Keepsake shirt

Name Tag Shirt

My dad recently passed away and I wanted to create a keepsake out of something that he wore so I picked out a couple of his shirts. I added this vintage name patch that I got on Etsy to the shirt and I think it makes it even more special to remember him by. You could use any patch for this project or even hand embroider the name on the shirt. I will use this shirt as a smock for painting. My dad would appreciate that since he was an artist himself.

Check out the how to video on You Tube:

Here is how to make this project:

Name Tag Shirt


Keepsake shirt or other item
Name patch or embroidery thread
Needle and thread
Embroidery ring (optional)

Name Tag Shirt

Take a minute to decide where you want to put the name patch on your shirt. Try it on if you are going to wear it. I decided to put the name patch above the pocket. Use a straight pin to hold the patch in place.

Name Tag Shirt

For this shirt I am using an embroidery ring to keep the fabric taught. Starting from the inside begin to hand sew your patch in place with an overhand stitch. Use small stitches for the best result.

Name Tag Shirt

Periodically check the back of the fabric and continue to sew around the edge of the patch.

Name Tag Shirt
Name Tag Shirt

Once you have sewn around the patch tie off the thread on the inside and tuck in the loose ends before trimming the excess thread off.

Name Tag Shirt

It is as simple as that. These stiches are easily removed if you ever decide to remove the patch.

Name Tag Shirt

I love how this turned out. It gives me a warm feeling to think of my dad every time I see this shirt.

Name Tag Shirt

Of course this method would also be great to enhance any shirt using various types of patches not just a name patch. I love how this turned out.

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