How to Make Shirts With Greek Letter Appliques

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How to Make Shirts With Greek Letter Appliques
Add a distinctive edge to your Greek wear with a handmade Greek letter shirt. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Making your own shirts with Greek letter appliques will make you stand out at your next sorority or fraternity event. With a little thread and fabric, you can turn an ordinary shirt into something extraordinary during rush week. Save money on expensive Greek letter shirts by making your own at home.

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Things you need

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Utility knife
  • Self-healing board
  • Disappearing ink pen

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  1. 1

    Print out a copy of your Greek letters on printer paper. Enlarge to the size you'd like for your shirt. Thick letters work best for applique.

  2. 2

    Cut out your letters on a self-healing board with a utility knife.

  3. 3

    Trace the letters onto the back side of your fabric using a disappearing ink pen.

  4. 4

    Cut the letters out using fabric scissors.

  5. 5

    Trace the letters onto a sheet of fusible interfacing. Cut out using fabric scissors.

  6. 6

    Place fabric letters over the fusible interfacing letters and pin to the front panel of your shirt.

  7. 7

    Heat your iron to slightly higher than suggested for the materials used in your shirt.

  8. 8

    Spray your applique letters with a light mist of water.

  9. 9

    Lay a thin towel over your letters. Iron over your letters with a concentrated motion to activate the bonding glue.

  10. 10

    Continue ironing until letters are secured. Let cool.

  11. 11

    Using complimentary thread, sew a tight zigzag stitch around the perimeter of the letters.

Tips and warnings

  • Cotton shirts work best for bonding appliques to shirts.
  • Move your iron in a continuous motion to prevent burning.

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