Embroidered Cactus Collar!


Embroidered clothes are crazy cute right now. Shorts, denim, tees, all sorts of things are having a bit of new life breathed into them with this ancient craft. I love the mixing of modern and traditional styles, plus it seemed like the kind of thing I could do in an hour, so I tried it out myself.

I’ve been working on a pair of shorts but let’s be honest, my attention span is NOT that great. So I took a break from them to work on something much simpler, this little detail on a white collared shirt from the thrift store.


What better way to let people know not to touch you than to show that you are covered in a thousand tiny spines?

For real though, this was really easy and took maybe an hour or so. I just used a pencil to do a quick sketch, then back-stitched with black embroidery thread. Here are some closer images of the individual designs.


And the finished product again!

As always I like to give a shout out to the thrift store. If you’re thinking about trying this out yourself, give thrifting a chance! You could even use shirts in other colors, or colored floss too. And for more thrifting and crafty inspiration, follow me on Pinterest!

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2 thoughts on “Embroidered Cactus Collar!

    1. Lol it’s bolder than I’d usually wear too, but I may be starting a job soon where I have to wear a uniform shirt so I thought this would be fun to wear under it. Maybe splitting the floss into 2 strands (as opposed to the usual 6 they come in) would make it less bold? May help with how the left image ended up puckering a bit too. Thanks for the feedback!

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