With back to school coming soon, new clothes may be on your list. Here is a tutorial for an easy sewing project for an adorable reverse applique shirt. I've seen these in boutique clothing stores for children, but why not make your own and save a lot of money. I can usually make these shirts for under $5.00.
How to Make a Reverse Letter Applique T-shirt
Supplies that you will need:
- Print out of letter or other design (or you can freehand a design)
- 8" x 8" of decorative fabric (or enough to fit your design)
- Piece of fusible interfacing (to back decorative fabric)
- Sewing machine or needle & thread
- Washable fabric marker, chalk or pencil to mark on shirt
- Sharp scissors
- Embroidery hoop (optional)
Step 1 - print out design for you shirt on the computer.• make sure it will fit the front of the shirt.
Step 2 - cut out design and trace it onto the center of your shirt (or wherever you want the design) using a washable fabric pen or something that washes out.
Step 4 - Pin the fabric right side up to the inside of the shirt right under your design. Make sure that the fabric will completely cover the design. If you want, affix a embroidery hoop around the design to make it easier to maneuver on the sewing machine.
Step 5 - Sew along the design that you traced on the shirt until entire letter/design is sewed.you can use your sewing machine or hand sew it using a back stitch (click here for tutorial). Sew slowly making sure that the fabric doesn't stretch and that you stay on the lines of your design. If you stray, remove your stitches and re-sew.
Step 6 - Flip shirt inside out and make sure that fabric is attached to your entire sewn letter/design.
Step 7 - Once you are sure that your design is correctly sewn, flip shirt back to the right side. Take sharp scissors and carefully cut the top layer of fabric (the shirt part, not the attached fabric), cutting away the inside of the letter/design, leaving about ⅛"- 3/16" of fabric next to your sewing.
This will reveal the decorative fabric beneath. The shirt will now roll around the edges adding some depth and character.
Step 8 - To finish, clean up loose threads, trim excess fabric inside & press. This is what it will look like. You are done. Enjoy your shirt!
Note: If any of these instructions are unclear, feel free to ask me questions to clarify. also, i have found that it is much easier to machine sew letters with less curves, so when picking your font, take that into consideration. an embroidery hoop can help with that.
Jill, jack & kyle