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Y’all, I’m a shameless bargain hunter. I thrift, I primarily shop sales, and I love my local Dollar Tree. It’s half a mile from my house, and I used to make weekly trips there before the pandemic. I’d walk in to buy one thing and walk out twenty dollars poorer but feeling like I won the lottery.
The point of this? Dollar Tree is an EXCELLENT place to find cheap embroidery blanks.
If you’re new to embroidery, these items give you the opportunity to test out your machine without breaking the bank. Even if you’re an established embroidery enthusiast. you can score great items from Dollar Tree to personalize. And, for those of you who sell your embroidery, Dollar Tree is an excellent place to buy inexpensive items you can turn a good profit on.
To show you some of the goodies available, I took a trip to two of our local Dollar Trees for the first time in a LONG time. Then, I put together this list of 20 Dollar Tree embroidery blanks that won’t break the bank.
Some Easy Dollar Tree Embroidery Blanks
Dollar Tree is constantly rotating its stash of items, and this is a list of potential blanks I found just on these two trips to my local stores.
So, make a trip to your local store and keep an open mind when browsing. Look around for items that are thin, soft, and hoopable. If you have a multi-needle machine with a free arm, there are even more options available to you!
1. Towels and Washcloths
If you look around the kitchen and bathroom sections of Dollar Tree, there are tons of washcloths and towels in both sections.
The quality isn’t good enough to sell, but these make great practice embroidery blanks!
To embroider a towel, use a tear-away or wash-away stabilizer and water-soluble topping. A particularly fluffy towel may need a knockdown stitch.
Tutorial: how to embroider a towel
Several of my local Dollar Tree stores carry t-shirts! Sometimes, these shirts have holes in them, so carefully examine them for imperfections.
I got a huge haul of perfect-condition Gildan brand t-shirts right before the pandemic for $1 each. I’m slowly making my way through them with embroidery and Cricut crafts!
Tutorial: how to embroider on a t-shirt
3. Craft Aprons
Not all Dollar Trees have a Crafter’s Square, but ours does and carries these cute aprons!
If I’m looking for a simple embroidery gift for a kids’ birthday, for instance, it’s so much easier to buy an apron for $1 than sew one myself.
4. Dog Collars
Embroidered dog collars have a HUGE markup if you’re looking to start an embroidery business. Simply embroider a dog name and/or owner’s phone number on these collars and sell them to pet owners. Chewy.com sells embroidered dog collars just like these for almost $20!
5. Hats and Baseball Caps
Baseball caps are a hit-or-miss Dollar Tree embroidery blank at my local stores.
Because these hats are Dollar Tree quality, they are actually fairly thin. This makes it much easier to lay the hat flat for embroidery!
Tutorial: how to embroider a hat or cap
6. Burlap Ribbon
If you’d like to personalize burlap ribbon, you can find nice, wide options at Dollar Tree.
To embroider burlap, hoop sticky self-adhesive stabilizer and carefully choose a design.
Tutorial: how to embroider on burlap
While I’ve never actually purchased any Dollar Tree tulle to know the quality, I have good luck embroidering on tulle from JoAnn or Hobby Lobby.
Choose a layer or two of water-soluble stabilizer and a compatible design.
Tutorial: tulle embroidery tutorial
8. Sunglasses Cases
These sunglasses look to be made of neoprene scuba fabric and should be fairly easy to embroider as well. They have a zipper around the entire top of the case. This makes it easy to lay the sunglasses case flat on the embroidery hoop.
9. Grosgrain Ribbon
While these are a chevron pattern, Dollar Tree also sometimes carries solid-colored grosgrain ribbon that is perfect for embroidering. My favorite thing to do with embroidered ribbon is to make it into hair bows!
Tutorial: how to monogram a hair bow
Dollar Tree potholders are easy to embroider!
The back of the embroidery will show on the opposite side of the potholder, though. However, there are a few simple solutions.
First, there are some embroidery designs that are digitized to look similar on both sides. Another solution is to use the same bobbin color as the potholder to blend in a little better. The last option is to sew two potholders together, essentially couching the back in the middle of the two.
Also, make sure to use thread that can withstand high heat as this will be going in and out of the oven. Metallic threads are definitely not a good idea!
11. Oven Mitt
If you have an embroidery machine with a free arm, it will be significantly easier to embroider an oven mitt. If you don’t, use a seam ripper to take apart one of the side seams. This will lay the mitt flat to embroider. When you’re done, sew the right sides together to attach the two sides together again.
I also like to make doll and toddler oven mitts from these Dollar Tree oven mitts!
12. Craft Fabric
Someone beat me to the stash of craft fabric here in the Dollar Tree Crafter’s Square. However, when the box is full of fabric, it’s usually decent quality fabric that comes in different colors and patterns.
If you’re embroidering any remotely dense design on this quality of fabric, though, I’d recommend a good starching and using at least one layer of cut-away stabilizer to prevent puckering or tearing near the stitches.
13. Toilet Paper
Did you know you can embroider toilet paper? I’ve been meaning to do a tutorial for a while. It’s a great gag gift or even a hostess gift! Plus, this blank has a great mark-up if you can find a niche market to sell your embroidered tp.
If you’re going to embroider toilet paper, make sure you’re choosing a thicker, more sturdy piece of paper so you’ll have better stitch integrity.
14. Paper Towels
Embroidering paper towels is just like embroidering toilet paper. This is another Dollar Tree embroidery blank that has a good mark up and is a unique embroidery idea. Again, make sure to check that your paper towels are good quality.
15. Paper Doilies
Use a cut-away stabilizer on the back and take care with floating, and you can make a VERY cute embroidered doily. 32 pieces for a Dollar is a great deal!
Tutorial: how to embroider a doily
Dollar Tree has both satin and polyester pillowcases that are easy and fun to embroider on. I personally like the feel of the polyester over the satin pillowcases, and I had less puckering with the poly over satin when stitching, also.
17. Straw Hat
While this isn’t the most stable straw hat you can purchase, with the right stabilizer, you should be able to add a monogram or fun design to the sides!
18. Stuffed Animals
You’ll have to do some searching for the perfect stuffed animal, but our Dollar Trees usually have a pretty good selection. As long as you can gently seam rip the area you want to embroider and have the ability to reassemble it, this is perfect!
19. Baby Washcloths
There are lots of colors and patterns available in these cute baby washcloths. They might not last hundreds of washes, but they sure are good for practicing on!
20. Baby Blankets
One of our Dollar Trees had these cute fleece baby blankets! They’re not very thick, so I’d recommend a less dense design.
Tutorial: how to embroider a baby blanket
Any other embroidery blanks and Dollar Tree to look out for?
I’m always looking for cheap embroidery blanks to practice on and even gift. While Dollar Tree doesn’t always have the best quality of blanks, sometimes they really nail it. Anything else you like to embroider from Dollar Tree?