How-To: Embroider Your Own Handwriting

by Jenny Hart


Embroidered handwriting is my favorite. Nothing is sweeter, more charming, more perfectly imperfect. 

But if the thought of writing directly onto your fabric gives you fits, here's how you can transfer your writing, position it and then stitch it. 

First, you will need Heavy Duty Tracing Paper:

Lay a sheet of Heavy Duty Tracing Paper over your stamped fabric (this is from our Ribbons & Banners pattern). Then write your words, saying or personal motto onto the tracing paper.

Here's why this is helpful instead of writing directly onto your fabric...

Position your writing where you want it to appear. Once you get it right where you want it, weight it down on one side so it doesn't move. (Be sure you are doing this on a smooth, hard surface.) 


Slip a sheet of Carbon Transfer Paper between the tracing paper and your fabric. 

Pressing hard, trace your writing (I'm using a tracing stylus here) to make an imprint on your fabric. 

The result?

Your writing is right where you want it.

Supplies shown:

Ribbons & Banners Embroidery Patterns

Heavy Duty Tracing Paper

Carbon Transfer Paper

Tracing Stylus


More How Tos:

How To: Tracing Paper & Transfer Pens

How To: White Patterns onto Dark Fabrics


Show me your stitched handwriting! Post it to me on instagram @sublimestitching and tag it #thewrittenstitch


Text, photos, diagrams and instructions by Jenny Hart ♥ © 2002 - 2014 Sublime Stitching ®.  
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