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Quick Pic – Tattoo Tee

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Embroidered Tattoo Tee from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Gaby from Germany emailed in this photo of her tattoo-style monogrammed shirt, featuring some Inked Alphabet designs and those ever popular swallows. Fierce!

Get The Look – Mexican Embroidered Blouse

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

Embroidered mexican blouses can often be pricey to buy, but that cost is often justified because they’re usually covered in gorgeous hand embroidered work. If you’re not lucky enough to grab one in Mexico, or don’t feel like spending the money or the time hand stitching your own, you can easily make one of your own inspired by the gorgeous embroidery of Mexico. But of course, with an Urban Threads twist!

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

You can grab a scoop neck blouse at lots of stores, as the “peasant” top (as the style is often called these days) is rather trendy. Then, all you need to complete your top is some awesomely punk-y folk art designs. Of course, for you Urban Threadsters, we couldn’t help but throw in skulls, sparrows and other more alternative designs into the colorful mix.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

These designs were made to fit together around different shapes, so the sparrows for example make great shoulder swoops when mirrored, and you can pick your favorite symmetrical design for the center. There are also a couple accents you can use to fill in extra spaces and make the whole are look embroidered if you want.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

As a final touch and an homage to the folk art style of our original inspiration, try out a couple of your sewing machine’s decorative stitches. You’ll probably find one or two that will make excellent borders and accents and give it that finishing touch.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

For a super bight, alternative and slightly skull-ier take on the traditional Mexican blouse, this DIY is a simple way to update a top. You can add as much or as little to your top as you like, and even tone the colors down to look more traditional. Heck, it may take people a moment or two to realize some of those cute folk flowers are skulls. And that’s half the fun ;)

Get The Look – Glamorous Embroidered Sweatshirt

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

This cute sweatshirt we found on asos is a good example of a simple accent adding a lot of elegance. This sweater is pretty simple on it’s own, but add a touch of embroidery in the right places and suddenly it’s worth nearly $80! The execution is chic but easy to do ourselves. Plus it’s a simple enough concept that there’s probably a shirt or sweater in your closet you could transform right now.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

All you need to give your sweatshirt an updated look is of course, a sweatshirt, some awesome heraldic designs (in this case, the corner and frame edge) and some lace. We’re going to use the heraldic pieces to build a frame, and then applique the lace underneath. The lace is meant to mimic the fishnet stitching on the original, and give it that elegant edge. What’s nice is that by combining these embroidery designs into a large “frame” piece, you can still get a pretty big finished result, even with a small hoop.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Start with your front piece. Pin or spray your lace in place on your sweater, and then stitch your heraldic designs on top of it, in a closed “frame” shape. This isn’t the same oval as the original inspiration, but I personally think this sort of triangle shape is more flattering anyway. If you want to get a better idea about how to lay these out like this, you can check out our original heraldic tutorial. When your frame is done stitching, carefully cut away the excess lace outside of the stitched edge.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Ok! So one down, two more to go. You’re going to repeat this technique on your sleeves. If you’ve never stitched on sleeves before, it’s simple! All you need to do is split the seams all along the side of your sweater and down your sleeve, to let the fabric lay flat. There’s an easy tutorial on how to do it here. Once your have your sleeve open and flat, you can stitch the same “framed” lace piece up on the shoulder. Do this on both sides.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Stitch the back of your sleeves and side of your sweater closed again, and you’re done.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

From plain closet sweater to a runway original, you can use this look on everything from tees to long sleeve shirts. It’s a bold statement without a lot of stitches and without the need for a giant hoop. The sweater from Glamorous was nice, but it always feels better to DIY, because you get to pick the cut, the colors, everything!

Quick Pic – Fit for a Queen Bee

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Flickr user Amy Herrington made this upholstery vinyl and faux leather purse fit for a queen! Or a queen bee. Either way. She used the regal little mini bee to create an embroidered fabric effect for the purse. Très chic!

Quick Pic – Robo Jeans

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Flickr user Tipsy Fox took the pockets off her 4 year old son’s jeans and monogrammed one with ZSC from the Steampunk Alphabet, and the other with a little Rabble Robot. What a super cute way to personalize a pair of jeans for a little man!

Quick Pic – Gothic Glam Bag

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UK stitcher Pendulous Threads makes all kinds of amazing bags and gothic accessories, and this one really shines. She used the dimensional Baroque Punk rose beautifully to accent the whole piece.

See more of her bags and even snap up some for yourself over on her website.

Quick Pic – Laced Up

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Laced up embroidered jeans

Janice Harris is working on a sew along called the Perfect Pattern Parcel, where you get a bunch of great patterns by independent designers. You support indie designers, and support children’s education through Donor’s Choose.  One of the patterns she made was these adorable pants, with the super cute “lace it up” accent stitched on the backs. Adorable!

You can see more about the project on her blog.