Easy gift – initial shirts

I can’t remember where I saw initial shirts initially (ha!), but they were love at first sight. The shirts I saw were screen printed but I wanted to try out my new fabric interfacing with my Silhouette so I chose that medium. Donna made one up by hand with Ws for William, but I used my machine for these. A Tt shirt for Tuesday:

She wore it today with an interesting outfit choice. Though obviously I should have known buying her this tutu would mean she wanted to wear it all the time.

So I used the actual Silhouette brand sewable fabric interfacing for this shirt. Then I went to Jo-Ann’s and realized that Heat n Bond lite (available with the other interfacings) is the EXACT SAME THING. And it is $1.99 a yard, so really .99 a yard since everything is on sale there always (the Silhouette branded stuff is $7.99 a yard to compare). Here’s a shirt I made with that stuff.

Exactly the same. It cuts out of the machine so easily. You iron this interfacing on the back of the fabric for two seconds, let cool, peel off protective cover, place on a cutting mat and cut (speed 3, thickness 30, double cut for best results). Once cut you can iron it onto your fabric for a temporary hold (that I found very secure) while you stitch around the letter or image. I used a narrow zig-zag stitch for these with coordinating thread.

These shirts were a big hit with the kids just learning their letters. If you have a Silhouette you should try experimenting with cutting fabric. It’s fun and so easy. The Heat n Bond also comes in an ultra hold which I believe is the same as the no-sew fabric interfacing Silhouette sells (they call it clean cut, but I do not actually think it cuts more cleanly). Let me know if you do, I’d love to see the projects!

P.S. I’ve been a slacker blogger because I decided my new curtains all needed to be hand sewn to their linings. Is that over the top? Please say no.

9 Replies to “Easy gift – initial shirts”

  1. I want to try this! I need to make presents for my sisters who are pregnant. Sarah is having her baby today! And Cara in November…I need plently of time to get something done 😉

  2. Love these. Miri had a ton of M shirts from a lady who is now out of business. 🙁

  3. oh goodness. that photo of tuesday in the tutu is priceless! i just love her! and great shirts – what an awesome gift those would make!

  4. What a great idea! I love these. And Tuesday could not be more adorable with her sweet curls and tutu.

  5. great smile on Tuesday!

  6. totally trying to catch up here and have been reading all your WITL posts…
    but i LOVE tuesday’s outfit and expression in this picture!
    sooooooooo much.
    she is the best!
    xo.

  7. […] on them? Oh how fancy names change things! Also we eventually did get dressed, and Tuesday wore her T shirt as you can […]

  8. […]   For iron on interfacing (so you can cut fabric) I have bought the Silhouette brand and did a little research, it is exactly the same as heat and bond (an interfacing you can by at most big fabric stores, jo-ann’s etc., in packages or by the yard in the interfacing area). The Lite is the same as the sewable  and the Ultrahold is the same as clean cut. I like the lite best, and have had great luck making shirts like these. […]

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