Thursday, April 8, 2010

Earth Day T-shirt Tutorial

Earth day is coming up and my son and I are ready. I made this shirt for him to wear on April 20th.



earthday t-shirt applique tutorial supplies
  • Blue Fabric for the earth’s water.
  • 3 different green fabrics for the arrows (the back of the pattern should be slightly lighter than the front. Be sure you like both sides of the fabric because they will both show.)
  • T-shirt
  • Green and White fabric paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Freezer paper
  • x-acto knife and cutting mat
  • steam-a-seam
  • iron
  • Earth day templates
  • fabric pen
  • Fray check
earthday t-shirt tutorial 019Trace your preferred earth pattern onto the freezer paper. You are going to trace the circle outline but you will not cut it. Use the x-acto knife to cut out the shape of the continents. Iron the freezer paper to the right side of the blue fabric. Paint the continents. I did the land at the north and south poles in white and the rest in green. You could do all the continents in green if you prefer. You may have to do more than one coat.
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When the paint is dry don’t lift the freezer paper off. We’ll need it for one more step.
earthday t-shirt tutorial 031Trace the arrow template using a fabric marker. Be sure to trace the part label back onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Roughly cut around each arrow piece as well as around the circle for the earth. Lay each piece on the steam-a-seam. You can fit all the pieces on just a bit more than half a sheet.
Cut each piece out with the steam-a-seam stuck to the back. You can take off the freezer paper after you cut out the circle.
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Now all of your pieces are ready so heat up your iron and grab a cheese cloth or another t-shirt to iron thru.
earthday t-shirt tutorial 040Peel the back off of the ends of the arrow pieces (wrong side pieces.) Align all the Arrow pieces so that they form an equilateral triangle.When you place the Earth piece on top of them it should cover just a little of each arrow piece just like the photo. Once they are in position remove everything but the arrow ends and then iron them down.

earthday t-shirt tutorial 044Take the back off the earth piece and center it so that if covers just a little of each Arrow end.  Make sure that the earth is lined up the way that you want (right side up). Cover with the cheese cloth and iron. (you don’t want to iron directly over the stenciled paint. It could mess up your iron)

earthday t-shirt tutorial 045Then take off the back of the final arrow pieces. Be sure to line them up with the correct arrow end piece. Cover with the cheese cloth and iron again.

earthday t-shirt tutorial 048 I finished this off by going around the edges with the fray check though if the edges were raggedy it would probably also look cool.
Please let me know if you make one. I’d love to see it.
This pattern is not for commercial use or monetary gain

1 comment:

  1. Very cool design! looks professional. I like that you used the back side of the fabric for the end of the arrows. I just recently found your Blog from a link you left in a comment at MADE. Cool projects all around. : ) keep it up