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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Tee

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I was cleaning out my craft room last week and came across a green t-shirt I had bought a few years ago.  The original plan for the tee had been to paint a recycle design for an earth day shirt, but it was another one of my projects that never got done. (I have a few of those…)

The t-shirt was a size 6/7 so I needed to use it.  I hate it when I buy something for my kids and they outgrow it before wearing it!

With St. Patrick’s day coming up, the timing couldn’t have been better for a St. Patrick’s day t-shirt.  I was inspired by a t-shirt I had recently picked up at crazy 8, and I decided an easy applique t-shirt would be the way to go.

easy no sew applique

The process is pretty simple.  If you’ve never appliqued a tee, you have two options on how to do it.

The no sew way, using heat n bond ultra or the stitched version using heat n bond lite.  (Whatever type of heat n bond you use, just be sure to use the stuff that has the peel-off paper backing – you will save your self a big headache!)

Here is how I made the shirt:

Materials needed:

  • T-shirt
  • printed phrase (you can use mine, the links for printing are in step 1.)
  • scrap fabric for the letters
  • heat n bond
  • freezer paper
  • scissors
  • iron


Step 1.  Create your words in Microsoft word, Photoshop  pic monkey – whatever you like to use.  If you want to just print out what I used you can find 2 versions here and here.  (I liked the way my letters turned out, but after stitching them on, I decided it would have been easier to use a font without the notches.  So I gave you both.)

Step 2:  Print your words on freezer paper.  (This stuff is amazing!)  I just trimmed a piece of freezer paper to 8.5 by 11 and ran it through my printer.

Step 3:  Cut out pieces of the scrap fabric and heat n bond, large enough to cover your words.

Following the package directions, iron the heat n bond to the back of the scrap fabric.

Then flip the fabric over and iron the pieces of freezer paper to the other side.

Step 4:  Cut out the letters.  Then peel off the freezer paper and heat n bond backing and line them up on the t-shirt.

Carefully iron the letters in place, following the directions on the heat n bond package.

If you are doing the no sew version, you’re done.  If you’re adding stitching to the letters, carefully stitch around the edges of the letters.  You could use contrasting thread or the same color as your scrap fabric, whatever you like best!


He liked the shirt, I think!


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  1. darla arnold says:

    loved this ty for shareing i pined a lot of your things so others can see what all you do .

  2. How fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  3. SweetPepperRose says:

    Love this idea!

  4. Chelsea @ Making Home Base says:

    Super cute! I love that you appliqued it on!

  5. Cool! Love it! Love the jumping shot too! Awesome! Thanks for linking up.

    xoxo, Tara

  6. Natalie@SophisticatedYellow says:

    Love this shirt and the applique process! I am always drawn to these types of shirts for the kids, but they always tend to be a pricey t-shirt!!! Love that I can do it myself now! Great job!

  7. That looks great. I really like to see craftyness and sewing for boys. My son is always complainig that everything is for girls.

  8. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

    Sooooo cute! Love it!

  9. Julia Forshee says:

    I am in the mood for St. Patty's Day, but love easy and inexpensive. This kills both with one stone 🙂 We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

  10. sassyaggie says:

    I have bought some freezer paper and have been waiting to try it on something – perhaps this is it! Thanks for sharing at HoH! I'm your newest follower and i would love for you to stop by http://www.sassypantsstudio.blogspot.com!

    Have a great weekend – Jen

  11. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    My son would love this!

  12. Sherry of Pondered Primed Perfected says:

    This is so awesome! I never dreamed I could make something like this myself! I'm so excited because I could print any phrase I want and turn it into fashion for me or my family. How cool is that! Thanks. Gladly pinned!

  13. That's awesome! Thanks for the step by step!
    I found you today thru Craft-O-Manic Linky Party, where I'm #318. I hope you will stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  14. Adorable shirt! You have a cute model!

  15. ashley rachelle says:

    i agree, what a great technique! thanks for sharing!

  16. Karen Mary Butterfly says:

    Very cool! Awesome technique! Your model is wonderful!! He's a natural!