This top hasn’t fit Taite for 2 years, but I couldn’t bear to get rid of it because it’s so darn cute.
Yesterday, the creative light bulb went on over my head, and I decided to repurpose the adorable design on a shirt that fits her.
Here’s what I did.
First, I cut off the front of the tank top. I will admit it totally freaked me out. I think I have some sort of latent issues remaining from the repercussions of cutting a hole in my stylin’ Jan Brady-ish plaid pants when I was 4. Anyway, I held my breath and cut.
No one scolded me, so I continued on by cutting a piece of Ultra Hold Heat N Bond to approximately the same size, and ironed them together per the directions. And yes, that is a paper towel you see in between the fabric and the ironing board. Dude, I am on my 3rd ironing board cover this year. I have learned.
Next, I cut out the design more exactly. This is much easier to do AFTER the Heat N Bond is on there because the paper gives it some extra stability. Also, it gets rid of the edges that sometimes don’t bond as securely.
I peeled off the paper backing and ironed the design onto the front of a $5 Old Navy t-shirt, secretly wishing I had one with a nice, big stain on the front that I could feel really pleased about hiding. Oh well, maybe next time.
The Heat N Bond instructions say not to sew after adhering because of the thickness of the adhesive, but I usually do anyway and haven’t ever had a problem with it. Especially with this appliqué being particularly thick and heavy, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to budge. I used a regular straight stitch and went around all the edges.
Then I added one charming girl in an owl skirt (I made that a couple of months ago), and bingo – recycled cuteness!