric.

Attach the embroidery hoop. Place the fabric on top of the bottom of the embroidery hoop. Place the top of the embroidery hoop on the fabric, centre the letters in the hoop and close the hoop carefully.

Thread the embroidery floss through the needle and pull to double the floss. Tie a knot at the floss ends. You can use a medium-size sewing needle if you do not have an embroidery needle.

Poke the needle into the back of the fabric, through to the front and back into the fabric to make the first stitch and then continue stitching along the letter. Finish stitching on the back of the fabric.

Take the embroidery hoop off the fabric and carefully tear away the tracing paper and stabiliser. Remove these in little sections to avoid tugging on the stitches.

Repeat the above steps to embroider the rest of the alphabet.

Things You'll Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Letter stencil (optional)
  • Tracing pencil
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Fabric
  • Tear-away stabiliser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle (or sewing needle)
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