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.