These Easy No-Sew 4th of July T-shirts took less than an hour to make and cost about $5 each. I wanted to get my two little guys matching shirts but I had a hard time finding T-shirts that I liked so I decided to create them. The secret is the iron-on transfer paper which can be used to iron-on any fabric onto the T-shirt or garment of your choice. Read on to learn how to make your own 4th of July or other “theme” T-shirt.
- Red T-shirts (I used Garanimals 18M and 3T)
- Heat n Bond Ultrahold
- United States Flags
- Favorite Findings “Stars”
- Measuring Tape
- Needle and thread OR Gorilla Glue
I picked up everything you see here at Walmart.
Step 1: Trace Flag and Cut
I laid the flag in one corner of the heat-n-bond ultrahold paper and traced the shape of the flag onto it. Then I cut the paper to match the size and shape of the flag.
Step 2: Iron the Paper onto the Backside of the Flag
Read the instructions on the ultrahold and be careful to make sure you iron the correct side of the paper onto the flag.
Step 3: Center the Flag on the T-shirt
I used measuring tape and measured from the collar and sleeves of the T-shirt to be sure that the flag was centered. I then marked the corners to make sure that once I ironed the flag into place that it would be centered on the shirt.
Step 4: Iron the Flag to the T-shirt
You’ll peel the paper backing off of the flag and then position it to match the corners you marked on the T-shirt to make sure it’s in the right place. Iron slowly and carefully being sure to spend an extra few seconds on the sides and corners of the flag.
Step 5: Attach Desired Embellishments
To make these shirts completely “no-sew” you could use Gorilla Glue to attach the star embellishments. For the shirts you see pictured I sewed the embellishments on. However, I’ve seen Gorilla glue used to glue two pieces of foam together or make repairs on surfaces that are typically hard to glue together. You could easily add puffy paint to this project for added dimension or any number of embellishments or even additional iron-on transfers.
This was a super easy craft and a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July with my two little guys. I always enjoy browsing the web for ideas to inspire me and I hope this post has inspired you to create your own themed T-shirts – if not for the 4th of July, maybe create a shirt for a birthday or another holiday. 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July holiday!
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