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How to Applique a T-shirt

By: Corinne from Heart of Mary
How to Applique a T-shirt

Making custom applique shirts is a simple process with results that look store-bought! This tutorial will show you how to applique a t-shirt using fusible webbing. Learning how to make iron on appliques will keep the fabric lying flat as you sew.

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueApplique



  • Plain t-shirt
  • Small scraps of fabric for applique
  • Small piece of iron-on adhesive (fusible webbing) for the applique - use the light kind
  • Flower pattern (if using applique in model)
  • Small button (if using the flower pattern)
  • Matching thread

    How to Applique a T-shirt Materials


  1. Prepare your materials: Print and cut out your pattern. Trace your shapes onto the paper side of your iron-on adhesive, then cut them out. If using the same flower pattern, cut out two leaves.

  2. Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron on your shapes to the wrong side of your fabrics. Once cooled, cut out the fabric shapes, then peel off the paper backing.

    How to Applique a T-shirt
  3. Place the applique in your desired position on the t-shirt. Once you are happy with your design, fuse (iron on) your applique. Let cool.
  4. For more durability, sew the applique all around using a narrow zigzag stitch.

    How to Applique a T-shirt
  5. Neatly sew on the button at the center of the flower, if using flower pattern.

    How to Applique a T-shirt

    How to Applique a T-shirt


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Thank you! Do you use anything as a guide like when you straight stitch? Or, do you just move the flower around slowly while you sew? Do you lift up the presser foot when you turn, or do you leave it down the whole time? Do you have to use a special needle for T-shirts?


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