Make a killer denim vest for your kid with the internet’s best patches + tips and tricks for hand embroidery.
Sometimes, the best clothes are store-bought but with a twist. That is totally the case for the classic denim jacket. (We bought ours at Old Navy, here). I was inspired by the girl-power groups of yore to make my daughter and her bestie some awesome vests. We took to the library to learn about history’s greatest women – our own “girl gang.” Then, we found some inspired patches, a few nifty YouTube videos for hand embroidery, and voila! Now we have two empowered, knowledgeable, and super cute kiddos.
And then beyond those companies, the California-based Mokuyobi Threads, have some really beautiful and fun-loving patches.
Once you have the patches and the vests, all that is left is the embroidery. I tried using paint pens, and didn’t love it. So what I ended up doing, is sketching their names and embroidering over it.
I don’t know the first thing about embroidery. But good news is, you don’t have to. YouTube can teach anyone anything. I am sure that with the right tools, I could change a car engine tomorrow with nothing but a sexy grease monkey outfit and a youtube video. Here is the cute station I tuned into to learn some basic embroidery stitches. You can get embroidery thread and needles at any craft store. And I didn’t need a hoop or anything.
All that is left now is your girl gang (or boy gang for that matter). Stay tuned for a list of my favorite, inspired non-fiction picture books about women that changed the world.