Bringing a super fun gelli print no sew shirt embellishment tutorial to you! I added a pocket to a plain tee, and cute heart elbow patches to my nieces long sleeve shirt. This idea popped into my head last week and I gathered the supplies and went to town. Below I will show you the step by step process and let you know what worked & what didn't work for me!
Supplies you will need:
Gelli plate (any size)
Stencils & tools for mark making
Fabric (I used an off white muslin)
Fabric Glue or Heat Bond
Washable fabric marker
Step 1. Cut your fabric into manageable size pieces
Step 2. Grab your Gelli arts gel printing plate, some of your favorite acrylic paint, and stencils... now get to printing!!! (I just used acrylic paint for this project because once you heat set it you are good to go!) Allow fabric to fully dry, I left mine dry overnight! Some of the fabric was prepped with white paint that I allowed to dry first before gelli printing, however I preferred the plain fabric.
Step 3. Grab your dried fabric pieces & choose what best matches your t-shirt then begin cutting out your pockets & heart patches. I was going to give you a template but sizes vary for shirt sizes. I referenced back to an old t-shirt I had with a pocket to get an idea on size. I then cut my pocket slightly larger to allow myself room for folding under to make things look sharp & neat. (about a half 1/2 in. seam allowance) The heart size was determined by looking at the sleeve size.
Step 4. Iron your fabric! This is not only getting any little wrinkles out you may have but also heat setting the paint! The edges that I folded under on the pocket also must be ironed down.
Step 5. I used a combo of heat bond, and fabric glue. The heart patches I used only the heat bond. For the pocket I used heat bond to secure the folds then glued just around the edges. (please follow the directions on your fabric glue bottle)
Step 6. Allow glue to fully dry, and the heat bond to cool down. Then it's ready to wear!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me.
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- Kara Beth