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JANUARY 2009 - EMBELLISHED TEES

Inexpensive trim helps these little tees transcend their utilitarian look without taking away from their usefulness.

Embellished Tees

TOOLS & MATERIALS:

  1. Side snap tees
  2. Mild detergent such as Woolite
  3. Grossgrain ribbon, elastic trim or decorative piping for each tee
  4. Fabric scissors
  5. Iron & ironing board
  6. Fabri-Tac (fabric glue)
  7. Small bows (optional)
  8. Needle & thread (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prewash the tees and ribbon or trim to remove sizing. (This will also allow the Fabri-Tac to fully penetrate the fabrics and keep your trim securely adhered during frequent washings). Once dry, iron the tees and ribbon/trim to remove any wrinkles.
  2. Tee with grosgrain ribbon: Working with one small section at a time, apply Fabri-Tac to the back of the grossgrain ribbon, making sure it covers the entire surface. Starting at the front, bottom edge of the tee, glue the ribbon to the seam, following the seam line around the tee so that you end at the other bottom edge. Trim any excess ribbon and apply a small bit of glue to the cut edge so it doesn't fray. If desired, embellish the tee with small bows, stitching them securely to the tee with a needle and thread.
  3. Tee with elastic trim or piping: Apply Fabri-Tac to the flat area of the elastic or piping, one small section at a time (because the glue dries quickly), up to the start of the decorative edge. Working from the front, bottom edge of the tee, glue the trim or piping to the inside of the seam, around the tee's edge on the inside of the shirt. Trim the excess at the other bottom edge and glue it securely.

 

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