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Cutaway T-Shirts

Rock on with cool fabric cutaways that let you capture your favorite shapes and images for t-shirts, jackets and more.

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Materials and Tools

T-shirt or sweatshirt
funky fabric scraps larger than your image (all-over prints with small to medium detail work best)
sewing machine
ballpoint machine needle
contrasting thread
small, sharp scissors
basic image to cut out
sewing pins
pinking shears

Steps:
1. Layer scrap fabric, T-shirt and image together in the area of the shirt where you want the design. Slip a self-healing mat or old magazine between the T-shirt layers to prevent pinning the front and back together. Begin with the fabric (right side up) underneath the front of the shirt. Next, place the paper image on top of the shirt, using sewing pins to pin the layers together.

2. Stitch through the layers around the image using a short stitch length and a ballpoint needle. Use contrasting thread for extra pop and stitch slowly around the details.

3. Remove pins and tear away the image. Use small, sharp scissors to remove the shirt layer, trimming as close to the stitching line as possible.

4. Turn the T-shirt inside out and trim away the outer edge of the fabric scraps. Use pinking shears on the edges to prevent fraying.

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Resources

  • Castin' Craft Clear Liquid Plastic Casting Resin and Catalyst from Environmental Technology Inc. (ETI)