DIY Dress Tutorial: Faux Embroidered Dress

This post was originally published September 2019 and updated as of July 2022.

I’m so excited to share how you can use your Silhouette CAMEO and some heat transfer vinyl to take a dress from ordinary to boho! It’s so easy to get this faux-embroidered effect, and the end result is gorgeous. Keep scrolling for the full DIY dress tutorial!

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Supplies you’ll need to make your own DIY Faux Embroidered Dress

Silhouette CAMEO
Cutting mat
Weeding hook
Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl
Floral cut file (get it for free here)

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How to make your own DIY Faux Embroidered Dress

Step 1: Prep your cut file. I made a floral design in Photoshop and traced it in Silhouette Studio. You can use my design or any other design you like!

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Step 2: Copy and paste the design to fill the page (or as much of the design as you need for your project). Load your Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl and send it to cut.

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Step 3: After your machine has finished cutting, remove the Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl, and weed the excess. Use the hook to remove any small pieces.

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Step 4: Prep your surface by heating it slightly. Arrange the design on your surface with the carrier sheet facing up. Iron over the carrier sheet with a dry iron. Ironing time can vary, so I like to gently pull up the carrier sheet to check if the vinyl is sticking. Let the design cool for 1-2 minutes.

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Step 5: Remove the carrier sheets. If you notice any pieces not fully sticking, put the carrier back down and iron more. After I have removed the carrier sheets, I also like to flip the surface over and iron on the back side to help it really stick.

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I am so happy with how my dress turned out – I’m going to wear it all the time!

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I love projects like this one that have endless possibilities! Just think of all the ways you could embellish shirts, skirts, and dresses!

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