Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery


~Written by Brother Sews Blogger

An easy way to restyle jeans is to add a touch of embroidery. Free motion embroidery, also referred to as thread painting is so easy and you don’t even need an embroidery machine for this technique. Instead we are going to use free motion quilting techniques.

 

Materials:

  • Jeans
  • Medium Weight Tear-away Stabilizer
  • Any type of thread (all-purpose, rayon, embroidery, silk, cotton)
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Fabric marking pen or chalk
  • 'Open Toe' Quilting Foot

Free Motion Embroidery - Materials

 

Step 1: Layout the Design

  1. Try on the jeans and determine where you want the embellishment to go (Fig. 1).
    • Don’t place the embroidery..
      • Too close to the zipper
      • On top of thick seams
      • Over thick pockets
      • On top of metal rivets
      • Too far down the leg (remember you need to be able to get to the stitching area)
    • Good places for the embroidery:
      • Above the hemline
      • Along the back yoke (avoiding the center back seam)
      • Front hip
      • Waistband

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery Fig. 1 - Choose some Jeans

 

  1. Choose a hoop size that can easily fit into the jean pant leg and large enough for the design you have in mind (Fig. 2).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Hoop your design Fig. 2 - Choose a hoop

 

  1. Using tailor's chalk, mark the placement for the design (Fig. 3).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Mark your position Fig. 3 - Mark your position

 

  1. Draw a design with a fabric pen (Fig. 4).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Draw a design Fig. 4 - Draw a design

 

Step 2: Hooping the Jeans

  1. Slide the stabilizer into the jean’s leg behind the design area (Fig. 5). My design is close to the front pocket, so I will pull the pocket lining out of the hooping area.
Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Add stabilizer Fig. 5 - Add stabilizer
  1. Align the smaller inside hoop on the outside of the jean leg with the larger hoop and stabilizer inside the jeans leg (Fig. 6).
Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Align Hoop Fig. 6 - Align Hoop[/caption]
  1. Push the hoop closed, encasing the jean fabric and stabilizer, and tighten the screw on the hoop (Fig. 7).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Embellish Jeans with Free Motion Embroider Fig. 7 - Securing the hoop

 

Step 3: Free Motion Embroidery

  1. Set the sewing machine up for free motion quilting by dropping the feed dogs on your machine, and sliding the hoop under the presser foot, making sure to keep the back of the jean leg out of the way.  We only want the fabric in the hoop under the needle on the machine (Fig.8).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Machine Set-up Fig. 8 - Machine set-up

 

  1. Start in the middle of the design and fill in the design with thread (Fig. 9).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Color with thread Fig. 9 - Begin to color with thread

 

  1. Here I have outlined the design first. Then fill in the petals by moving the machine back and forth with thread (Fig. 10).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Fill in petals Fig. 10 - Fill in the petals

 

  1. This is your design, so don’t worry about perfection, just have fun (Fig. 11).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Have fun Fig. 11 - Have fun

 

  1. Continue to change colors of thread and paint away (Fig. 12).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Change colors Fig. 12 - Continue to change colors

 

  1. When you are all finished designing, remove the hoop and tear-a-way the stabilizer (Fig. 13).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Remove hoop and stabilizer Fig. 13 - Remove hoop and stabilizer

 

  1. You can see here how my design falls just under the front pocket, perfect (Fig. 14).

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Check position Fig. 14

 

  1. Brush off the chalk marks and your new embellished jeans are ready to go!

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Clean chalk marks Fig. 15 - Clean of chalk marks

 

Final Product

Embellishing Jeans with Free Motion Embroidery - Enjoy your new Jeans! Fig. 16 - Final Product

 

Cheers,

angelas-sig
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Lisa Says:
1/4/2017 1:03:04 PM

Are you using actual freezer paper?

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Jen Anderson Says:
7/7/2016 12:40:57 PM

I love this!!

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Sue Fritze Says:
6/14/2016 5:39:42 AM

Love this free hand, I have a small sewing machine I intend on giving to my Grandaughter (very soon) and she would love doing this on her own!! She is 13 and very very busy but smart.. loves to embroider and sew.

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Angela Wolf Says:
1/5/2017 7:51:40 PM

no, that is Medium Weight Tear-away Stabilizer. After stitching I tear it away and leave just the stabilizer underneath the embroidery.

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Angela Wolf Says:
3/13/2018 6:13:53 PM

thanks Grace :)

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Grace Latin Says:
1/24/2018 12:34:44 AM

You are awesome. it's very nice color full and very creative one I love it thanks for sharing it.

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