Stitch Embellishments

Give plain or recycled clothes a spring makeover by adding stitch details and pretty embellishments for a fresh new look!

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Grab some bright ribbons and trims, then get creative with contrast topstitching to dress up a plain buttondown. When a cool spring breeze blows through, stay stylishly warm in a refashioned sweater embellished with pretty trim, topstitching, and vintage buttons. Sprinkle colorful felt flowers on a plain all-season skirt to brighten it up all yearlong. Make a plain skirt totally fresh for spring by adding a simple flower applique with baby rick rack stem.

SKU: EP2588

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kirsten Coplans

Format: Pattern


Stitches & Trim Shirt

- Garment: solid color button-down or snap-front shirt with collar

- Other supplies: contrasting sewing thread, scraps of ribbon and trims in a coordinated color scheme


Sweater Stitch Switch

- Garment: lightweight pullover sweater

- Other supplies: contrasting sewing thread, decorative trim such as rickrack or embroidered ribbon, pretty buttons, and fabric-marking pen


Grow Your Own Felt Flowers

- Garment and fabric: heavyweight cotton or textured-fabric skirt, 100% wool recycled sweaters to create felt

- Other supplies: contrasting sewing thread, small buttons for flower centers, Flower and Leaf templates


Springy Skirt Flower Appliqué

- Garment and fabric: recycled or new skirt in solid color that is relatively simple or plain, scraps of 3 different patterned fabrics for flower petals and leaves

- Other supplies: baby rickrack for stem, Flower and Leaf templates, fabric-marking pen


See project for complete supply list and notions.

Originally Published:
Stitch, Spring 2009

SKU: EP2588

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kirsten Coplans

Format: Pattern