Step 5: Trim the Edges Along the Sewing Line

First trim the edges of the cut-out, about an eighth of an inch out from the sewing line. Then turn the shirt inside out and trim the inside of the shirt away so you don't have two layers over the whole new image area. You don't have to trim the inside as close and as tidily as the outside.
well i made one using 2 shirts onto a new one(I <3 NY, nirvana and a black T)... added a stencil, added the sleaves, collar and bottom from my white shirt, added some bleach, i love making my own shirts now!
Thanks for sharing! Looks really good and gave me some fresh ideas.<br>
Very nice, I love it! You took this mashup idea and really ran with it. Thanks for showing us the result!
Thanks again for the EXCELLENT&nbsp;instructable.&nbsp; I utilized a mesh jersey shirt as a base and a kids T-shirt for the applique.&nbsp; I found that if you are working with two different types of fabric for both shirts, the overlock stich on a sewing machine is very forgiving.&nbsp; Rather than sew up the holes though, I&nbsp;took the opportunity to applique Americana stars on the design for a more custom look.&nbsp; I also saved the tag from the kids shirt to cover the vinyl iron on logo (a Starter shirt HEAVILY&nbsp;discounted) into a preppy Marvel logo that any Marvel Zombie would be proud to show off.&nbsp; Considering that licensed shirts already made cost anywhere from $80-$150 brand new, my husband is proud to have for $11 - not including the custom quickie Arc reactor that he now had to make due to my creative inspiration from your instructable.<br /> <br /> Thanks for such a good one!&nbsp; Five STARS!&nbsp; <br />
That looks awesome!&nbsp; I know a number of Iron Man fans who'd kill for it :)<br />
Very nice tutorial. I made two shirts, I found that's easier to sew if you use the same type of fabric for both shirts, it looks better and stretches the same way.
That is a good point, similar fabric types will produce better results. Speaking of which, yours look great! Thanks for the pix!
add to t-shirt mods!
you say wear it proudly yet your not wearing it how sad
oop i missed the second picture nvm then
cool, i think i'll be trying this soon, i'll post pics when i do...
Nice job, it's great to see more clothes hackers in this joint! T-shirts are some of my favorite things to mess with.
There's also a product sold at fabric stores by Sulky called "KK2000" (that # might not be exactly right, but it's a small, white, aerosol-ish can) that I've always used for this same type of modification. You spray it onto the back of your cut-out piece and it gets really sticky. Stick your piece on and sew - no pins needed. Within either 28 or 48 hours (I'm moving and my can is packed away somewhere...) the Sulky stuff just dissipates into the atmosphere and is gone forever. It's great for all sorts of things. Also, I sometimes like to sew the edge with a zigzag stich of a contrasting color to make it even more thrown-together, handmade looking or whatever. I'm always trying to explain this to people and you've done a great job of posting it here! Thanks!
I haven't heard of that before, it sounds really useful. Does the needle get the stickiness on it at all? I once sewed through something, glue or tape, that gummed up the needle and it was a real mess. Even so, I'm gonna have to get some and try it, maybe the Sulky people have solved this. Thanks for the tip!
You could also try Stitch Witchery (sp?). It's a fusible interfacing sold by the yard. You iron the two pieces of fabric you want to stay together with the stitch witchery in between and it's enough to not only keep your fabric from slipping when sewing, but indefinitely. I use it for applique, so sort of the same idea. But keep in mind that it will tend to feel like a patch, since it's thicker (maybe not the most appealing). This is probably what I'll end up doing with my torn-up/stained/too small shirts... You trim after you sew it up??
When sewing knits, you need to use a ball-point (yellow shank) needle & a zig zag stitch. Also if you stretch the fabric as you sew you'll have stretchy seams too. This is a good one.
Thanks JanxAngel! I find that I can usually get away without changing to a ball point needle on t-shirt knits, but you're right that a ball point is recommended and it never hurts. Sometimes these are also called "stretch" needles. Generally knits with thinner fibers such as silk or rayon will be more likely to need a ball point needle. Stretching as you go will definitely produce stretchier seams. The downside of this is that they tend to stay stretched, and you get a kind of ripple effect and it doesn't lay flat any more. Experiment on the shirt you cut up and see what works for you.
I actually made a few costume pieces for a friend out of knit and had never worked on knits before doing it. Just lots and lots of cottons and some satin here & there. Yeah if you stretch it too much you do get the ripple, but I soon worked out just how to do it.

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