Refashion DIY: Embroidered Denim Skirt

My obsession with all things embroidered continues with my refashion/upcycle of an old denim skirt to add some embroidered roses.

Much like my embroidered cami upcycle project, I used some of my leftover Aida cloth to transfer an image from the Internet onto my denim skirt, but with some changes to how I did it to make the sewing a little less labour intensive.


Here’s the denim skirt in its original state.

And here’s the image I used for the project.


I enlarged the image to the size that I wanted and printed it out, and like my previous embroidery project I taped it onto the window and traced it onto the Aida cloth. The difference was that instead of having all the roses being in one big block like the image, I drew the roses individually or with another rose so I could spread them out across the skirt.

diy refashion embroidered skirt

Instead of embroidering the entire rose (including the fill in) like I did with the flowers for my cami, I just sewed the outline using backstitch. You’ll notice in my image below I just did the outline for the roses and leaves – the stems are pretty easy to sew freehand.

I then cut the Aida cloth around the outline, then pulled out the cloth from inside the rose and leaves. This was so, so much easier to do compared to when I had embroidered the entire flower for my cami – no tweezers required!

Now all I needed to do was to follow the outline using satin stitch and add in the stems using stem stitch (funnily enough). I decided to go over the outline rather than sew inside it.

Continuing the above steps to put the rest of the roses from my image across the bottom of the skirt…

… and my refashion of the denim skirt was complete.


I asked on my Insta Stories whether I should add a butterfly or not… which I actually did try, but it ended up looking more like some crazy unnaturally coloured moth and didn’t really go with the roses. I ended up removing that and added another rosebud instead.

Technically roses don’t grow in autumn, but they make a nice addition to my autumn wardrobe.

Don’t do embroidery? Here are some shoppable embroidered skirt options.

Thank you so so much for those who left comments on my cami upcycle, I’ve got some lovely ideas now for my subsequent refashion projects! Let me know what you think of this project by leaving a comment below, I love hearing reader feedback and ideas!

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9 thoughts on “Refashion DIY: Embroidered Denim Skirt

  1. So great to see you blogging again. I think you did a great job with the embroidered denim skirt. They are all the rage these days. As a matter of fact, on the blog today, I am sharing an embroidered chambray/denim dress. Great minds think alike!! =)

    I’d love for you to stop by my blog and linkup this Thursday with me. Stop by on Thursdays and share your great sense of style with my readers. =) Thanks and Happy Hump Day!

    <3 Ada.

    1. Thank you Ada! Yes blogging is a bit intermittent these days but I’m trying to be more regular 🙂 Hope you’ve had a lovely week xx

  2. This skirt looks so cute! I am so inspired by your creativity. I love to wear embroidered skirt and want to try this tutorial. I like this article so much. Thanks and keep sharing.

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