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projects - garden scene t shirt

gardening scene appliqué




you will need

1. A template of a watering can and tulips  (see below)
2. Fabric for the appliqué
3. Appliglues: no. 6 and colours to match your fabrics
4. A cotton based t shirt
5. A piece of cardboard covered with plastic



1. Cut out the tulips and watering can patterns and pin the shapes onto your chosen fabric
2. Slip a plastic covered piece of cardboard inside the t shirt
3. Secure the t shirt to the cardboard with pegs
4. Position the tulips and watering can in place.  
5. Starting from the top, remove the watering can and scratch a thin line of the clear glue along the inside edge on the wrong side .
6. Replace into position.                                                                                                                
7. Appliglue the remaining tulips in place  
8. Starting from the top of the design, apply the coloured appliglue finely around all the edges of each piece.  If right handed, work from the left of the picture to the right.
9. Leave your project to dry for at least 4-6 hours. 


hints and tips

  • When washing, turn the t shirt inside out and wash on a short gentle wash. If necessary Iron on the reverse side.
  • After placing the motifs on the t shirt, you might like to secure them with a paper glue stick.  Then try the garment on and adjust the motifs as necessary.  Proceed with the double glue technique. The paper glue will come out with your first wash.
  • A child’s colouring in book is a useful source for patterns.
  • This is a perfect opportunity to use scrap fabrics.  Cotton is always a good first choice.
  • Shapes can also be appliqued on to cushions, bags, greetings cards  etc.
  • Why not appliqué a square of crazy patchwork on the front of a sweatshirt 


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