'The Mama' Sweatshirt DIYOctober 07, 2016
- A sweatshirt- I used a simple Hanes sweater in a pale grey, $9.40 from Amazon*
- A US letter/A4 sized sheet of felt- I used black, sticky backed felt (which isn't necessary- but does make it easier!), $4.62 from Amazon*
- Stitch Witchery/Wonder-web iron on tape, $3.99 from Amazon*
- A printer and sheet of paper
- Ballpoint pen- if you use sticky backed felt
- Dressmaking pins- if your felt does not have a sticky back
Select the font you want to use for your shirt. I found a traditional school sports style font on 1001 Free Fonts. Type your phrase and adjust the size so that the words take up the entire letter/A4 sheet.
You can break up the words to make the most of the space as this is just your template, not how the letters will be arranged on the finished shirt.
Print your letter template on a plain sheet of paper. If your felt is self adhesive and has paper backing (like mine) lay the template sheet over the paper backing of your felt sheet and trace over the letters with a ball point pen.
This will create an indentation outline of your letters- remember to mirror reverse any letters that are direction specific, eg: a, b, c... D, E, F etc. Cut along the indentations to create your felt letters.
If you don't use felt with a paper backing, cut out the letters from your printed template and pin them to the felt. Cut around the paper templates to create your felt letters. If you use this method you won't need to worry about direction specific letters as you can simply flip the felt letter over.
Lay out your letters on your shirt to get the spacing correct before you apply the iron on tape. When you are happy with your design, cut or tear the tape to fit behind the felt letters, and iron onto the shirt- follow the specific directions of the iron on tape brand you use as to the iron temperature and how long to hold the iron over the fabric.
Make sure you don't have iron on tape protruding under the edges of your letters, this will result in your iron getting messy, and sticky patches on your shirt.