I thought it was about time for another tutorial. And I recently had another order for the circle sibling t-shirts, so I took pictures of my process. Let me know if you find anything confusing.
You will need:
- Scrap Fabric (I use old t-shirts)
- Heat-N-Bond Lite
- Sewing Machine
Once you have decided on a design print it out and find a well-lit window to tape it to. Either mirror your image before printing or tape it backwards. You’ll be tracing the image in reverse. (Do you like our toys scattered on the deck? Haha!)
Trace your <reversed> image onto the paper side of the Heat-n-Bond Lite (I should have taken my sweatshirt off so this poor third-child could have a pregnant belly pic…oh well!) (we’re using Lite so that we can sew it on securely – you can try the ultra, but it’s always fallen off in the wash for me :-/ And you *can* sew the ultra but the glue sticks to the needle and gums it up pretty bad. You can get around it if you clean your needle with rubbing alcohol frequently — easier to just buy the right stuff!)
Cut out around the design (but not right on the lines, it’s easier to just cut once after you’ve ironed it to the fabric). Iron to the wrong side of the fabric. (Some might notice that the text on the white scrap fabric is crooked. It’s because this t-shirt was cockeyed. It never laid right when wearing it and it’s because the whole thing is cut at an angle, I line the design up with the grain of the fabric)
Cut out the design (on the lines). Since my design has two layers, I cut the letters out and remove the paper backing and iron to the circles, but I don’t iron to the shirt yet (this allows me to hide the thread ends between the circle and the shirt and makes it less “tickly” for the wearer. It’s also easier to manipulate around all the letter curves in the sewing machine.)
Sew the letters onto each circle. I used a zig zag stitch because I like the texture it adds to this design since it’s so simple. Be sure to pull the threads through to the back of your design. I tie my ends for extra security. Trim your thread ends.
Iron the circle (with stitched lettering) to your shirt. (On the inside of the shirt, it helps to also iron a stabilizer on the back of the design area).
Stitch around your design. I like leaving an un-stitched border on this design because after its first wash it curls up a little and adds more texture. (Bottom is right-side-out shirt Top is inside-out shirt, showing the stabilizer) Pull your threads to the back and definitely tie them this time since you won’t have anything to sandwich the ends in. Trim the thread ends.
And you’re finished!
Please let me know if anything is confusing. I know it’s quite possible I’ve left something out or been unclear.
Sound like too much work for you? They are available to order at our storenvy site with customizable text and colors.
Thanks for looking! See you next time!