Personalize Your Denim with Embroidery! (+GIVEAWAY!)

How to embroider onto denim Friends, I could NOT be more excited to share this post today! We’re talking about how to personalize denim (jackets, shirts, etc.) with embroidery—so get excited! We’ve also got a little free pattern download for you as well, so stayed tuned for that, not to mention a chance to win your own awesome embroidery+sewing machines!!!

We worked with EverSewn on this post. I used the EverSewn Hero to complete these projects. The Hero is a combination sewing and embroidery machine (it can do both!), so if you are interested in embroidery and/or in the market for a sewing machine, I would totally recommend this one. It’s got a number of features that I like, which I’ll share more about through this post, but also, ahem, it’s a really CUTE machine. And I don’t know about you, but my sewing machine is pretty much always sitting out in my craft/home office area, so it gets major bonus points for being cute in addition to being useful. 🙂

DIY embroidered denim jacket (via embroidered denim jacket close up
Embroidery giftsI actually completed three projects I’m sharing with you today. I added my name to my denim jacket. I deiced to embroider both my first and middle name (Emma Marie) as I rarely get to use my middle name, but I think it’s pretty cute (thanks, Mom and Dad!). You could also embroider your initials, your IG handle name, or a nickname. The sky’s the limit. 🙂 I also embroidered this fun “The Babe with the Power” design onto the back of a denim shirt. This is a quote from one of my favorite childhood movies (The Labyrinth) as well as a shirt we sell on Oui Fresh.

And the third project is I embroidered a little present for the newest member of the A Beautiful Mess extended family. 🙂 Laura and Todd recently welcomed their baby girl into the world, so I made her a jacket that says “gummerbĂ©bĂ©”. I was sort of giving a nod to the fact that Laura is a major Francophile and also loved the book Bringing Up BĂ©bĂ©. I added a few hand-stitched daisies around the text as well.

DIY baby giftsHere’s me making the baby jacket wave. I think I’m hilarious. 🙂

EverSewn Hero embroidery and sewing machineI thought I would just share the basic process with a few little helpful tips I learned. There are also some tips for hand-stitched embroidery. But for all you veteran embroidery queens out there, you can skip ahead to the download if you like. 🙂

-denim clothing
EverSewn Hero machine OR a hoop, needle, and a LOT more time 🙂
-embroidery thread
-temporary fabric adhesive
-embroidery scissors

Let’s do this.

DIY embroidery suppliesThere are a number of different kinds of stabilizers. Above you can see the kind I used. If you are embroidering on to denim or another sturdy fabric, then I like tear away stabilizers, and you can even consider using two layers as you work. If you are working on something more delicate, like a lace design or something of that nature, you might consider using a wash away stabilizer.

Also, this temporary fabric adhesive is really useful and sort of amazing. I kept thinking of other ways to use it while I was working on this project, and I came up with mostly Halloween costume ideas… so, not very helpful ideas for May. I’ll just tuck those away onto my mental Pinterest board for now I guess. 🙂

Hoop stabilizerCut a piece or two of the stabilizer and hoop it.

Use temporary fabric adhesive to hold fabric in placeSpray the stabilizer with the fabric adhesive, and then stick the denim jacket (or other item) to the stabilizer. This is going to hold your clothing item in place while the machine (or you, in the case of hand stitching) embroider. You want to make sure your denim item is lined up within the hoop so that your design will be added in the right place. The Hero machine comes with a guide you can use, also the hoop has little indicators on it that help you line up the item so it’s straight and centered as needed.

Don’t be afraid to peel the item off the stabilizer and try again until you get the placement exactly right. Taking the time at this step to ensure you’ve got your denim exactly where it needs to be is important. And in case you’re curious, the temporary fabric adhesive peels right off but IS strong enough to hold large denim items in place. It doesn’t leave hardly any residue either (nothing you can see, just a little sticky until you wash the item). Amazing, right!? How do they make this stuff?

Choose design text or usb designsNow carefully click the hoop, with the item stuck in place, into the machine. (You should already have your bobbin with thread in place before you do this. I don’t go over threading in this tutorial as it’s all easily found in the manual.)

Make sure any excess fabric, so for the jacket in the photo above—the sleeve and bottom half of the jacket, is placed around the machine so it can easily move the hoop slightly as it embroiders. You don’t want the machine to get caught because you accidentally tucked the sleeve under the machine or something.

Then use the screen to choose what design you want. There are designs the machine comes with (left option), text (middle option), or you can add your own design from USB (right option). If you add your own design from a USB, you will need to make sure it is formatted so the machine can read it. EverSewn has software that will do this for you on their website, but right now it is only for PC users. So you may need to get a friend to help you with this part! 

Choose textThis was the jacket I added my first and middle name to, so I chose text and then spelled out the letters I wanted.

You can resize the letters (or design) some within the machine. So if you are just starting to use this, I would recommend embroidering your text or design onto a scrap piece of denim first just so you can be sure you are happy with the size before adding it your garment.

How to add your name to a denim jacketI call this part ‘machine magic’ because once you have everything set up and your design picked, you just let the machine stitch it for you. It’s amazing! It kind of reminded me of those pianos that play music and the keys even press down but no one is actually playing them—you know? It’s crazy!

Trim up embroidery designOnce the design is complete, just snip away any excess threads.

Remove tear away stabilizerAnd then tear (or wash) away the extra stabilizer. Easy!

Hand stitched elementsIf you are hand stitching an element (like my little daisy designs above), you can follow many of the same steps. Just hoop your stabilizer and spray with fabric adhesive to stick your clothing item in place, then stitch away. If you’re clothing item can be hooped itself, then you can do that, but denim and especially denim jackets don’t work well this way because the fabric is too thick and they have elements like collars and sleeves that can make it difficult.

The Babe with the Power embroidery pattern The Babe with the Power embroidery design downloadI sort of want to put this design on everything now. So if the next time you see me I’m wearing a jacket, jeans, and this shirt and they all say “The Babe with the Power,” I’m sorry in advance. This could also work on a baby jacket if you just resize the design in the machine. 🙂

Click to download the Babe with the Power file and worksheet here. You may need to make the design smaller in order to fit it through the hoops, here is a second embroidery file and here and here are the split design worksheets.

DIY personalized embroidered denim jacket (via Red heart patchesHere’s what is on the back of my jacket in case you are curious. Claire gave me that big patch for my birthday so I used red embroidery thread for my name on the front to match the red patches on the back. Matchy matchy.

How to embroider onto denimIn summary: embroider your name and maybe also this babe design on EVERYTHING. You probably won’t regret it. Ha. But seriously, thanks for letting me share, and if you do use this embroidery design on something, let us know! Tag it with #ABMcrafty xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Elise Abigail Photography and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. Embroidery design by: Mara Dawn. Hot Tub Club patch can be found at 

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Two Ways To Style Double Braids 

I live in the countryside in an area that is known as “Apple Orchard County” in fact, so there’s been a lot of bloom watch this spring. When will the apple blossoms be out? What flowers are blooming in the woods (right now it’s bluebells and wild garlic)? So it’s only natural with all this blossom distraction that flowers would also find their way into my hairstyles! So here’s two ways you can style a pretty flower crown this spring based on a couple of quick braids. If flower crowns aren’t your thing, ditch the flowers and just try out these double braided looks.Step One: Start with brushed hair.

Step Two: Take a small section of hair from behind your ear. I like to take a section of hair that is sort of underneath and more hidden.

Step Three: Braid it out. Repeat on the other side of your head.

Step Four: Pancake your braids for a fuller look.

Step Five: One styling option is to pin your braids on top of your head. Tuck the ends underneath and pin in place with a few bobby pins.Alternative styling technique: Pin your braids on the back of your head. Again tuck the ends underneath and pin in place with a few bobby pins. I like how this creates almost a little “peek-a-boo” braided look and it’s a perfect base for a Grecian style flower crown (that wraps around the back of your head) to sit on! You can also add the flower crown to the top braided look if you want as well; the braids help keep the crown in place and give you something to pin your crown to.That’s it! Both braided styles are so quick and easy—definitely something you can pull off in less than five minutes, and if you want to kick it up a notch, just add a flower crown. I’ve been wearing my hair in both of these styles so much this spring and I love the subtle look of a half flower crown like this. When it is styled on the back of the head, it’s high impact from the back, but almost invisible from the front. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom
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Make a Colorful Indoor Herb Garden

Make-a-Colorful-Indoor-Herb-Garden-click-through-for-tutorial_Fresh herbs are one of the easiest ways to take your cooking from boring to fine dining. But if you are anything like me, the ones that I buy at the store get forgotten in the back of the fridge and turn into a gross mess. That is why I am so excited about my new colorful indoor herb garden! Now I can have fresh herbs for every meal, and since they are right out there on the counter and eye-catching colors, there is no way I am forgetting to add them to my next home-cooked meal! This project is super simple and only requires a little paint, but it’s a project you will be so happy you did because fresh herbs just make everything taste 100% better.




ikea socker plant pot with stand
-spray paint in your choice of colors
-spray shellac sealant
-herbs and potting soil (I planted mint, oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme, and chives.)

Step One: Begin by spray painting the exterior of the pots and letting them dry. Since you will be growing food in these containers, I wouldn’t recommend spraying the inside of the pots. But you could and then just use a plastic liner to keep a barrier between the plant roots and the spray paint.

Step Two: Once the paint is dry, coat the exterior of the pots with spray shellac. This will keep the spray paint from chipping and give the containers and nice glossy appearance.

Step Three: The last step is to assemble the pot stand and plant your herbs with your potting soil.


So simple you almost don’t need a tutorial!


Now that I have all the fresh herbs I need, I’m off to teach myself a few new recipes! If all this color isn’t your thing, feel free to try something more your taste. How cute would blush pink pots with gold lettering spelling out the herbs be?! No matter how you customize your indoor herb garden, one thing is for sure, you will have the freshest kitchen on the block! xo. Kara

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.
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Daisy Statement Necklace

As a gal who does quite a few crafty projects, I often find myself with an abundance of usable scraps. It pains me to throw them away, and there are only so many times you can con your friends into taking sacks of fabric remnants before you’ve filled their craft storage space. My new goal is to come up with different projects to utilize these leftovers. This daisy necklace is my first fun project with scraps, and it’s awesomely easy!

-white scrap fabric (I had some pretty crushed velvet in my stash)
-white leather or vinyl
-stitch witchery
-gold ribbon crimps
-gold lobster clasp
-gold jump rings
-gold buttons
-needle and thread
-craft glue (optional)

To begin, cut a length of scrap fabric to fit around your neck. (Mine was approximately 2″ x 13″.) Place two strips of stitch witchery across the bottom portion (wrong side of the fabric) and fold in half. Press with a hot iron.

Once your strip of scrap fabric is pressed, trim the raw edge so it’s straight and smooth.

Next, draw out a four petal template on a piece of paper or cardboard. Trace around the fabric on the back side of your leather. Cut out as many flower shapes as will fit across your fabric strip. I opted not to go all the way around my fabric because my hair loves to get tangled up in accessories. No, thank you.

If your gold buttons have raised backs like mine, cut slits in both layers of your daisy for the back to push through. Insert your needle and thread through the back side of your fabric strip and out the front, through the button hole, and back through to the back. Don’t worry about knotting your thread. It’s best to keep two tails that you can tie together on the back. Trim the tails and repeat.

When all of your flowers are attached, finish off the necklace with your ribbon crimps and lobster clasp. Instead of buying chain for the other end of my necklace, I simply connected several jumprings. When my daisy necklace was finished, I opted to use craft glue to help hold the petals down, but that’s totally your choice. Either way looks cute!

I was a little nervous as I was making this because I wasn’t sure how much I would actually wear it. As it turns out, I wear it A LOT. The leather and velvet are so soft around my neck and the daisies give such a pretty accent. I call this a scrap fabric DIY win! Happy crafting, friends! xo. Katie

Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.


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