Reverse Applique T-Shirts
It really wasn't too hard...but I can't guarantee their launder-ability. :) I'll wait until after the photos are taken before I wash them!
- Pick a simple block font and cursive print to make your t-shirt saying.
- Print it on computer paper.
- Choose a t-shirt to alter and a contrasting color fabric for the block letters.
- Use straight pins to pin the saying to the front of the shirt where you want it to be, layering the contrasting fabric BEHIND the front of the t-shirt. (contrast fabric, then t-shirt, then printed paper on top).
- Hand-stitch with a backstitch around the outline of the letters, including any center sections (as in B, R and O).
- When you've finished stitching, gently tear away the paper (GENTLY). You should see an outline of the letters you just stitched on the t-shirt.
- Inside each letter, carefully separate the t-shirt from the contrasting fabric so that you can cut a small hole in the t-shirt fabric. Do NOT cut through the contrasting fabric or the stitching.
- Trim carefully around the inside of the stitched outline to reveal the contrasting fabric underneath.
- Turn the t-shirt inside out and trim away any excess contrasting fabric.
- When the block letters are finished, pin the cursive word above the block letters on the front of the t-shirt. Use several pins to be sure it stays put.
- Hand-stitch with a backstitch along the cursive font.
- When you've finished stitching the font, gently tear away the paper and you're finished!
- Use a light gray font on the paper and a contrasting thread color so that you can easily see where you've stitched.
I need some practice still, but I like how they turned out. And I like the price. I had everything on hand except the t-shirt for Ayla and brown thread. Total cost: $4.50. When compared with the prices you'd pay in a store...likely $30 each or more...