Floral Applique T-shirt Refashion

Gather up your floral fabric scraps and fancy up a plain t-shirt into a unique top with some added applique blooms. Use this simple embellishment technique to personalize your wardrobe with your favourite flowery fabric prints.

How to add a Floral Fabric Applique to a Plain T-shirt

This applique technique is easy to do and can be adapted to so many uses. It’s especially great for covering up stains or small holes on your favourite garment.

Big bold floral prints are ideal for this project. You may already have some loud floral fabric that is too bold to make a whole garment with, but is ideal for using in small doses like these appliques.

Choose a fabric with clearly defined printed motifs to cut your applique designs from, which makes it easier to cut around the designs.

Any t-shirt or shirt is a suitable candidate for this refashion project. Give an old garment a new lease of life with a floral flourish!

You will need:

How to:

1/ Choose a section of the floral print you wish to appliqué to a shirt. Cut wide around this floral design.

2/ Cut out a section of interfacing the same size as the floral section you just cut.

3/ Press the interfacing to the backside of the floral fabric using an iron or Easy Press Mini.

4/ Trim closely around the floral appliqué design. Take your time about this.

5/ Peel away the interfacing backing paper.

6/ Place the floral appliqué on the shirt and press down with the iron with a medium heat setting (Do not rub the iron from side to side). The interfacing will bond to the shirt.

7/ As a final step run the shirt through the sewing machine, using a basic running stitch along the edge of the floral applique. Back-stitch your sewing so the threads do not come undone.

8/ Prêt à porter. Ready to wear.

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  • Bet ! Bet ! on Jul 20, 2022

    I like that . I once had some warm fleece tops given to me & they were all white ones so to make sure people knew I wasn't always wearing the same top I did the same but used cut outs to applique from different materials ( patterns ) Loved them !