How To Make A No-Sew Applique’ T-Shirt

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How to Make a No-Sew Applique’ T-Shirt

Want to make this No-sew Applique’ T-shirt!  It’s SUPER simple.  Follow the instructions below!

Believe or not, the 100th Day of school is coming to my school district.  It doesn’t seem possible!  Every year we celebrate the 100th day by allowing students to wear shirts, necklaces, bracelets, hats, or any other accessory with 100 items creatively attached.  Fortunately for my children, I LOVE an art project 🙂 

I wracked my brain and tried to think of a design that was simple, yet cute. After a few rejected ideas, I drew this sketch below.

   My drawing gave me inspiration and I hit the ground running.  To create this project you will need a few things:

-T-Shirt (color of your choice)

Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive



-Embellish It Adhesive


-3 Yards of Fabric of different colors (1 for bottom of cupcake, 1 middle, and 1 Cherry on top of Cupcake)

-Cupcake Template

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies you are ready to get started!  Begin by cutting out cupcake template.  Once cupcake template is cut out choose which color fabric you would like to use for each section of your creation.  I used a yellow polka dot fabric for the bottom, white for the middle, and a red polka dot for cherry. 

Now that you’ve chosen your fabric, you need to cut out and iron the fabric to the Heat N Bond Iron-On Adhesive. The easiest way I have found to properly do this is to measure out a piece of fabric that leaves plenty of space for your template (as shown above) and then cut a piece of Heat N’ Bond that is slightly smaller than the fabric cut-out. If you would like, you may trace the template to make sure your fabric/adhesive is the right size.

Before using Iron – On Adhesive, make sure to prewash material without fabric softeners. Next, Preheat iron wool setting without the steam option.
Place adhesive, paper side up on the back (or wrong side) of material to be bonded. Then, place and hold iron on paper side for 2 sec. repeat gliding iron to new area and pressing, slighting overlapping previous area until entire surface is bonded. Allow material to cool.

Next cut to desired size or shape. – Peel off backing.

Place material, adhesive side down, in desired position on top of project. Press and hold iron for 8-10 sec on each section until entire piece is bonded.

Since these applique’ t-shirts are going to be used for the 100th day of school I put the girls to work.  They were given 5 different colors of sequin and were asked to count out 20 for each color (100 total). We had a quick math lesson over division (haha). 


I was a little worried about placing the sequin, but it worked out well. I put a dot of the “Embellish-It” Adhesive for each piece of sequin I wanted the kids to put down.  They did a great job!  

I ended up adding a 100 to the back of the Applique’ T-shirts to give them a little more of a “fancy” look.  I really was pleased with the end result!  Not bad for $4 a piece!

HAVE A QUESTION About the Applique’ T-Shirt OR WANT TO SHARE a creation of your own? I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! 

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