Applique T-shirt Tutorial

I am posting today about how to make an appliquéd T-shirt.  It’s pretty easy to do, and doesn’t necessarily require sewing.  I usually sew around the designs that I put on, but if you choose the right bonding, you don’t have to.

GoCats Applique

Materials:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric scraps for design
  • Adhesive–I use Heat N Bond Lite because I sew around it.  You could also use Heat N Bond Ultra if you didn’t want to sew around it.
  • A design to appliqué

First, draw or print a design from it’s source (the internet).  Make sure that it will fit across your T-shirt, especially if you are sewing for kids.

Go catsAs you can see, mine is a sports logo from the internet.  (Go Cats!)  If you want the orientation the same on the T-shirt, turn the design over and trace it.  If you don’t care about mirroring your object, feel free to skip the next step.

TracingTrace the outline of the design in pen so that it will show through the adhesive.  I am planning on layering this with two fabrics, so I have two outlines to trace.

Trace onto adhesiveTrace the design onto your adhesive, allowing for a small border around the design when you cut it out.  You are tracing on the paper side of the adhesive.

Cut out tracingCut out the designs, leaving a small border around each.  This helps to ensure that the entire design will be well-bonded to your fabric appliqué.

Bonding designBond the design to the wrong side of your fabric following the manufacturer’s directions.  Allow it to cool.

Cut our your designCut out your design (on the lines) and remove the paper backing from the adhesive.

IMG_0032After removing the paper backing, place the fabric design on the T-shirt where you want it.  Iron in place, following the manufacturer’s directions again.

ironing imageI am layering my designs.  I ironed the first design (blue) in place, and then placed the yellow on top and bonded it in place.

If you are not planning on sewing around your design, you are done!  If you are, sew around the design following the contours.  A decorative stitch or zig zag stitch works best.  I prefer a blanket stitch on mine because I know where the needle will end up after each portion of the stitch, making it more accurate in my hands.  (Yes, I am type A.)

GoCats AppliqueAfter sewing around the border, you are done!  Put on willing recipient and repeat after me:  Go CATS!!

IMG_0042IMG_0051This is Finn’s second Go Cats shirt…He out grew the first!

Happy crafting!

~Ingrid

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