Foray into appliqué

I’ve wanted to make my kids some T-shirts for a while. While on a Joann’s shopping trip I found some really cute iron ons and was eager to try them. I had two plain 3T shirts and used one of the iron ons. It worked really nicely, went on well, however, my son wore it once, I hand washed it (as directed) and noticed the lines breaking and I have little faith that the design is going to last. So, going with, ‘if you want something done right do it yourself’, I’ve decided to create them myself.

I kept it simple the first time, I’ve never done appliqué, so I went with an easy simple shape and put a bright tie on the shirt. I used Steam a Seam and it worked like magic! I’m glad I explained to the lady at Fabricland what I intended to do, otherwise I would have bought the wrong thing entirely. It was really simple to work with and even requires no sewing, if you feel so inclined, apparently edges will not fray or separate. I did stitch around the tie for some extra detail.

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