Valentine's Day - Appliqued Heart Shirt - DIY Tutorial

Here's a quick little Valentine's Day project to make for your little cutie pie! Appliqueing onesies or shirts is so easy. It turns plain baby and kid shirts into clothing that looks like you bought it from a cute baby boutique. I took lots of pictures of the Valentine's Day shirt I made for my daughter to show you step by step how to do it yourself!

Onesie or shirt
Scrap of fabric about the width of the shirt
Heat'n Bond Iron-on Adhesive (not pictured but I linked to what it looks like if you are looking for it)
Matching Thread

Step 1: Pick out the color of scraps you want to use to create the hearts. I laid mine out on the shirt in the color order I wanted the hearts. I ended up switching the middle pink fabric to another pink after I took this picture. That's why it looks different a few steps down.

Step 2: Cut a piece of Heat'n Bond the size of your fabric. Lay the bond paper with the paper side down, bumpy/ textured side up. Lay the fabric on top, with right side up. Iron your fabric to the Heat'n Bond. It doesn't take too long (a few seconds) for the fabric to stick to the paper. Repeat for each heart you want to create.

Step 3: I laid the fabric out in the color order I wanted them and then flipped the fabric over so the paper side was up. This helped me to see what side and shape I wanted to draw my hearts. Use your pen to draw the heart onto the paper side of your fabric. The paper side will get pulled off of the fabric once you cut out the heart so don't worry about drawing on it. It won't get ironed onto the shirt and won't be seen through the fabric.

Step 4: Cut out the hearts.

Step 5: Peel the paper backing off of the fabric. When it's peeled off, the back of your fabric will look shiny. This is the Heat'n Bond that will bond the fabric heart to the shirt.

Step 6: Iron in place. Again, this doesn't take many seconds of ironing before the fabric is bonded to the shirt.

Step 7: I ironed the shirt and hearts one more time to make sure everything was smooth for when I was ready to sew around the hearts.

Step 8: Sew around the hearts. You can do this by hand if you don't have a sewing machine but it's super quick to use your machine. I did a straight stitch, in red thread, about an 1/8" away from the edge of the heart. Repeat for each of the hearts. Clip your thread and you're done!

Finished close up!

Here's my 2 year old wearing hers. I couldn't get her to hold still and face you only get a partial view of it on her! I think it turned out so cute and will be perfect for her to wear on Valentine's Day.





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