This Seattle/Atlanta skyline t-shirt was made for my grandson who wanted a unique, light-weight winter shirt. I suggested that instead of making the entire shirt, that we simply pick up a good quality, long-sleeved t-shirt, then create a meaningful design and appliqué it to the back of the shirt. He loved the idea and so this dual skyline shirt was born.
The design was not as difficult to create as I had first imagined. Follow through and I will share how I made this shirt, then you can create a skyline t-shirt for someone you love too.
Step 1: Supplies
For best results pre-wash and dry the t-shirt and iron if necessary.
1 black cotton fabric slightly larger than skyline pattern
1 White Cotton fabric slightly larger than skyline pattern
Heavy duty sewing thread for hand sewing
Metallic silver Embroidery thread
Metallic ( silver ) Embroidery thread
Sewing machine or hand sew
Embroidery needle with large eye
Seam ripper optional
Chalk or pencil
Iron and board optional
Cardboard or something to place between the top of the shirt and the inside for easier pinning
Sewing scissors and it helps to have small sharp pointed scissors for precision cutting of the pattern
Cardboard or card stock paper for pattern
Tracing paper optional
Step 2: Skyline Pattern
Remove the tracing paper from the monitor and then tape the design onto a piece of card stock. Cut out the skyline and remove the tracing paper.
Step 3: Trace Design to Fabric
Remove the pattern from the cloth.
Tape the skyline pattern over the grey fabric and repeat the process.
Step 4: Embroider Skyline
Using the silver embroidery thread, start sewing around the outline on both the skylines using an outline stitch.
Step 5: Sew the Two Skylines Together
Step 6: Applique Layout
Place the cardboard inside the t-shirt and center it.
Center the applique on the back of the shirt and pin into place.
Step 7: Sew Skyline to Tshirt
Step 8: Sunshiines Final Thoughts
I was extremely happy with the results and would like to make one of these for my son with Seattle and Austin in the design instead. That said, crafters have many things they want to make but do not always have the time to get all of them made!
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