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.
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:
- printed phrase (you can use mine, the links for printing are in step 1.)
- scrap fabric for the letters
- heat n bond
- freezer paper
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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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.