Do you have some handbell t-shirts that you no longer wear? Here’s a simple, non-sew idea to preserve the memory of the event. You’ll need scissors, an iron, and some fusible interfacing.
For my project, this type of interfacing worked well.
It cost about $2 at JoAnn’s fabric stores, but many options are available.
Tips to consider: When purchasing the fusible interfacing, instructions for use will be either in the packaging or provided as a wrapper if purchased as yardage cut from a bolt of interfacing; read carefully, as each manufacturer makes their fusible product slightly differently. If you lose the instructions, you can look them up on the Internet by referring to the product description.
Here’s my original t-shirt.
Tips to consider: Iron your t-shirt (at least around the logo) before using the interfacing – this will prevent a permanent wrinkle when attaching the interfacing.
I cut the logo from the t-shirt and cut a slightly larger size from the interfacing.
Give yourself plenty of margin around the logo so you’re not constrained with your ultimate design.
Using the higher steam settings on your iron, iron the t-shirt logo and the interfacing following the package directions on the interfacing.
I used a piece of thin cotton as the press cloth so my t-shirt and interfacing wouldn’t burn and would adhere evenly.
Tips to consider: You could also use parchment paper (cheap, bought in the grocery store in the foil, plastic wrap section) to prevent interfacing from sticking to iron or ironing board; one layer below, one layer above your t-shirt/interfacing “sandwich”.
If symmetry is your thing, trace a pattern around your ornament.
Felt tip pens work best.
Cut and string a hanging thread if desired.
I used a large embroidery needle but a hole punch works well also.
If you’ve never used the fusible interfacing, there are some trade-offs to consider. The thinner the interfacing, the easier it is to cut and hole-punch but your ornament will not be very stiff. If you prefer a stiffer ornament, try thicker interfacing.
Special thanks to Area 3 member Patricia Lane for her technical review and tips.