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T-Shirt Craft: Identi-tee

T-Shirt Craft: Identi-tee

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Let your kids turn fabric scraps, ribbon, and patches of material into personalized fashion statements.

Materials

  • Materials such as quilting squares, bandannas, fake fur, iron-on patches and appliques, ribbon, zippers, and fabric trim
  • Scissors
  • Fusible bonding web (we used Steam-a-Seam 2 Double Stick; Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 is better for sheer and lightweight fabric scraps)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • T-shirt, washed
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Pillowcase or press cloth

Instructions

  1. Have your child cut the letters of her name from the materials. Peel one side of the backing from a sheet of fusible bonding web and arrange the letters on the adhesive surface. Press down on the material to be sure it all sticks, then cut out each letter.
  2. Set the iron to the manufacturer's recommended setting (a parent's job). Lay the shirt on the ironing board and slide the cardboard between the shirt's layers. Remove the remaining backing from the letters, then arrange them on the shirt and press them into place.
  3. Lay the pillowcase or press cloth on top of the shirt and iron over the letters (a parent's job) to secure them, pressing for 10 to 15 seconds on cotton, less on more delicate fabrics. Allow the shirt to cool thoroughly before your child wears it. To preserve her creation, wash the shirt on a gentle cycle at a mild temperature and hang it to dry.