Thursday, April 3, 2008

Homemade Applique T-shirts

My neighbor Amber sent me pictures of these great applique t-shirts she made for her kids. I loved them! I always seem to have a hard time finding t-shirts that share my children's interests. I thought it would be great to create my own appliques for them. Once I got started I couldn't stop! I decided to make a few for my friend Michelle who is getting ready to have her 4th child. I really enjoy the personal touch of these t-shirts. My kids love the idea that mommy did something special just for them. Here's how.
Supplies: fabric, heat n bond lite iron on adhesive, scissors, card stock, pencil, needle, thread,x-acto knife, and iron.

Prewash fabric. Iron adhesive to fabric as directed. Free hand an image on to card stock, or you can trace an image. I did bother. I used stencils, and die cuts. I found a lot of great ones at the dollar stores. Cut out image using x-acto knife. Trace image onto fabric. Cut out image with scissors. Peel off paper backing and iron image onto t-shirt as directed. Sew around the edge of the applique. I used a machine, and free handed my stitching. I preferred the free hand style better. You can embellish your applique with ribbons, embroidery thread, buttons, and puffy paint. Once you get the technique of this project down the possibilities are endless!

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