About 6 years ago, our mom thought it would be a good investment to purchase Brooke and I both a brand new sewing machine. We were clueless where to begin, so she hired Amy Rutledge to teach us the basics. We didn't even know how to thread the needle, much less put a bag together. But by the end of our 2 lessons, we could work a sewing machine, applique and make ourselves a diaper bag. Thank you Amy and mom! I think it has been a great investment for us both!
One of our very first things to learn was how to applique. An applique is a decorative design made of one material sewn over another. This applique is the fabric letter M ironed on to a child's t-shirt and then stitched around.
Supplies used: iron, piece of fabric, cut out letter, t-shirt, water soluble marking pen, Wonder Under (iron-on adhesive), and freezer paper
A small square piece of fabric was cut out, along with a square piece of Wonder Under (iron-on adhesive) and a cardboard cut-out M to trace around.
The square piece of Wonder Under is ironed onto the piece of fabric. The top side (good side) of fabric is placed on top of the adhesive part of the Wonder Under. One side of the Wonder Under is smooth and the other is rough. The rough side is the adhesive side. Make sure the adhesive is ironed on to the back of the good side of the fabric. Step two:
With the good side of fabric facing down and smooth side of Wonder Under facing up, the letter M is traced with a water soluble pen or pencil. The letter has to be a mirror image of the finished product. If the letter B would have been used, I would have needed to trace it backwards.
Cut out the fabric letter and peel away the Wonder Under. The adhesive is left on the letter.
The fabric letter is ironed onto the t-shirt.
Use a zig-zag stitch to sew around the letter M. Place a small piece of freezer paper under the letter M inside the shirt to help glide the t-shirt through the stitching. Your finished product - an easy way to personalize a child's t-shirt.
Hope you try it!