Saturday, 8 March 2014

Customised Applique T-shirt

There is a certain (mainly) online shop that I'm sure you'll be aware of, that sells lovely brightly coloured kids clothes and appliqued t-shirts.  

It's an absolute favourite in our house but at £16ish a t-shirt it isn't cheap, so now and again I have a go at making my own colourful creations.

This one I made for the cost of the t-shirt......£1.50!!!  

Not bad, eh?  The quality of the t-shirt remains to be seen after it's had a spin in the washing machine but it feels ok so fingers crossed.

If you want to have a go at making your own, you will also need some scraps of fabric and some Bondaweb. 

First of all trace your picture onto the Bondaweb using a pencil (draw on the paper side)

Roughly cut the shapes - don't be too precise as it can get fiddly.

Iron the Bondaweb onto the fabric - mesh side down and iron the paper.  Make sure it adheres well.

Now cut out the shapes carefully and then remove the paper backing.

Place the shapes onto your t-shirt and then iron on when you are happy with their position.

Now you can sew them in place, either by hand or machine to ensure they stay on.  I used a very small stitch for these stars, you could also use a zig-zag.

That's all there is to it, just give the t-shirt another little press and you're good to go.  

You can use the same technique on cushions and bags too!

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