Reverse Applique T-Shirts
Inspired by these adorable t-shirts made by Amy Tangerine, I made these for Ayla & Baby Boy:
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...
6 comments so far:
Boston DUI Lawyer said:
Those shirts are really cute. I have a towel that says little fish while my brother has one that says big fish, it's our nicknames from football. I like embroidered things though now and it's really fun to put names on different things especially when the names are goofy. For a birthday present for a friend I made him a shirt with his jedi name on it and he loved it.
These shirt appliques are so adorable! And the steps make it seem like a pretty simple process that won't take much time! It doesn't get any better than that! :D
Very cool looking.
Cute. Nothing beats thrifty & crafty. :)
These turned out so cute!
When you do wash them, you may want to let them air dry. The one I made for Savannah a while back started to fray a little bit around the cuts.
The art on T-shirts really looks nice.I would also like to gift it to my little brother.I think it will take much less time to design it.Thanks a lot for such a great idea.
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