“Dirty Laundry” Tees: Instructions
I’m getting lots of requests for “Dirty Laundry’s” T-shirt project, so here’s the instructions! So, get busy, would ya?
- 1 blank or vintage t-shirt of your choice
- store bought stencils or draw your own image on paper
- temporary spray adhesive or photo mount spray
- small pieces of coloured t-shirt fabric to create graphic image
- Stitch Witchery™ fusing
TOOLS: embroidery scissors, large fabric scissors, needle, embroidery thread, straight pins, iron, ironing board
- Trace out the stencils onto paper or draw your own images. Increase or decrease the size of your image to suit your chosen t-shirt with the use of a photocopy machine.
- Using the spray adhesive, attach the Stitch Witchery™ fusing to pieces of fabric that are the same size as your graphic image.
- Lightly dust the back of your graphic image with spray adhesive and place it on top of the fabric with the Stitch Witchery™ fusing on the back. (Make sure your grain lines are running in the same direction, vertically.)
- Carefully cut around the image.
- Once cut out, gently peel the photocopied image away from the fabric.
- Cut apart the blank t-shirt along the seams, and be sure to neatly trim away the serged edges to create a clean finish.
- Arrange the fabric cut-outs onto the front of the t-shirt. Set the iron on high temperature, and press the fabric cut-outs for several seconds using a lot of steam.
- Thread the needle with embroidery thread and tie a double knot at the end. The length of the thread should be 5” (12.7 cm) longer than the area being sewn. Begin at shoulders and stitch the t-shirt back together using a straight stitch or running stitch. Knot off at the beginning and end of each pattern piece. Follow next with the arms and then finally the body.