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Monday, July 12, 2010

Reverse Applique T-Shirts


I wanted to get back in on 11th Heaven's Homemaker Mondays so thought I'd give you 
the "recipe" for these Fourth of July T-shirts I made for the kids...

Kids on Navy Pier for the 4th!

  1. I bought 3 t-shirts at the hobby store for $2 each. 
  2. Looked for a striped or starred t-shirt in my give-aways but didn't have one, so went to the thrift shop and got a t-shirt with both for $2.


 3.  I printed a star template (just did search for a star image) and printed it out,  then cut them out of  the paper.  I transferred these to some sticky iron-on paper I had, but didn't iron them on, just used it like a sticker to place them on the shirt.

4.  Turn shirt inside out and position star however you like.  Pin in place.  I kept paper on the star, it was sort of like freezer paper (I'm sure there is a better way but this worked for me on my first try.)

5.  I used a straight stitch to sew them on.  (Be careful on points of stars. Make sure to keep needle in fabric while turning.  I didn't know this at first and some stars were messy.) Tie off ends of fabric in knots to prevent from coming out. 

6.  Turn shirt right side out and with embroidery or small scissors carefully cut through first layer of fabric so that material on back shows through. 

It was pretty easy, but not I'm not as skilled on my machine as I'd like yet.  I want to keep making some of these to see if I get better!  The test was in the washing, and they did wash well!  YAY!



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