How To: Sew Your Own Greek Letter Shirt- A Step By Step Tutorial (Part II&III)

Part II: Sewing!

Now that the letters are adhered to the shirt (heat n’ bond is an easier alternative to pinning), you are ready to begin sewing!

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1. Decide which stitching you want to use on the letters. I typically use a large zig zag stitch (left photo), but a small zig zag stitch also works (right photo). See the photos below for their distinctions. Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works for you!

stitch big stitch small

2. Stitch the bigger letter to the shirt and the smaller letter to the bigger letter. Don’t forget to stitch the WHOLE letter (ex. the opening inside the letter Alpha)

If you are new to sewing, check out the blogs below for tutorials on applique stitching:

http://sewlikemymom.com/applique-tutorial-curves/

http://sewsara.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-i-make-my-applique-letters.html

3. Be patient! Stitch slowly-especially around curves! The stitching is what makes the shirt-so make sure it’s neat (and secure!)

Part III: Finishing Touches!

This step is optional, but really improves the appearance and quality of the shirt. It makes the letters more “stiff” and prevents them from flopping over while being worn. In addition, the backing hides the stitches on the inside of the shirt to prevent unraveling and skin irritation from the thread.

1. Adhere the Heat n’ Bold ULTRA to solid cotton fabric (I prefer to use the same color as the shirt)

2. Use the same stencils that you used for the bigger letters. This time, you will place them right side up, NOT backwards.

3. Once you have cut your letters out, remove the paper and repeat the same process shown in Part I. Iron the letters on the inside of the shirt, covering the stitching.

And you’re finally finished! Don’t get discouraged if your finished product isn’t perfect! Visit the Pretty Little Letters Etsy Shop to check out more fabric combinations and stitching styles!

IMG_0883Finished Product!

Washing Instructions: Machine wash inside-out in code water, hang to dry.

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2 thoughts on “How To: Sew Your Own Greek Letter Shirt- A Step By Step Tutorial (Part II&III)

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