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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Tank Top Applique Tutorial


I fell in love with this fabric when it first came out....it's vintage transistor radios in an array of blues and oranges (my favorite color combination as you may notice on my blog design.)


 After making a pillows I couldn't let the remaining fabric go to waste, so I decided to soup up some tank tops for Mr. P. and his friends. 


But this is an easy way to spice up any tank top. I'd like to say I spent hours on this project, but all three took about 20 minutes...total....(it's an easy one! I promise!!!)

Materials Needed:
tank top (Target sells an 8-pack for pretty cheap)
scrap felt
fabric that has a large design you can cut out

Simply cut out the design that you want to sew onto your tank top. I like working with fabric that has larger images - it's easier to manage!


There's something about a nice layered look that gives depth and texture to any project. To achieve this, I simply cut out pieces of felt that would rest sandwiched between my tank and my applique - so make sure the felt is a bit larger (mine was about 1/4 - 1/2 and inch larger than the applique) than whatever size you're fabric image is. 


Sew the applique to the felt. I like to use a color that pops to add an extra dimension. You probably can't even see the orange thread.....ho hum. 


Sew the felt / applique to your tank top / ti-shirt / bag / whatever!

Happy tank top = happy boy! 


p.s. If you decide to make an applique tank / shirt / skirt / bag.....email me! I'd love to feature you with a link back to your site at the end of July!

8 comments:

  1. Super cute! I've been playing around with appliques (and reverse applique) a little lately. I like the idea of putting felt under. How does the felt wash? Where are you getting it? (is it just cheap craft felt, or are you using something nicer, is I guess what I'm after!)

    Also, have you checked out mysewingcircle.com? I just joined and put up my projects (under CraftSister). I think you might enjoy it too!

    -Loren

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  2. Those are so cute! Fabulous job! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

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  3. Thanks, Craftsister! The felt is cheapy cheap felt (nothing fancy) from F & S. It get a bit taut as you wash it, but nothing substantial has happened to the felt I've worked with in the past.

    I will have to check out mysewingcircle! Sounds cool!

    Thanks for hosting, Allison!!! I'll be back soon!

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  4. i love that something so simple can make a boy smile! thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is adorable! I love the felt layer, it does give it some pop.

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  6. Great way to use up that fantastic fabric! Love the idea of coloured felt to make the applique stand out too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. 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 awesome tutorial!

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  8. What an easy way to spruce up an otherwise dull t-shirt. Great idea.

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