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Reporter: Emily Davis

DIY Iron on Shirt

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Last time, I wrote about my roommate’s sorority letter craft from Craft Night. Today, I’m going to write about my craft from Craft Night! Mine is actually from last year’s Craft Night, but I love it so much that it’s worth writing about. Last year I made a personalized t-shirt.

This craft is actually much easier than it looks. I was so worried I was going to make the most hideous t-shirt in existence, but I’m really pleased with the way it came out. All of the materials came from Hobby Lobby. I bought a long-sleeved t-shirt, two different colors of iron-on fabric, and stencils (to get letters).

Unfortunately, since I made this a year ago, I don’t have “before” or “during” pictures, and I apologize. But I will explain it as best I can!

First, I picked out which stencil I wanted for my sorority letters on the front of my shirt and stenciled the letters on backwards to the back of the fabric with Sharpie. The reason I stenciled onto the back was so there wouldn’t be any Sharpie residue showing up on my letters. And since it was on the back, I had to trace the letters backwards so that when I flipped them to put them on the shirt, they would be readable. Then came time to iron on the letters. I did the middle letter first (“Z”) so that I could easily line it up with the tag so it would be centered. The iron-on fabric has directions for how long to keep the iron pressed to the fabric.

After I finished all three front letters, I decided to do the back of my shirt. Using a different, smaller stencil, I used the same backwards technique to write out my last name and the number 14 (my class year). It was a lot harder to cut out the smaller letters, so it took a bit longer.

I wanted the back of my shirt to look kind of like a baseball jersey, with my name arched over the number. Luckily for me, my last name has an odd number of letters so I was able to line the middle letter up with the tag and just do one letter at a time arching down. If my last name were to have an even number, I would have had to lined the two middle letters up with the outside of the tag. Before I ironed the letters on, I made sure that there was enough room for both numbers in the arch. Then I just ironed everything on and it was done!

To keep this shirt from falling apart and the letters from falling off, I usually wash it inside out. But I’ve definitely forgotten and washed it regular-side out in the past and it wasn’t ruined so don’t worry too much about it.

Homemade iron-on shirts are fun for making shirts for just you, or for a small group of people when ordering screen printed shirts would be too expensive. Hobby Lobby also sells iron-on decals and rhinestones to make your shirts even more personalized.