Before you begin, learn how to embroider using a needle and thread. No matter how complicated-looking the result of your penmanship, this needlework technique is remarkably easy. Once you've mastered the backstitch (one of the easiest embroidery stitches), choose from our printable fonts—letters A through Z—and personalize a plain shirt with an ice-breaking salutation, like "hi," or with your child's first initial (extra credit for both upper and lower case). A dotted line in fuchsia makes the letters pop.
For more ideas, scroll through the entire collection of embroidery projects and back-to-school crafts.