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DIY “Full-of-Luck” St. Patrick’s Day Appliqued Tee

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Make this “Full of Luck” Appliqued T-shirt, perfect for St. Parick’s Day!

easy no sew applique

Easy Appliqued Tee

I was cleaning out my craft room last week and came across a green T-shirt I had bought a few years ago. The T-shirt was a size 6/7, so I needed to use it. It’s the worst feeling 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 green St. Patrick’s day t-shirt. I was inspired by a t-shirt I had seen online and knew I could easily make a similar appliqued tee with the supplies I had on hand. 

Even better, this project could be for my son, who often gets left out of the handmade clothing fun.

how to applique on to a t-shirt

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

The no sew way, using heat n bond ultra for a permanent hold or a stitched version using heat n bond lite.  (Whatever type of heat n bond material you end up using, I recommend the kind that has the peel-off paper backing. I tried using the other stuff once and got it all over my iron and ironing board!

How to make an appliqued tee

You will love how simple it is!

Materials needed:

  • Blank T-shirt – Walmart has a very reasonable selection for boys and girls
  • printed phrase (Make your own or use mine.) Serif version Sans Serif version – the serif version has the little notches around the letters – while it looks great, it is a lot more work to stitch on.
  • scrap fabric for the letters
  • heat n bond ultra or heat n bond lite
  • optional – freezer paper
  • scissors
  • iron
  • basic sewing supplies


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 (serif) and here (sans serif).  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. (You could also just print on regular paper and trace the letters onto the heat n bond.)

Step 4:  Cut out the letters. Then peel off the freezer paper, 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 definitely liked the shirt!

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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!