Floral Embroidery for Jeans Tutorial


Take matters into your own hands and create that special embroidered denim piece you've been seeing everywhere lately. No need to pay a huge price or spend hours for this trendy new look. Just grab some jeans from your closet, a 1/2-yard of embroidered fabric, sharp scissors and a little iron-on adhesive paper and you'll be all set.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Iron-on adhesive paper
  • Sharp scissors
  • 1/2-yard of embroidered fabric (or reuse an embroidered thrift store garment) 
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Cute shoes (optional)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 1

Cut a 14-inch by 16-inch piece of iron-adhesive paper and a matching piece of embroidered fabric.

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Step 2

Preheat your iron to a silk setting with NO steam.

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Step 3

Place the shiny side of the iron-on adhesive paper onto the wrong side of the embroidered fabric.

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Step 4

Run the iron over the back of the paper until it adheres to the fabric.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 5

Once the paper is fastened, carefully cut around the embroidered designs you'd like to use on your jeans.

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Step 6

Lay out the embroidered pieces on your jeans to create a design you like.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Peel off the iron-on adhesive paper backing.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Place the shiny side of the embroidered pieces onto your jeans and pin to hold your design in place.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 9

Adhere the embroidered design to your jeans by pressing with the iron. Be sure to remove the pins before you start to press.

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 10

If you're concerned that the embroidered pieces might come off in the wash, you can use a needle and thread and hand sew around the edges to hold the embroidery in place.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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