Embroidery made easy!

Tempting Templates

None of us here at Confident Stitch are embroidery pros but we’ve been known to dabble, especially when it comes to adding a unique embroidered touch to a hand-made garment! So you can imagine how excited we were to discover the Peel, Stick & Stitch Embroidery templates designed by MJ Creative. The idea is that, with these templates, you can add embroidery to anything: a tote bag, a sweatshirt, pockets, etc!

As the name suggests you just peel the backing off the template, stick it to the spot you plan to embroider, and then simply stitch over the template, using the drawing to guide you. When you’re all done, the interfacing-like material that the template is printed on dissolves in warm water, leaving no trace that it was ever there.

Every single one of MJ Creative’s templates is adorable. We just had to get them all, and I couldn’t wait to give it a try!

MJ Creative’s collection of Peel, Stick & Stitch Embroidery templates

Add some flare

Once the templates arrived, I scoured our garment samples for something to test on, and landed on Kate’s Maria Apron. An embroidered design looks like it was destined to go on the front. Plus, I knew it would really stand out on the gorgeous Ventana Twill in Bordeaux! With the garment picked, my template choice became obvious: the Wildflowers pack. (To match the floral Cotton + Steel Canvas that Kate used for the pockets and facing, of course!)

My process

I wanted to incorporate all 6 flower templates, so – before peeling off the backing – I arranged them to my liking (layering them slightly) and snapped a quick reference photo. (If you’re more precise than me, you could use a fabric marker to outline where you want them to go.)

I used my photo to determine which stickers were furthest back and placed those first. It took me a few tries to get the placement right. But they were easy enough to peel off and re-place, and they didn’t lose their stickiness.

I experimented with the template arrangement on the front of the apron before sticking them in place.

With the ‘peel’ and ‘stick’ steps done, it was time to start stitching! I grabbed an embroidery hoop, picked out some floss in colors that matched the floral canvas, and got to work.

Note: Our assortment of embroidery floss is, currently, only available for purchase in-store, not online.

Stitches at a glance

As mentioned, I’m a novice embroiderer, and a “just wing it” type when it comes to most creative processes. I started out stitching with all six strands of floss but decided to strip down to three when I wasn’t getting the detail and precision that I wanted. My approach to this process was to essentially “color” in the line drawings with a simple Satin Stitch. However, I did also refer to the Hand Embroidery – Stitches At-A-Glance booklet we carry in the store to push myself to experiment with different embroidery stitches. I used a Split Stitch for the stems, a Fishbone Stitch for some of the leaves, and French Knots for the centers of the flowers.

When my French Knots started coming out all knot, no French right in the middle of my thread (NOT ideal!), I used YouTube as a crutch. There are countless video tutorials out there for those who need to see processes all the way through in real-time. Click on the stitch names above to watch the video tutorials that I found helpful for each!

Wash n' Wear

After about a week of short spurts of embroidering, I was all done. I rinsed the embroidered area in warm water and watched the stickers dissolve completely. Once everything was dry, I fused some lightweight interfacing over my embroidery to hold everything in place. I could feel some stiffness in the fabric from the dissolved templates, but that went away after a machine wash.

Stitch by stitch

I love the process of hand-stitching. Of not being tied down to a sewing machine. I love how easy it is to put it down and pick it back up. And I love how simple it was to make Kate’s cute apron even cuter! If you’re looking to grow your hand embroidery abilities, I highly recommend using these Peel, Stick & Stitch Embroidery templates to inspire your exploration. They supply more freedom than a typical embroidery kit (I loved picking out my own colors), but I also really appreciated not having to create my own design from scratch.

I hope you have as much fun with these templates as I did. Happy Stitching!


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