DIY || Reuse || Fave T-Shirt Design to Mock Biker's Insignia

I love t-shirts, especially the designs and sometimes the slogans. Because choosing a t-shirt is so personal, I find it very difficult to be rid of items that are faded or no longer fit or are never worn.

If I do brave the emotions that come with ridding myself of a t-shirt, it's technically not getting rid of it because, a) I cut up the back and other straight pieces to make my own t-shirt yarn; and b) I keep the logo or slogan.

But what to do with my pile of t-shirt designs!? I decided to make myself a polar fleece vest for braving the cold when I head to the gym and using one of these for the back seemed the perfect idea. I found a vintage pattern at a charity store and decided to make use of it.

What you'll need for this project:


- An old t-shirt with a favourite design;
- An item of clothing without any detail or seams on the back;
- Thin batting;
- General notions, such as sewing cotton, pins, and sharp-pointed scissors.

What to do:

1. Choose the design you'd like to put on the back of your item. If you haven't cut it out yet, give yourself a lot of leeway on all sides of the design for pinning.


2. Cut a piece of batting the same size as your cut-out and lay the design over the batting.


3. Centre the two items on your base item of clothing. Pin generously.


4. Now you will have to sew over your design to anchor it to your base item. I chose to do some thread painting with my sewing machine in the colour of my design's border. You could, however, applique it or if you're really brave handstitch it. It does also depend on the design you've selected. If, for example, you have a perfectly circular design, you could simply glue the item on and then applique around the circle. Another option would be to glue to design first but this depends on your fabric.

Note: If you're choosing to applique the item, remember to make your batting a little bit smaller than the design so you won't need to worry about the batting sticking out when you trim the t-shirting away.


5. With my chosen method, I ended up with a lot of loose threads. Time to trim them! Remember not to trim too much on the inside of your clothing item (ie. where the bobbin stitches are) as they will keep the top stitching anchored.

6. Once you're satisfied with how your design looks, you will have to trim the batting as close to your stitching as possible. Pull back the t-shirting and the fabric of your clothing item so you can access the batting. Don't cut around your design yet to ensure that you don't cut too much where the batting may be difficult to trim.

7. When your batting is trimmed, cut away the t-shirting that you do not need. If you've appliqued the design, you'll just trim as close to your stitches as possible.

And you're done! I'd love to know how your project came out! Please share in the comments!


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