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I’m baaaa-ack! I very generously gave myself a few months off from the ol’ blog, but I’ve missed it! I’m back today with a fun DIY that I hope you’ll try: embroidered mantra tops. My sweet friend and neighbor sent me a link to Lingua Franca’s sweaters and said, “can we DIY this?” Adorable sweaters that we can duplicate for a fraction of their $380 price tag? Say no more. A few weeks later there were 6 of us gathered around my island drinking wine, laughing, and poking ourselves in the fingers repeatedly with needles. This project is an excellent one for craft night- nothing replenishes my soul like time doing things I love with the people I love. Embroidered Mantra Tops You’ll need: A sweater!I bought the tan ‘steminist’ sweater at Goodwill for $4 I bought the mauve ‘there’s only one of me’ sweatshirt at Target on clearance for $9 Several of the gals bought this sweater on Amazon for $20 Fusible interfacing- sold by the yard at Hobby Lobby; I recommend getting white for a light sweater and grey for a darker sweater to minimize how much it shows through Embroidery floss in color of choice (unless you’re embroidering a long message, one should be enough) Embroidery needle Embroidery hoop (optional, but I think it helps a lot) Chalk, fabric pencil, or washable marker (test it on the inside of the sweater to make sure it easily washes out!) Iron How to: Preparation: Pick a mantra! Using chalk, fabric pencil, or washable marker to write out your phrase. It doesn’t have to be perfect (the ‘handmade’ look is part of the aesthetic), but it’s helpful if you can get the phrase centered where you want it. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing slightly larger than the area you’re embroidering; iron it on to the INSIDE of the sweater under the area you’re embroidering. This makes it easier to embroider (better resistance) and also keeps the sweater from stretching where the letters are. If it looks blocky underneath, we will improve that a bit at the end. To make that easier, iron it well in the center but loosely around the edges. Separate pieces of embroidery hoop. Place inside of hoop underneath area you want to embroider and press outside of hoop (with metal screw) around inside of hoop, sandwiching fabric in between. Use the metal screw on the outside hoop to loosen/tighten as necessary You’ll probably need to move the hoop over as you embroider depending upon the size of your hoop and the area you’re embroidering Embroidery: Cut about a 5” piece of embroidery floss, knot one end, and thread needle Stitch 1: Holding hoop and looking at the front of the sweater, take needle and poke it up through the starting point of the first letter from behind. At first you may have trouble getting the needle to pop up where you need it, but you’ll get the hang of it. Pull floss through until knot catches Poke needle back down through letter you’re embroidering about 1/4” from where the stitch started and pull through from behind Depending on the look you’re going for and how big the letters are, you may want to make your stitches longer or shorter. For example, I always make my stitches smaller when I’m going around curves to get a smoother curve. Stitch 2 (and all subsequent stitches): Poke needle up from back to front one stitch’s distance away from previous stitch. Pull all the way through. Poke needle back down from front to back in the same hole as the previous stitch Repeat stitch 2 until you reach the end ..read more
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Let me begin by saying that I am not a runner. I am not even a borderline athlete. Of all the sports available to play in high school, I ..read more
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Happy Thursday! Feeling very 80’s teacher chic on this fine day- somebody give me a box of chalk and a pull-down map and I’m ready to ..read more
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The little onion blog by Lindsey Mccarty - 4M ago
A few weeks ago my sweet friend sent me this picture and said, “next DIY ..read more
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Last week when Noah and I were in NYC we popped into a local Goodwill store (because thrifting is a lifestyle that doesn’t stop when you ..read more
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Another Thrifty Thursday is here, and today I’m throwing it back to last week when I was floating on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico. I ..read more
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The little onion blog by Lindsey Mccarty - 5M ago
For the past few summers, floppy hats have been everywhere with fun and witty phrases on them. Not only do I have heart eyes for witty ..read more
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Ahoy! It’s thrifty Thursday all day today, and I’m celebrating in my best nautical wear. I am not sure I’ve ever successfully walked ..read more
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The little onion blog by Lindsey Mccarty - 5M ago
I’ve been itching to do this DIY for months now! Hobby Lobby has dozens of fun, quirky patches just begging to jazz up some shoes. The ..read more
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This DIY has been on my list for several months now. It all started one day at Goodwill when I was innocently eyeballing the cart of the ..read more

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