Friday, August 6, 2010

Appliqued Silhouette Shirt

We are taking a vacation next month (can you guess where?) and the Princess needed her own princess shirt:)

You can turn any silhouette into a shirt for your little one...or for yourself:) How cute would this be with the grandchildren for a grandpa or grandma?


fabric for silhouette (I chose black)

any fabric for additional appliques (I used a blue satin for a headband)

Heat N Bond

matching thread


white computer paper



1. Draw your silhouette image on plain paper. I used computer paper. Also, you can save this as a template if you want to make more silhouettes in the future.

2. Cut out your silhouette fabric a little larger than your image. Also cut out a Heat N Bond piece the same size.

3. Iron your Heat N Bond to the wrong side of the fabric per the package directions.

(There's my mini iron again!)

4. Trace your silhouette template on the paper side of the Heat N Bond. Remember that your image will be reversed when it is ironed I flipped mine around so that it would face left when I ironed it on the shirt.

5. Cut out your silhouette.

6. I then drew out a headband template and repeated the applique process with some blue satin.

Here is the "headband". I just laid it on top of the silhouette to show you...I didn't iron it on yet.

7. Peel off the paper back of the Heat N Bond, place the silhouette on your shirt, and iron it on per the packaging instructions.

8. Stitch along the outer edge with a straight stitch. You could use a zigzag if you want...I just liked the clean look of a straight stitch.

9. Next I ironed on my "headband" piece.

Here it is after I stitched along the edges.

For a little extra "sparkle" I sewed on a large craft gem for an "earring".

And that's it! This project was super easy and I am pretty pleased with the results. Rarely does a project come out the way I saw it in my head:)

You could really make silhouettes for anything like a purse, a backpack, or a blanket. How cute would these be made out of paper in a girl's room? I am thinking of recreating this on a larger scale out of paper for my daughter's next birthday party.

As soon as I showed it to her...she asked where the "other princesses" were...I didn't know I had to make more than one!


shirt: $1.00

black material: $.40

blue satin: $.20

I already had the Heat N Bond and the craft gem

Total: $1.60

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Tatertots and Jello


  1. This is such a great tutorial. I'm going to have to make one for my little girl. It is easy on the budget too. Love it!

  2. This could possibly be the cutest thing ever. So creative and such a cool design! Can't wait to try this project out!

  3. So cute! I love how it's cute and adorable, but not cutesy and covered in kiddy junk. Very classy!

    I'm hosting a t-shirt linky party next Friday. Hope you'll link this up...I think my readers will love it!

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  5. Thats too funny. My sister made a princess Jasmine one and I copied her by making cinderella. Yours came out better because the shape is more defined. Good job!

  6. Hi Melissa

    My sincerest apologies, I didn't mean to upset you or step on your toes. My little sister saw your post and apparently left a comment about it. Then she made one so I made one as well. I even asked her where she saw it and she said "i dont know, online somewhere." I am very sorry. If you look at my post again I have given you proper credit, I had no idea where the idea came from. Thank you for all the inspiration and I hope we can still be blogging friends. It really was not my intention to upset you or your friends in any way.

    Have a great evening
    XOXO Kirsi

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