DIY Embroidered Collar Tee (VERY EASY) | Make Thrift Buy #58

DIY Embroidered Collar Tee (VERY EASY) | Make Thrift Buy #58

Hello! Welcome back to another episode of
Make Thrift Buy! This is the show where YOU send in items from high fashion, to fast fashion,
or super expensive clothes from the internet and then I try my best to recreate them. Today’s suggestion comes from @bellespirit,
who sent in these tops from Urban Outfitters. And as bellespirit said, they’re supposed
to look DIY. Well, the thing about these tops is that they kinnnnnd of are? They HAVE been
upcycled, in a sense, if in a more commercial setting. They’re from this small part of
Urban Outfitters called Urban Renewal, which is actually kind of cool. While I’m glad that Urban Outfitters is
doing some upcycled fashion, they’re still not all-round the most ethical company…
at all – and I really don’t want to give them my money. Now this isn’t technically the normal way
we do Make Thrift Buy because this is kind of an upcycled item already, but the whole
point of DIY… is that you don’t have to buy it from Urban Outfitters. You can do it
yourself – that’s what D I Y stands for. Alright, let’s jump right into it. So seeing as we’re doing this for ourselves,
ah, we can personalise the words on the collar, to anything we want. And you all know me. I LIVE to make puns. So the words that I am going to go with are
“Resting Stitch Face”. Okay so I’m jumping right in here to just
mention, and this has absolutely nothing to do with sewing, at all, but for some reason
the wikipedia page on “resting b&@$ face”, also known as RBF – is surprisingly well-referenced?
And it’s referred to as a “phenomenon”? And has been studied by actual real psychologists?!
Anyway I just found all of this really amusing and it’s worth a read at some point
– ANYWAY. Here’s a t-shirt that I thrifted for 50c
to do this project on. Essentially all I wanted to do was embroider “resting stitch face”
around the neckline. And if you already know how to hand-sew or how to embroider, this
all might seem pretty easy and self-explanatory, but you can still stick around for the, I
think, relaxing time-lapse of me embroidering the whole thing. First, I opened up a word document so I could
type out my phrase, count how many letters were in it – which was 19 – and quickly
make a table with 19 columns. I put one letter or a space in each column,
from the start to the end of my phrase. Then I halved 19 – which is 9.5 – meaning
that letter in the middle of the phrase is going to be the 10th letter, with 9 letters
on each side. I used this as a reference for the rest of the project to make sure my embroidered
words would be centred around the collar. Then it was time to choose some colours – this
whole box of embroidery threads is a hand-me-down from my mum who got really into cross-stitching
for a hot second there in the 80s. But she doesn’t use them anymore, so they’re mine
now! I chose a couple of colours that I thought
would go with the grey t-shirt. I ended up going with a black and a light pink, so that
I could do one word in a different colour to make it stand out. Now this next step is to make sure that the
phrase will be centred – of course, if you want a less-precise look, you could skip this
step! Using some chalk, I made a mark exactly in
the centre in the front of the collar of the t-shirt – and then, referencing back to
my table from before, I drew 9 evenly-spaced lines out from that mark on the right, and
then I drew 9 evenly-spaced lines out from the left. So now it’s like I kind of have my table
stretched out along the collar. First, I cut some embroidery thread to about
the length of my forearm. I decided to thread my needle with all 6 smaller
threads of the embroidery thread – As you can see here, embroidery threads are
thicker than usual threads and made up of 6 smaller individual threads.
And these can be separated into groups of 2 or 3 threads if you want. But I’m going
to use all 6. I used a needle-threader, which is THIS thing,
to help me get this thick thread through an embroidery needle, left a tail dangling through
the needle, and I tied a knot – 2 knots actually – in the other end. I cut the ends off from the knot and now the
thread is ready to go. Next I grabbed an embroidery hoop. Now this is what you don’t want to do–
don’t put both layers of t-shirt through in like I did. Instead, you want to fix the hoop – which
is done by just taking it apart, putting the fabric inside and then pushing it together
and tightening the bolt – you want to fix the hoop onto the FRONT layer of the t-shirt
only and basically it just helps keep the fabric pulled taught so you can get the cleanest-looking
stitching and it’s also a lot easier as well. I was able to easily move the back of the
t-shirt down out of the way, and now I could begin stitching. I wanted to give the letters a “digital
clock” look, so that I could pretty much use all straight stitches. So I started out with the middle letter that
I marked out before, which was the “T” in the word “stitch”. Now to make this embroidery
stitch, I brought the needle and the thread up through the back of the t-shirt to the
front. Then I brought the needle across like this, about a quarter of an inch and brought
it back down through the fabric to the backside. Then I brought the needle up again, but not
right next to where I just went down – I brought it up through HERE, about a quarter
of an inch away from where the needle went down before. And then I brought it across
and down in the same place where the needle went through EARLIER in the previous stitch. I continued sewing like this until I had a
“T” made out of 4 stitches. And then I just continued along! Doing letter
by letter and using the grid lines around the collar to tell me where each of my next
letters would be. Heheh… tit. I’m going to make the middle word “stitch”
stand out on the light grey of the t-shirt by sewing it with a black thread, while the
other two words will stand out a little bit less on either side in a light pink thread. And the type of stitching that I’m doing
here is mostly “back-stitch”, as it’s known in the embroidery world, and it’s
one of the simplest embroidery stitches. When the threads started getting really short,
I would bring the needle and the thread through to the insides of the t-shirt, and tie a couple
of knots in the thread, then cut off the excess with some scissors, like this. I also readjusted the embroidery hoop so that
the part I was working on was more or less in the middle of the hoop. [music plays] Yeah so, I reaaaally like this.
It’s also a really beginner-friendly project – you can do it without a sewing machine
and you can do it entirely with one of the simplest embroidery stitches there is.
So, is this a make, thrift or a buy? [scissor snipping, zipper sound effect] And you can also do it on an old or a thrifted
t-shirt too for some upcycling bonus points! Okay, so I also wanted to announce that I’m
going to be at Vidcon Australia in September! And I wanted to know if any of you guys are
going! Also, if you can’t afford tickets, um, but you live in Melbourne which is where
Vidcon is going to be and you wanted to go, then I am giving away tickets as well, so
stick around for about a minute til the end of this video to learn how to enter. So, while I’m at Vidcon, um, apart from
just seeing me generally around and about, you’ll also be able to come and listen to
me speak on a panel about Online Video and Mental Health. Now I feel quite qualified
to speak on that panel as I’m currently, in the process of – like, today, switching
anti-depressants – and I’m very loopy, I’m very dizzy, – and for the past couple of
months I’ve also had some really fun super fun times with depression and anxiety, and
also one of the major reasons for youtube being my job, like what I do, for money, is
because of chronic health problems and mental illness – anyway, as fun as that sounds,
I do think it’ll be really interesting. So come and see me talk about chronic and
mental illness and probably see me cry, as well – it’ll be super fun, I promise!
[laughs] Now, if you can’t afford tickets but you
really wanted to go to Melbourne Vidcon, I am doing a giveaway for 5 community passes,
um, for both days of Melbourne Vidcon on this video. Just leave a comment below THIS video,
saying: “I’d like to win a Vidcon pass something something” so I know that you’re
entering, and THEN just tell me a little bit about why you’d love to go to Melbourne
Vidcon. Now the giveaway is for the ticket ONLY – it doesn’t cover travel or accommodation
or anything like that – so it’s probably best to enter if you live in Melbourne, or
you can easily make it to Melbourne for the weekend that it’s on. I’d also like to kindly
ask you that you only enter if you really can’t afford to buy tickets. If you can
more easily afford them, then, I mean know we all loving winning things, but please,
please leave room in this giveaway for people who can’t afford them otherwise. OH and
also, make sure the username that you comment with has a link back to your youtube or google
+ page, um, where you have contact info, or make sure that you get notifications for replies
on your comments – because I’ll need to be able get in touch, um, with you if you
win! So I’m giving away 5 here on this youtube
video, but – I’m giving away another 3 on my Instagram,
so if you enter here and on Instagram then you’ve got 2 chances of winning. And I’ve
also got 2 more that I’m giving away on my Patreon page, so if you’re a patron as
well then you can enter 3 times. Okay, so that’s it from me today! Thanks
so much for watching, as always tag me in photos with #diyannika if you do try this
project out, ANNNNND I’ll see you all next time! Bye! Thank you to all of my supporters on Patreon
for making this video possible. To become my supporter, go to!

100 thoughts on “DIY Embroidered Collar Tee (VERY EASY) | Make Thrift Buy #58

  1. as an embroiderer: may I suggest adding interface to the backing of any embroidery on any jersey fabric! It will look more professional, last longer, and won't bunch up all weird, as certain fabrics react differently when sewn on; just trim the extra off the edges at the end! Hope this was slightly helpful and loved the video!!!!!

  2. I would like to have a vidcon pass

    I poor 😯

    JK but i would like it, I love your vids

    From audrey

    IG lorjelsia12


  4. I've never been to vidcon and I live in new Zealand so it's pretty close to Australia. I'd love to meet you as well as several YouTube who are attending. Also it means I can meet with some of my internet friends

  5. I've never been to vidcon and I live in new Zealand so it's pretty close to Australia. I'd love to meet you as well as several YouTube who are attending. Also it means I can meet with some of my internet friends

  6. I'd like to win, it'd be rly cool I never get to do these things bc I could never afford ( don't chose out of pity)

  7. i would love to go to vidcon as i love youtube i stated watching your videos because it helped me revamp my wordrobe also ur a big inspiration to me to get to go to vidcon and see u would be amaizng

  8. I'd like to win a pass because I've been watching you for 3 years and I live in Melbourne 😬plus I suffer from anxiety so your panel would be beneficial and not only that I've just started textiles my email in [email protected]

  9. I love your earrings so so much! Could you do a video on how to make some earrings like yours in various fruits and veggies??

  10. I'd love to go to Vidcon because I've never been before! Many of my friends have been to playlist live and I haven't been able to go with them because I don't have any money and my parents think it's a waste of money >:( I've been trying to get a job for a while just so I can have some money to do stuff with my friends but turns out I'm not the luckiest person! Any contests, interviews I've done have never worked out for me but I still try anyway! 😀

    And vidcon is in Melbourne which uh NEVER HAPPENS so of course I want to go! I don't wanna sound greedy but I really want to go! But there's honestly people out there that don't have money for anything so I wouldn't mind if the tickets went to people like them. This is such an awesome thing you're doing Annika and you're honestly one of my favourite youtubers! Behind Dan Howell and AmazingPhil you're definitely 3rd which isn't a bad thing so yeah

    Good luck to everyone else entering woohoo :p

  11. oh geez I'd LOVE to get tickets – as a fellow chronic-illness girl (and also as a poor uni student) I'd love to get the opportunity to meet you at VidCon, Annika <3 The reason I subscribed to your channel was because (a) you're Australian and it's nice to hear our accent on YouTube, (b) you made thrifting and diy clothing look so easy and inspired me to start trying it out, (c) your personality is amazing, and (d) I relate a lot to you 😛

  12. I live in Melbourne and have wanted to go forever and a day, but I cant afford to go 😭. I was kind of like, hey, no one you REALLY want to see is going… THEN YOU SAID YOUR COMING?!?! I kind of freaked and I've wanted to go so desperately now 😩. Recently for my birthday I got a sewing machine as a combined present from all my family (I mean aunts, uncles, ect not just my mum and step dad 😂) and you have been so helpful and amazing during the progress of getting used to the machine! Your videos are so inspiring and as a fellow science lover it just adds to how awesome you are. As you struggle with a chronic illness you soldier on and have proven your not 'just another DIY'er' and that you try so hard, and you succeed so strongly, it just proves you deserve it all. I love you so much Annika ❤️❤️❤️ your Amazing!!

  13. I'm not good at stitching but this looks so easy definitely gonna do it. Is it okay to do it without and embroidery hoop ?

  14. I did this with a tye dye shirt and the writing said "Cute but psycho" each word was a different color and it looks great


    I'd love to hear you talk at vidcon! I live in Melbourne and am also a young person with chronic (and invisible) illnesses. (I actually got my first pacemaker this year – woo! – except it didn't help haha)
    I love watching your videos and posts on instagram and how you show off your bubbly & entertaining tutorials but also some real truths about being young and disabled. The fact that you can live out of home, do what you love and survive as well as having a loving support network really inspires me to do the same.
    I'm couch bound most days but have been keeping myself busy this year with knitting, sewing and other crafty things.
    I'm very vocal on my instagram and Facebook about invisible and chronic illnesses – including mental illnesses (I, too am part of the anxiety & depression club) and spreading awareness is a passion of mine so I'd love to hear you speak.

    Good luck with vidcon and I'm sending spoons! x

    (regular comment >>>)
    Hahaha I love your research!
    Plus your earrings.
    (And obviously the tutorial)

  16. Can you make a tata-towel sometime? I'm intrigued… But there's no way I'm going to pay 45 dollar for one! Bet you can make it yourself for way less especially if u use a towel you already own. 🙂
    Ps. Love your channel! ❤️

  17. i got a old "new" denim jacket from my mom that she doesn't want anymore, definitely doing this on the back of the jacket

  18. This is gonna sound really weird but it would be cool if you did like a tutorial on how to make collars, they don't have to be BDSM proof but just the choker type ones. I know it's a bit.. out there but I really wanna learn how and I normally go to you for tutorials. 💗💗

  19. Have you ever entered that diy phase where ur hair is up and and tied messily, your eyes are dry, bloodshot, and bugged out, and you feel like death… until you finish the project and feel SUPER accomplished?

  20. I found this cute backpack but even though its on sale, I'm not sure if I can spend $40 on one bag for school… Do you think you can tackle it in a MTB episode? Thank you 😊

  21. I'd like to win a VidCon pass ^-^ I live in Melbourne, and I've been a die-hard YouTube fan probably since I was about 10 or 11. Anyhow, I'm currently 16 and I would love the chance to be surrounded by people with interests similar to mine! Also, seeing your panel would be pretty cool (;

  22. Hello Annika! I've seen these types of tops a lot recently and I was just wondering if maybe you could try to recreate it?
    This picture is not from a specific store so there's not a price on it atm (I saved it on Pinterest), but I'm sure it's selling somewhere:

  23. I learned to sew from your tutorials and I love them so much! I love this dress but I am NOT a size XS or S so I was hoping you could try this design for make/thrift/buy!! Pretty please!! It's a dress from Tobi and I think you could make this look awesome!

  24. Hey Annika I have a sewing hack. While threading yarn, the ends always get frayed and impossible to thread right? Well that won't happen if you add some quick drying glue to the end of the yarn before threading the needle. Then just cut the bit with the glue off

  25. I'd love to see a DIY of a superhero jumpsuit that actually looks comfortable!–leather-jumpsuit-leather-pants.jpg

  26. I've started embroidering recently. I like to think this video was the final nudge to finally get me to begin. I tried embroidering a cute cat head, but I think I used the wrong stitches and it did not go as planned. My next attempt is going to be a row of hearts in rainbow colours.

  27. — try this for a make thrift buy??

  28. Please please please make an episode on the trashcan bag from Moschino. I want to get it for my friend but can't afford 670 euros so making it would be amazing.

  29. ?Hi! could you please try and make this on make thrift by

    thanks 🙂

  30. Hi Annika! Can you please make this? I really want to make it but I don't know anything about sewing bikinis lol Thank you! <3 <3


    OK! So this bra went out of stock and is no longer available and I am dying to have it?? Idk the underboob gets me I guess. I was thinking of how I might make it and thought to myself: "I should pull a Make Thrift Buy"! Until it hit me that why not just let YOU pull a Make Thrift Buy considering its your channel? Anywho, it would be totally jammin' if you would try this out, thanks!!

  32. Please make this I think it looks so cool

  33. I keep seeing this post on Tumblr. It would be a good make/thrift

  34. Could you make something like this at home do you think? I LOVE this bag but I can't possibly afford it…

  35. You should do a totoro hoodie make thrift buy! They're soo cute but some of the more comfortable ones are a bit more pricey :/

  36. I found this ridiculously expense bag, that looks kinda cool. Thought it would be a great subject for a Make Thrift Buy! Love the show 🙂

  37. Annika, I'm really loving Make Thrift Buy!! I have a request for a future episode.

    Could you do one on a makeup bag like this

    Or a plastic zipper pouch with plastic piping like this

  38. I'm stuck on step 1 😂😭 when you thread the needle do you just put the thread through the eye and tie a knot through one end of the thread? Wouldn't the other side of the thread slip through the needle?

  39. Aw, Annika, I had no clue you were dealing with any of this. I have depression, somewhat severe as I was told, and I also suffer with anxiety a lot. It really makes me upset to hear that you go through things probably evwnworse than I do, but I guess it's just life. I really hope you're feeling quite a but better now and that it all stays good.😞💙😔

  40. I love how this is like a $2 project, you should do a mini series on make thrift buy on projects under $5

  41. has anyone actually ever bought their own embroidery thread or are all projects made from relative’s stashes

  42. You could also embroider words on the pocket, although it may be harder and if your making the shirt embroider it before you sew it on.

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