Any plain shirt can be made special with the addition of sewn-on letters. Sewn letters are everywhere -- as a monogram on infant onesies, as a name or team name to promote team spirit or as Greek letters on fraternity and sorority apparel. You can pay top dollar for someone else to make shirts for you, or you can gather a few simple supplies and produce them yourself if you have a sewing machine.
Things You'll Need
- Pattern for letters
- Selected fabrics (100% cotton)
- Paper-backed fusible webbing, such as Wonder Under
- Ironing Board
- T-shirt or sweatshirt (100% cotton)
- Sewing machine
Prepare the Fabric
Cut a piece of fabric a little larger than needed for your letter pattern.
Cut a piece of paper-backed fusible webbing to be 1/8 inch smaller than the fabric piece.
Place the fabric face down on the ironing board.
Place the fusible webbing on top of the fabric, paper side facing you.
Iron the fusible webbing to the fabric according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Transfer the Pattern
Cut out the letter patterns.
Place the letters on the paper backing of the fabric. Place them so they will appear backwards on the paper. When you flip them to iron them on, they will be facing the right direction.
Trace the letters onto the paper backing then cut them out.
Iron the Letters
Peel the paper backing off the letters.
Place the shirt on the ironing board and arrange the letters as desired.
Iron the letters onto the shirt according to the instructions included with the fusible webbing.
Sewing the Letters
Set sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch. The length and width of the stitch should be chosen based on your own preference. Use a scrap piece of fabric to determine the look you would like.
Zig-zag stitch around each letter. Secure the beginning and ending stitches by backing up and repeating over those stitches.
Trim excess threads and enjoy your letter shirt.