Appliqué is a really fun and easy way of upcycling an old piece of clothing or a tired accessory. My son has so many old washed out t-shirts I decided to have a little crafty time refreshening up a couple of them. I thought of these punctuation designs as he is five years old and FULL of questions and exclamations! But you could do any design you like, the process is just the same…
You will need:
- a t shirt or other garment to appliqué
- fabric for your appliqué
- your chosen design printed (in this tutorial I’ve used a question mark I printed from Word)
- fabric scissors
- paper scissors
- a sewing machine
- an iron
Approximate time needed: 2 hours
1) Start by giving your t-shirt a little press with the iron. Then place your design on the T-shirt to check it is the right size and to establish approximately where you’d like your design to be. I am using a question mark here, printed from Word.
2) Trace around your design onto the paper side of the bondaweb with a pencil (remember to draw your design in reverse if its not symetrical as with my question mark) and cut around the design (rather than cutting out your design) as you want a bit of bonaweb to remain around the edge.
3) Iron on your design to the WRONG side of your fabric…
4) Carefully cut out your design using your pencil lines as a guide and you should have a really neat finish.
5) Place your design to where you’d like it to be on the t-shirt, then, using a damp cloth on top, iron your design onto the t-shirt.
6) Now you can do the appliqué part by setting up your sewing machine in coordinating or contrasting thread and sewing as neatly as possible around the edge of your design, which should be easy to do with the bondaweb keeping everything in place for you.
7) once it’s all sewn down trim excess threads away and give it all another little press, now it is ready to wear!
Leave a message below if you have any questions, and I would love to see any appliqué and/or upcycling that you’ve been up to!