Sewing Tutorial- Embellish Boring Clothing

I think I’ve found my new little hobby {amongst all the others, right!}


I have a simple tutorial for you today on how to embellish a plain hoodie.

First, you chose what design you’d like to put on your hoodie or shirt.  Deciding this will assist you in knowing how many different fabrics you’ll need and how big or small to cut them.

I chose to make little leaf like shapes to put on mine.  I chose a handful of different colorful fabrics.  The great thing about this project, I allowed myself to just chose fabrics that I love and not making them matchy-matchy.  Just being free with it was so fun!

Embellishing clothingI bought this hoodie at Kohl’s {surprisingly not at Goodwill, I know!} and knew I just had to do something with it.

This is how I got started….

I used some Wonder Under fusible web {you can purchase at any hobby or sewing shop}.  It adheres to both the embellishment fabric and to the clothing, so it has adhering capabilities on both sides.

Embellishing clothingI laid it paper side DOWN and arranged my embellishment fabrics on top of it.

Embellishing clothingThen I use a non stick {plastic-like} sheet to protect my iron from the Wonder Under adhesive.  You know it makes a HUGE mess if you get it on your hot iron!

Embellishing clothing tutorialI iron until I know that the Wonder Under has adhered to ALL of the fabric as I don’t want to have any edges loose.  You can see the shiny backs of the fabrics now after I peeled the paper away.

Embellishing clothing tutorialSo, now you can use a fabric marker/pen or just a normal ball point pen to mark out the shapes you want for your embellishments.  Making leaf shapes is easy as they can be placed any which way.  But if you’re doing something that requires pieces face a certain direction, be sure to be reminded that you’re drawing them backwards on the fabric.  Another way you can do this so you don’t confuse yourself is to draw on the right side of the fabric and cut inside of the ink outline.

Embellishing clothing tutorialI cut all the pieces … Look, a pile of colorful leaves!!!

Embellishing clothing tutorialThen, I place them how I would like them on my hoodie.

Embellishing clothing tutorialMake sure to place them so they’re not over your pocket area {if your pockets are sewn to the front of the jacket}.

I also thought it would be fun to put some on my hood.

Embellishing clothing tutorialSo, now I go over them with my hot iron and adhere the embellishment fabric to my jacket and bring it over to my Brother sewing machine {that I absolutely LOVE, by the way}.

I just used a straight stitch on this project as I wanted them to eventually fray a bit around the edges to give it even more dimension and interest.  If I wanted it to be really neat, I would have used my zig zag stitch at a 1.5 width and .8 length.

And here is the finished product modeled here with Kirk Montgomery from 9 News Denver.

{read why he was in my studio here}

embellishing clothing tutorialHope this inspires you to look in your closet and take a plain garment and make it funky and cool …

just like you!!!

xo Tara


  1. Cindy {Jenkins Kid Farm} says:

    Tara, that turned out so cute!! Good job!!

    Hey, I want you to know that I watched the Golden Globes this year because of you! lol

  2. Cindy, you’re awesome! Thanks for watching it … I wonder if taradara boosted their ratings? LOL! I make myself laugh!

  3. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip!

  4. JaneEllen Jones says:

    Hey there Congratulations Awesome girl. So happy for you. You’re getting more “well-known” all the time. Have you been on Nate’s show yet? How would you like that to happen? Love your blog, I voted for you.

  5. What a great idea. I love that you’re going to let it fray a bit, too.

    Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a great day for you.

  6. Hi Tara!
    HAPPY SITS DAY! You are one crafty lady! Love what you’ve done with that jacket! Oh, and don’t even get me started on your amazing craft room!

  7. xo, Brittany says:

    Visiting from SITS, hope you enjoy your day! 🙂

    Your post has totally inspired me to be more crafty, I just LOVE it!


  8. What a cute sweatshirt upgrade! Hope you have a happy SITS Day today!

  9. Oh, I love that! I used to love to do things like that but since for me, it was a hobby, I got out of the habit when I went back to work. That tutorial makes me want to make the time!

    Happy SITS Day!

  10. Happy SITS day!

  11. Wonder Under is great. I’ve used it before in sewing projects. I’m a big quilter but since I’ve been blogging I’ve pretty much stopped sewing. I really need to get back into it. Glad to have found your site on SITS.

  12. Cute, cute, cute! What a great project for all those leftover fabric scraps that I can’t bear to throw out!

  13. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing your blog today!

  14. You have such a great eye for fun fabrics! Looking forward to seeing more of your creative projects!

  15. Katy Lunsford says:

    Tara – I love this! So happy for you!

  16. Melinda@LookWhatMomFoundandDadtoo! says:

    well thats too cute! happy SITS day 🙂

  17. Very cool! I have been meaning to get some fusible webbing for a while, now I have an even better reason to get some. 😀 Happy SITS Day!

  18. Stopping by from SITS.

    Very cute! I love it.

  19. almostsinglemom says:

    Love your blog and added your etsy shop to my favorites! Love it

  20. I feel like all of my clothing embellishment projects turn out a little off…

  21. {Adventuresindinner} says:

    You’ve inspired me. I can do iron-on C:

  22. Happy Sits Day!! I have to wear business suits every day so I’ll definitely be trying out these DIY ideas! It’ll be nice to add some pop to my business attire. I’ll check you out on Twitter too!

  23. Shannon from 'mynewfavoriteday' says:

    happy belated SITS day! You are amazingly crafty! I want to be like you, but alas I am not so talented with anything crafty. All of your stuff is amazing and I will come see you on Twitter. perhaps if I come here enough there will be hope for me yet:)

    • Thanks, Shannon! I really appreciate your comment and you coming by! I’m sure you are talented in come kind of art {like writing … that’s an art!}, you just have to find it. xo

  24. Carlo/Carlo At Your Service Productions says:

    Okay. I’ve got to tell you the truth. I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to embellish a hoodie, a shoe, or a handbag. But, you know what? I’m still a nice person. I’m a nice person who will tell people about how great you are and how wonderful it is; what you do. But, as for me – embellishing anything (except for to say… that now, you’re my new best friend!) is something I’d rather trade having a root canal for. Okay, so that’s a bit much. But you know what I mean.

    Guurrrl… You rock! I just wish I was built that way; to be a crafty kind of person. But, I’d rather tell people about you instead. 🙂

    Congrats for being chosen as a SITS FB!

    • LOL! Carlo, you’re so funny! Thanks for being so honest! hehe! I think I’d rather have a root canal than organize parties … so, we’re a perfect fit! We have talents of our own and can benefit from being BFFs!!! xo

  25. Stopping by from Think Pink Sundays!

  26. I love it! So cute, and I’m featuring your top on topsy turvy tuesdays this week, thanks for linking up, your AMAZING!


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