Speech Bubble Patch DIY

November 15, 2014RaChil Luke
Save that hole-y tee with a super cute speech bubble patch DIY. Meow!

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.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!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!

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!We can fix this, we have the technology, let me share it with you!

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!Supplies:

  • Shirt, with workable hole or just needs to “say” something
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Light weight iron on interface
  • White Fabric. I used a flannel I had on hand
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Iron

Step 1: Iron you fuseable interface to your white fabric following the specific directions for your interfacing.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Trim down any excess interfacing.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Step 2: Sketch out or free-hand cut out a good-sized speech bubble shape for your subject/hole size.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Step 3: Sketch out what you want your bubble to say. I went with a simple MEOW. It is a cat shirt after all

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

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)

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

I would recommend using thicker thread than I did. It reads alright, but it could be better.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Step 5: Pin your patch down.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Sew your patch to your shirt, I used the blanket stitch. Here’s a link for that tutorial.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Step 6: I trimmed out the extra fabric behind my patch to make my shirt look more finished. This is optional.

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!

Step 7: Wear it!

Patch a tee with a speech bubble. Cute and practical!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!

RaChil

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