Embroidery Pattern for Circus Unicycle Shirt

I recently finished a unicycle embroidered shirt. And some of you on the Facebook page requested a template. So here it is!

If you’ve never done embroidery before, here is a simple tutorial. It’s fast and fun!

Happy stitching!

Click on the image below, then print.
(Note – I used almost all backstitch for this project. Also, the size of the design on my shirt was 9X12 inches, which a little larger than the printable.)

If you want a closer look at the actual embroidery, click on the image below to enlarge.


  1. July 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I love it! I am just wondering, did you use anything to stabilise the knit fabric and did you put it in a hoop?

    1. July 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks. I've never used stabilizer, but I know it helps. If you don't pull the stitches too tight though, it works out just fine. And yes, I used a hoop. It was smaller than the design, so I had to move it around a few times. When putting the tee shirt in the hoop, I pull the fabric so it's flat and more or less tight, but not stretched. Hope that helps! Also, this is a much larger design that I've ever done. I mostly do little designs like owls etc.

  2. Catherine
    July 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks Joel! I will have to just give it a try. I have done plenty of embroidery on cotton fabrics (and have stitched them as patches onto t-shirts) but have never embroidered directly on the shirt. Going to try it for sure!

    1. July 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Oh yeah, you'll do great for sure then. I'd just go for it without the backing.

  3. Alli
    July 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

    That's too awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. July 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This is fantastic! Is it okay if I use your dot-to-dot bird designs for something similar? I wouldn't sell it; just make it for myself.

    1. July 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Yes, of course! A lot of people also use my coloring sheets, too.

  5. July 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    You are easily one of the most creative people I know (of). :) I'm always inspired by everything you do!

  6. July 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

    [...] First up is this sweet Circus Unicycle embroidery pattern, from the blog Made By Joel. [...]

  7. July 21, 2013 at 3:30 am

    This is one of the coolest t-shirt I have seen for a long time. Will probably make one or two for my kids and myself. I am new at embroidery and was reluctant to try a design on a sweat shirt but your post gave me confidence and inspiration, thanks a bunch :)

    1. July 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Thanks! Yeah, it's a great easy way to turn an plain shirt into something special!

  8. Sarah
    February 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Our neighbor girl is a unicyclist and this will be a perfect birthday present - thank you!!

    1. February 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Ah cool! Yes, that will be perfect!

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