easy applique t-shirt – tutorial

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I was reading through one of my favorite blogs the other day, Jones Design Company, and came across some ubber cute shirts she had made for her little ones.
I HAD to make one.
It was super easy, and turned out way cute.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • t-shirt
  • fabric
  • iron on interfacing (preferably double sided so you can stick it to the t-shirt too)
  • pencil
  • iron
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread
STEP ONE:  Apply interfacing to the back of your fabric per the interfacing instructions.
STEP TWO: Once adhered, use a pencil to freehand or trace your desired design onto the interfaced side of the fabric and then cut out your design.
STEP THREE:  Place applique on the t-shirt.  If using double sided interfacing, apply to t-shirt per interfacing’s instructions.  If using single sided interfacing, pin applique to t-shirt.
STEP FOUR:  Use sewing machine to stitch around the perimeter of your applique.  I used a straight stitch because I wanted a little fraying to show up around the edges, but you could use whatever stitch you prefer.  *tip – when going into a sharp turn, end with your needle down through the fabric, lift the pressure foot up, rotate the fabric, place the pressure foot back down and continue sewing.
Ta Da!  You’re done!
Now your little one has a one-of-a-kind, fun t-shirt that didn’t break the bank and only took you 20 minutes to whip up!
And, bonus, it totally gets better the more you wash it since it makes it perfectly frayed around the edges 😀
On a side note – Here’s Izzy on her way to her Kid’s Day Out program.  She LOVED her bunny shirt.
She looks like she’s going off to her first day of school with her little backpack on.

Great, now I’m sitting here having flash forwards of her going off to Kindergarten and then walking across the stage at her H.S. graduation…







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  1. Kassi @ Truly Lovely Avatar

    How cute is she headed to day camp! 🙂 Love the shirt!!!

  2. Jaclyn Avatar

    I love Jones Design Company! Its a huge favorite of mine!! Your little girl looks darling in that shirt! Great Job! I really like the fabric you used!



  3. Jennifer Avatar

    It looks great and the tutorial looks very easy to follow…esp. for someone new at sewing like me! This could be really cute for unique and affordable baby gifts. 🙂

  4. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife Avatar

    Cute shirt and great tutorial!!

    Stopping by from Fabric Bows and More linky party. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-pillows.html

  5. The Starr Family Avatar

    Little rabbit… she looks so cute! That Emily @ Jones Design Company is something, no? Yours is equally sweet, kudos friend!

  6. Christin Avatar

    I love it's so cute! Though I have to say my favorite part is that Cambry and Colbie have the same shoes as Izzy! All these states a part and they are twins. 🙂

  7. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma Avatar


    What a darling little model you have there…That applique is precious too!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice! Have a happy 4th!

  8. Kathryn Avatar

    I should have KNOWN you made that shirt. Everything- EVERYTHING- of yours that I have ever admired was made by you!

  9. Jess@Balancing The Dream Avatar

    great tutorial!!! your little girl is too cute!

  10. Katherine Sanneman Avatar

    You are FABULOUS as always!

  11. Laura Avatar

    Love it! Now if I only knew how to use my sewing machine…

  12. HammBone Avatar

    Dear little rascal, please stop growing so fast…you are making me want to cry. I love you, and you are no doubt your mommy's twin.

    PS. Shelley, you are screwed.
    PPS. cute bunny shirt.

  13. Megan Avatar

    Aw, I can tell how much she loved her shirt! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Nayana Avatar

    ohh! it turned out great, ur daughter looks very cute and happy in her new shirt.

  15. Seaweed and Raine Avatar

    Cute idea – how cute is Izzy wearing your creation!!!

  16. Dear Lillie Avatar

    This is absolutely adorable!

  17. Mindie Hilton Avatar

    Thanks for linking to Bacon Time. I am going to feauture this on Friday morning. Hope to see you link up agian this week.

  18. Patricia Torres Avatar

    This is an amazing tutorial… Your little one is gorgeous!! Super cute!!

    Thanks for linking in to the Weekend Wrap Up… I'm your newest follower now.. and am hoping for lots of inspiration here..

  19. Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum Avatar

    Cute shirt and cute model! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Amanda @ Serenity Now Avatar

    What a cute tee! Love the pattern you used for the bunny. I also love your little girl's backpack. I'm looking for one for my youngest, who starts preschool in the Fall. Visiting from Home Stories A to Z. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi too. 🙂

  21. Peace Love & Poop Avatar

    THis is super cute! I love the print the bunny was cut out of!

    New blog follower! Come follow back and enter my great giveaways! http://www.peacelovepoop.com

  22. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys Avatar

    The shirt is adorable but oh my goodness Izzy is so super cute!! Those pigtails make me want to have a girl!

  23. Maggie Avatar

    awww luv it and the model is so adorable…

    Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.

  24. Katie Avatar

    THis is so cute. I use my cricut and heat-n-bond to make "mock" iron on appliques!

    I just found this project through Craft-o-maniac! I love it and I'm your new follower.

    I'd love if you would join us over at Sew Woodsy and link up this cute little shirt!

  25. Caca Avatar

    what a neat sewing. I still find sewing applique difficult.

  26. alissa Avatar

    Hi Shelley –
    I am so glad you stopped by my blog because I love yours. Wow, you have some really great projects. Love the little bunny shirt you made for your adorable daughter.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  27. {nifty thrifty things} Avatar

    That is so cute! Adorable little model, too! 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can't wait to see more from you on Sunday!

  28. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime Avatar

    Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

  29. Brantonians Avatar

    Shelley, you have 2 undeniable talents: crafting and writing! I loooove to read your blogs and to get inspired by you!

  30. Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} Avatar

    This is absolutely adorable…I love that you can pick a fun and modern print for it. Just found your blog through Hyphen Interiors, and you are one talented chick! I think I'm gonna like it here (c:

  31. Carolyn Avatar

    What a lovely idea! The shirt is gorgeous, and so is your little girl.

  32. Pawleys Island Posh Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this! I have been wanting to try out applique FOR.EVER. Most of the tutorials I've seen use fancy stitches and I only know how to straight stitch on my machine. Can't wait to try this out!

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