Embroidery DIY Home Decor

By on August 15th, 2020
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Getting a little sick of your own home? Well, quarantine can do that to you.  When you spend SO MUCH TIME in your house, you start to notice its flaws. So, maybe it’s time to spruce things up a bit.  Here are 10 fun machine embroidery DIY home decor ideas that might help you breathe some new life into some old spaces.

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Pillow shams

monogrammed pillow that matches throw

Pillow shams can elevate a bed or disguise a worn out couch.  They can add a pop of color, or even completely set the tone of a room. They are certainly an inexpensive embroidery DIY home project that can have a major impact. 

There are a couple of different ways you can go about making some embroidered pillow shams. You can make the shams yourself, or you can buy the shams and add the embroidery later.   While making the shams is undoubtedly more work, it’s easier to stitch out the design on a flat piece of fabric rather than a pre-sewn pillow cover. 

Throw

monogrammed throw

Like throw pillows, a throw (blanket) can also add a pop of color to a room. You can find tons of super soft and luxe throws at places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx or even Overstock for between $20-$30. Add a monogram on the corner and get ready for your lifestyle upgrade. 

Sheets and duvet covers

monogrammed duvet

If you are disciplined enough to make your bed every morning, you can add some color and style to your bedroom by embroidering your sheets or a duvet cover. Consider adding a monogram to a top sheet that you fold over the top blanket. A monogrammed sheet is an opportunity to add in a bit of color that help tie a room’s color scheme together. 

We don’t have the most prim and proper bed set up. In the winter, our bed is simply topped with a covered duvet. But, I wanted to tie a bit of the red that’s on our wallpaper with the bed, so I stitched out a wreath with a single initial monogram in red at the top of the duvet cover.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Plus, solid colored duvet covers are pretty cheap compared to their patterned counterparts. It seems like the duvet covers I usually pick out are over $100, but plain ones are cheap and are perfect to enhance with machine embroidery. 

Quilt

If you are feeling particularly ambitious about elevating your bedroom decor, you can make an entire quilt full of custom embroidered squares.  And get this – you can actually make the quilt squares in-the-hoop!  Just imagine how much faster your process will be by letting your embroidery machine do all the work of stitching the squares together. Plus, it will be a heck of a lot more precise! 

Check out some of the in-the-hoop quilt squares you can buy at McDooDads and Purple Hayes Crafts

Wall art

Stitch out your own wall decor! There are some very elaborate designs that lend themselves to being framed.  Ladies in my embroidery groups have boasted about multi-hour stitch outs of some large and elaborate designs.  With all the detail and effort that go into producing and stitching out designs, they are certainly worth framing in a prominent position in your home. 

Embroidered trees in frame
This is actually embroidery stitched out and framed! Photo provided by Linda Erikson and used with her permission.

Furniture


Sounds a bit crazy, right? But any piece of furniture with upholstery can be reupholstered with an embroidered fabric. So, yes, you can monogram a chair.

In fact, I did just that. I found an old, janky chair for $10 at an “antique store”, removed the cushion and recovered it with a monogrammed cushion.  And I love how it turned out. An upholstered bench would be a great candidate for a new embroidered cushion.  In fact, you could redo all your dining room chairs with monogrammed cushion. Now, that’s a project I could get excited about.  

Placemats and Table Runners

monogrammed placemats make a great wedding or engagement gift

A table runner and placemats add texture and color to a table, and can establish a color scheme in your dining area. They also protect your table from spills and burns from hot plates.  Both are easy to embroider since they are flat, and you can actually make them yourselves. 

Dish towels and hand towels

monogrammed towels for diy home decor

In our house, we often have about 17 damp dish towels floating around our kitchen at any given time. But when company is coming, I like to make sure the nicer of our dish towels are the ones sitting on the bar and hanging from the dishwasher.  Likewise, in the bathroom, I will leave out the elegant monogrammed linens towels I made.  Amazing how some fancy towels can really class up a joint. 

Lamp shade

Embroidering on a lamp shade?  Yes – that’s exactly what I’m suggesting.  All you have to do is get a lamp kit and shade material.  Then you stitch out a design on some fabric, stick it to the shade material and glue it onto the lamp shade frame.

I actually embroidered on a lamp shade this summer for an article I have coming out in Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine later this year. I don’t want to spoil the big reveal, but I can assure you it can definitely be done.   

Coasters

Coasters provide an opportunity to add a pop of color and pattern into any living area.  Plus they are super easy to make in-the-hoop on your embroidery machine.  I am in love with these modern in-the-hoop coaster designs from Five Star Fonts.  But you can also go at the more traditional route and stitch up some ITH monogrammed coasters with an elegant single initial

So are you ready to upgrade your space? 

I hope that I’ve provided some inspiration! 

Good luck and happy stitching!

xo

Julie

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