Follow this step by step guide to make you own, custom Greek letter shirt! The tutorial is divided into 3 parts: Part I: The Prep, Part II: Sewing, and Part III: Finishing Touches.
What you’ll need:
– Heat n’ Bond Lite (Sewable)
– Cotton Solid Colored Fabric
– Matching thread
– Cotton Patterned Fabric
– Sewing Machine
– T-shirt/sweatshirt/whatever you want to sew your letters on
– Posterboard (or cardstock)
– Heat n’ Bond Ultra (optional)
Part I: The Prep
1. First, make a copy of a letter shirt you already have. Make sure you align the shirt in the copy machine so that the letters do not get distorted or cut off. We’ll use this as the basis for our stencils.
2. Carefully cut out each letter at its fullest point . After cutting, trace each letter on to a piece of poster board to use as a stencil. Once you have created a stencil for the “bigger,” background letter, cut your copied letters again around the smaller, front letter. Again, trace these on to poster board to use as a stencil.
3. Next, you will need your iron and the heat n’ bond. Once the iron is ready, cut out enough heat and bond for your “big” letters (usually about 6 in squares). Place the squares on to your fabric with the textured side down. Iron quickly, but enough to adhere the heat n’ bond to the fabric. Repeat these steps for your smaller, patterned letters. However, MAKE SURE you adhere the heat n’ bond to the “wrong”/back side of the fabric (otherwise the letters will be backwards!)
4. Now we will use the stencils we created earlier. When tracing the stencils on to the heat n’ bond/fabric square MAKE SURE you trace the letter backwards. After tracing each letter, cut them out carefully with sharp scissors.
5. Remove the backing from the smaller letters and center them on to the bigger letters. Once they are in place, peel the the heat and bond off and iron them to activate the heat n’ bond, making them stick together.
6. Now we are ready to adhere the big letters (with the letter letters on top) to your t-shirt (or whatever you are making). Once again, peel the backing off of each letter. Place them evenly on your t-shirt. Make sure the letters are centered and not crooked (use a ruler to make sure they are straight). When you’re ready, iron the letters on to the t-shirt.