Stylish DIY Applique Shirt

Stylish DIY Applique Shirt
Stylish DIY Applique Shirt
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Customize your old T-shirts with this Stylish DIY Applique Shirt! This easy upcycling tutorial shows you how to revive anything in your wardrobe with this cute and super simple process. If you have used this great technique to applique everything in your closet and are still looking for more applique project ideas, perhaps try embellishing household items like hand towel, tea towels, aprons, or grocery totes. Plus, just think what perfect gift ideas these customized applique projects would be!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Westcott LetterCraft Stencil Book
  • T-Shirt or other blank fabric item
  • Accent Fabric For Applique
  • Iron On Fusible Webbing
  • Iron On Fusible Webbing
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Pins
  • Iron
  • Tailors Chalk or Lightly Colored Pencil
  • The World’s Favorite Scissors™ 
  • Westcott Titanium Bonded 8" ExtremEdge Bent Scissors #15351 
  • Westcott Titanium Bonded 3" Straight Scissors #15150


  1. To determine your applique design, select a stencil from the Westcott LetterCraft Stencil Book. All of the designs come in 4 different sizes so feel free to incorporate the different sizes, or mix and match the different shapes.

  2. For this project we used the large heart shaped stencil. Simply layer your accent fabric on top of the fusible webbing and pin the two layers together. Then trace the stencil onto the fabric with tailors chalk or a lightly colored pencil.

  3. Next cut the shape out with you Westcott Titanium Bonded 8" ExtremEdge Bent Scissors, cutting both the fabric and the fusible webbing at the same time. Then you are ready to iron the shape onto your garment.

  4. Once you’ve ironed your applique in place, use a sewing machine to topstitch the border of the fabric shape with a wide and tight zig-zag stitch. Lastly, trim away any excess threads with your Westcott Titanium Bonded 3" Straight Scissors.

Do you have any appliqued gift ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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