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365 Project: 21-27 January

Day 15- My first go at satin stitch embroidery

Day 15- My first go at satin stitch embroidery

Day 16: Lucy loves sticks

Day 16: Lucy loves sticks

Day 17: Highlight of the workday, posting a stack of return to sender letters

Day 17: Highlight of the workday, posting a stack of return to sender letters

Day 18: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' at the movies with girlfriends

Day 18: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ at the movies with girlfriends

Day 19: Eating my Corn Jag at Rhyll. Matt decided it was no longer a Corn Jack because the text was unreadable.

Day 19: Eating my Corn Jag at Rhyll. Matt decided it was no longer a Corn Jack because the text was unreadable.

Day 20: We had to retrieve Matty's cap from the side of the road after he lost it out the car window

Day 20: We had to retrieve Matty’s cap from the side of the road after he lost it out the car window

Day 21: Self explanatory sunset over the ocean

Day 21: Self explanatory sunset over the ocean

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Heart embroidered leggings

Heart embroidered leggings

The minute I saw leggings with heart shapes over the knees on Etsy I added it to my mental craft to do list. I wasn’t too keen on the leather patches because, well I’m really not that into leather. I was also worried about how they’d feel when you bent your knees.

My Leather Heart Leggings // size large

I finally decided a few weeks ago that I was going to bring these to life. I bought some $10 grey leggings and started to think of all the ways that I could add a little something to the knees. First I thought of adding some felt, but then I had a sneaking suspicion that it might shrink in the wash and that I’d be left with some sort of wrinkly puckered scrunch patch. No thanks. I’ve been pinning embroidery like a bit of a mad woman recently, so maybe it was a better option. After much humming and hawwing I finally decided to do it fairly simple.

Heart embroidered leggings 2

Embroidered Heart Leggings

Supplies needed:

  • Leggings (or any clothing really)
  • Paper template of your shape
  • Embroidery floss/cotton
  • Needle (with an eye big enough for the cotton to fit through)
  • Scissors (not pictured)
  • Pins
  • Cardboard

Supplies

The first thing I did was to try my leggings on and mark with a pin where my knees were. Then I fiddled around a bit with the size and shape of the heart, as well as the colour of the cotton to make sure it looked alright. I made a paper template of the heart and pinned it onto the knee area of the leggings.

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Next step was to get the sewing started. I made a knot by pointing the tail end of the cotton in the opposite direction to the needle, wrapped it twice and then pulled the knot along the length until it reached the end. If you cant make sense of what I just said, or my photos you can go here.

Beginning the knot

Making the knot

After the cotton was ready I began to back stitch around my template. I had to force myself not to rush so that I could make the stitches fairly even because I’m big on ‘just getting it finished’ and then hating the final product because of it.

Beginning to sew

Back stitching

Sewing around the template

To finish off I just tied a double knot on the underside.

The finishing knot

Finished heart

I’m really happy with how they turned out. I’m also glad that I decided to stick with something so simple. I have a bit of a weird thing where I don’t like anything too ‘loud’ on my bottom half. It makes me feel self conscious for some weird reason, so I’m glad that these are cute without being over the top.

Heart Leggings complete

Also if you’re interested, I sell the little hedgehog pincushion in my Etsy shop, Billy & Elizabeth.

Nicole