This blog is expanded coverage of the Subtle Tees article featured in Volume 103 March/April 2017. This post covers “overspray”.
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I did not heed my own advice when I spray painted the stencil on the t-shirt. It was windy outdoors and I didn’t cover the shirt well when I appliqued the spray paint.
My heart sank when I removed the stencil. The colors looked amazing. But there was overspray.
No problem! I decided to use the stenciled part of the shirt as applique fabric.
Overview of this Project:
I stitched the Ravenheart design on the spray painted (ruined) shirt first. Then I cut the embroidered piece to use as applique fabric. I embroidered the fabric on to the new shirt. Since I was working with knit fabric, I chose to make my applique raw-edge applique.
The purpose of this article is to show mistakes can be salvaged. You just have to get scrappy!
Ravenheart from Urban Threads. I chose this design because the decorative elements on the heart mimicked the stencil design.
Applique shape: Created in Perfect Embroidery Pro but any digitizing software will work.
Step 1. Make the Applique Shape
Determine the Size of Applique Shape
I printed a template of the Ravenheart design and placed it on the stenciled portion of the original t-shirt. I didn’t love all the stenciled areas I spray painted, so I chose the area I liked best. Feel free to experiment – you are creating a ‘new’ fabric.
This process helped me determine how big to make the applique. I cut a square piece of paper to audition how large my applique shape should be.
Launch Perfect Embroidery Pro.
Click on the Drawing icon on the top toolbar. Select the Rectangle.
Draw a shape. Don’t worry about the size. You will make adjustments in the next step.
Click the Transform Tab. Make sure the Main aspect ratio does not have a checkmark. Type the proper dimensions for the applique shape. (My example is 5.5″ x 5.75″.) Click Apply.
Now it’s time to convert the artwork to stitches. Make sure the artwork is selected. Then right click, select Convert To / Run.
Change the Stitch length to 2.5 mm. I selected Two ply for the stitch type.
Save the design as AppliqueShape. Print a template of this design and send to your embroidery machine.
Step 2. Prepare the Applique Fabric
I used spray adhesive to attach a piece of polymesh stabilizer to the back of my ruined t-shirt. Then I embroidered the Ravenheart design using Snap Hoop Monster. (Snap Hoop Monster prevents hoop burn and let’s me tug easily on the shirt without fear of puckering). Once finished, I unhooped the project.
Next, I placed the template of AppliqueShape on the embroidered design to get a sense of how much of the t-shirt I need to cut. I cut a large enough piece of the t-shirt to use as applique fabric. Remember, you can always trim but you can never add to an already cut piece of fabric.
Step 3. Stitch the Final Shirt
I used spray adhesive to attach a piece of polymesh stabilizer to the back of my new t-shirt. I placed the AppliqueShape Template on my new shirt to determine where to place the applique on the t-shirt. Next, I placed a Target Sticker to designate the center of the AppliqueShape Template. The last step: stitch the AppliqueShape design. Trim the edges of the appliqued t-shirt leaving about a 1/4” all the way around.
Lori Woodward6 years ago
I love that you turned the “Oops” into a beautiful project!
Denise Holguin6 years ago
Thank you! I surprised myself!
Jacque`6 years ago
We can generally salvage problem projects. I just hate when it is a customers and I have to replace. So I am extra careful. I prefer to supply my own blanks. Then the “OOPS” are mine to deal with later.
Bruce6 years ago
I agree. 🙂
Sara Redner6 years ago
It turned out cute. Applique often comes in handy to cover mistakes or just a design I don’t like as much as I thought I did when I stitched it.
Joan Shriver6 years ago
I agree with you, Jacque. Messing up someone else’s piece is the worst. I don’t mind helping out a friend, but no more embroidering on their item!
JD6 years ago
This turned out great! What save. Thanks so much for sharing this project.
Denise Holguin6 years ago
Thank you, JD. It’s one of my favorite shirts!
Daisy6 years ago
This is a really intlielgent way to answer the question.