When I was a little girl, I had a set of days-of-the-week underwear that I absolutely adored. What’s not to love about pretty pastel underwear designed for a specific day and printed with adorable little icons? During a recent session of childhood reminiscing, I decided that I absolutely needed my own set of modern-day DOTW undies.
To my complete shock, I could only find one (one!) set of grown-up ladies’ days-of-the-week underwear, and they ring in, of course, at just under $200. Yes, they are gorgeous, and yes they are delicate and lacy and pretty, and yes I wanted them. But not that bad. Plus, this was a project I was pretty sure I would be able to tackle in grand DIY style.
So, I headed to Target, dug into my fast-growing stash of embroidery thread and got to work.
For this project, you’ll need the following:
• embroidery thread
• seven pairs of underwear
• letter template
• tracing paper
• painter’s tape
1. Ok, so the “proper” way to do this first step would probably be to use a fabric pen to draw the letters on the underwear and then use an embroidery hoop to work the letters. But that’s not what I did. I didn’t have an embroidery hoop at hand, so I improvised. To start, I traced the letters from my computer screen onto a strip of tracing paper, and cut each letter into its own small square, leaving about a half an inch on each side.
2. Center your letter atop your underwear, and tape each side securely with a piece of painter’s tape, making sure the paper is laying flat against the underwear.
3. Using a simple backstitch, follow the outlines of the tracing paper until your letter is fully embroidered. Tie off your thread and trim any excess. Repeat six more times until you have a full weeks’ worth of playful, fun, throwback undies!