T-Shirt Embroidery

T-shirt embroidery is the art of decorating a t-shirt with a thread or yarn. Whatever type of design you have, your end results are always going to be stunning and durable with t-shirt embroidery. Embroidering on t-shirts helps to exude a premium feel to your product! 

Pricing for T-Shirt Embroidery

 Pricing varies based on the:

  • Size of your embroidered design.
  • Colours in your embroidered design.
  • Exact Quantity of T-Shirts you want to order.
  • Sides of T-shirt Embroidery.
  • Material of T-shirt.


In the following sections, we will briefly describe the various key elements of t-shirt embroidery. These elements include materials onto which you embroider, materials used to embroider and stitches used.

Materials onto which you Embroider

There are many products you might consider to embroider. Typical products will include items that can bear a logo, message or name. These items might include fashion apparel, monogrammed gifts, personalized promotional giveaway items or embroidered garments.

Embroidered Items

  • Caps 
  • Polo T-shirts (Very popular for embroidery because of the premium feel it exudes)
  • Work wear, Uniforms.
  • Jackets, Hoodies.
  • Monogramed Gifts such as socks, hats, ties or handkerchiefs.
  • Pillow cases, pillows, bedding items.
  • Purses, Tote Bags.

Materials Used for Embroidering


Traditionally the fabric used for embroidering was limited. With the advent of synthetic threads and materials, and with different stitching techniques being developed, these materials have increased dramatically.


Embroidering Materials


  • Fabrics and Yarns: silk, linen and wool.
  • Threads: silk, linen, wool, cotton, rayon and even gold threads.
  • Ribbons: silk, silk blends.

Today, there are many options such as these that will be considered for your embroidering needs.

Stitches Used

Throughout the history of embroidery spanning over 2300 years, many stitching techniques have been developed. Each stitch has its own purpose.

Types of Embroidered Stitches

  • Backstitch: solid lines, text and outlines.
  • Chain Stitch: continuous outlines and frames of designs.
    • Detached Chain or Lazy Daisy Stitch: space between each chain link in a non-continuous manner.
    • Feather Stitch: adaption of chain stitch, used in frames and borders. A second stitch is used to anchor the previous anchor, covers more space.
  • French Knots: used for accents and filler designs.
  • Running Stitch: fast, outlining stitch.
  • Split Stitch: like a backstitch, solid lines with added texture.
  • Stem Stitch: common stitch for flower or vine stems.
  • Satin Stitch: filler stitch for design areas, creates smooth appearance.
  • Seed Stitch: filler stitch, wide fills, can be used to add appearance of dimensions.


Advantages & Disadvantages of Embroidery

Embroidery Advantages


  • Embroidering logos and designs creates an impression of quality and style.
  • Embroidered t-shirts are long lasting.
  • Full colour designs can be embroidered without much additional cost.

Embroidery Disadvantages


  • T-shirt Embroidery can be more expensive than silk screen printing.
  • Embroidery is not suitable on very light materials.
  • Embroidery is also not suitable for really complex and big designs.

Today, computers have become an integral part of embroidering. Computers not only can design more intricate designs, but they do it faster and cheaper.