There are so many cute Disney embroidery and appliques available, but what if you don’t have an embroidery machine? This Minnie Mouse monogram was done with my 20 year old sewing machine and one special foot.
This was made with a technique called “couching”. A good description of it is found here.
For this shirt, I drew the design out on tear-away stabilizer and then pinned it to the front of the ready-made shirt.
This foot is called a “braiding” foot and has a hole that braid/yarn/cord can go through so you can zig-zag over it to hold it in place. I did a standard width zig-zag first to get the yarn in the right place and then switched to an open toe applique foot to do a tight zig-zag over it to cover the yarn better. After stitching everything down, carefully tear away the stabilizer and you are left with a nice raised embroidery design. To keep the embroidery from being scratchy when worn, I iron on a soft fusible lining material on the inside that can be found at Hancocks or Joanns.
The Minnie ears and bow were easy to draw out. I made the circle monogram here.