Today is gong to be a great day everyone! Know how I know? It’s my birthday! Yay! On this joyous holiday I bring you the purrrrfect fix for ripped shirts, speech bubble patches! One of my favorite shirts, and I’m sure you can see why it my favorite, got ripped in the wash a few months ago and has been sitting in my refashion bag ever since. I normally just try to recycle whatever is in said bag but I felt this shirt was worth saving.
Look into that screen-printed cat’s button eyes and tell me you don’t just instantly fall in love. I felt like this shirt still had a lot of shirt potential so I came up with a brilliant fix for the gaping hole. Learn how to save your own beloved shirts with the tutorial below!
- Shirt, with workable hole or just needs to “say” something
- Light weight iron on interface
- White Fabric. I used a flannel I had on hand
Step 1: Iron you fuseable interface to your white fabric following the specific directions for your interfacing.
Trim down any excess interfacing.
Step 2: Sketch out or free-hand cut out a good-sized speech bubble shape for your subject/hole size.
Step 3: Sketch out what you want your bubble to say. I went with a simple MEOW. It is a cat shirt after all
Step 4: Embroider your word or phrase, use whatever method you are comfortable with but I used the chain stitch. Here is an easy to follow tutorial for that if you need any help (It actually makes this stitch a little easier)
I would recommend using thicker thread than I did. It reads alright, but it could be better.
Step 5: Pin your patch down.
Sew your patch to your shirt, I used the blanket stitch. Here’s a link for that tutorial.
Step 6: I trimmed out the extra fabric behind my patch to make my shirt look more finished. This is optional.
Step 7: Wear it!
Let your shirt do the talking! Seriously, I used to wear this shirt all the time, nothing special happened. I finished sewing the patch on in my first period literature class the other day and wore it around after and got compliments right and left. People we’re double impressed when I told them I’d made it. That pretty much comes to a successful project for me especially coupled with the fact that I added a year or two to my favorite shirt.
If you are still feeling crafty after making all of your shirts loquacious you can follow this tutorial to make that leather wrap bracelet I’m wearing in the picture above. If you’re interested in more recycling fashion projects check out my studded sweater project.
Til Next Time!