DIY Fabric Applique Shirt | Hola!

I am so excited to also share with you a fabric applique shirt.  It’s my rendition of the “hello” shirt…with my “Hola!” shirt, using Silhouette’s Heat Transfer interfacing!  I love interfacing and using it just got a whole lot better now that I can cut fabric with my Silhouette!  Now that I have my toes wet….the ideas are just racing through my head about things I can create next!

DIY Fabric Applique Shirt
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The downfall of using fabric for designs and appliques is “How am I going to cut that out so it looks decent?”  Right?  Like a snowflake for instance or a detailed flower or vine pattern or even my fun scripty font I used for my shirt.  The cuts are so crisp using your Silhouette and the interfacing keeps the design right where it should be while you are sewing it in place!  I am in love!  LOVE I tell you!  Here is how I made my shirt:

Supplies Needed for Fabric Applique Shirt:

I started out by finding a font I liked for the word hola.  I chose Lavanderia Sturdy.  You have to have it ‘thick’ enough to sew around!.  Next I added an exclamation point and decided that I wanted the dot to be a heart.  So I selected my exclamation and clicked “release path” on the Weld screen and that made the dot and the exclamation line separate objects.  I deleted the dot and replaced with a heart!  Voila!


Next I cut out a piece of the interfacing that was about an inch larger in both height and width of my design.  I ironed the rough side of the interfacing down on the back side of my fabric.

Silhouette Portriat Giveaway Heat Transfer Interfacing

Next trim your fabric to be the same size as the interfacing rectangle and remove the backing. {Can you see my mat gets lots of use!?}

Silhouette Giveaway on

Place your interfaced fabric on your cutting mat. Feed the cutting mat into your machine. Note: to avoid bunching, make sure the fabric is not under the white rollers.

fabric interfacing with Silhouette

Next I went to my cut settings and chose fabric, replaced my regular blade with my blue fabric blade, set the blade at a 3 and then cut!

Blue Fabric Cutting Blade Hola Shirt

Hola Shirt using Silhouette

Remove the excess from the design and you are left with your perfect design.

Hola Shirt Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I ironed that onto my shirt and then ran some stitches through it on my sewing machine.

Hola Shirt at

stitching on Hola Shirt at

I’m kind of in love with it!  You can use this technique on tote bags, beach towels, pillows, blankets, canvases, shirts, shorts, tanks…the options are endless!

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POSTED BY: Cheryl Spangenberg

237 Responses to DIY Fabric Applique Shirt | Hola!

  1. I would make some subway art or a cute saying to go on my wall. Or perhaps a “no soliciting” sign because warm weather is upon us and so are the door to door salesmen.

  2. I just moved home from college, so I’ve been updating my room from a high schooler’s room to a post-college graduate’s room. I would make a pillow that matches my new, more sophisticated room!

  3. WOW! I would make a set of 1-12 month onsies for a friend who is prego & JUST found out she is having a girl! With all the beautiful girly fabrics out there I would have SEW much fun w/ the Silhouette!! Thank you for this opportunity.

  4. I would love to win this Silouhette Portrait! I make cards, scrapbook layouts and other paper crafting projects and have a blog I post them on. I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration to show others and this would be a great way to put it to good use.

  5. I would totally make something adorable for my soon-to-be-born nephew….probably Cardinal’s Littlest Fan/Gibson. If I don’t win, I’m coming to your house to make it anyway. :-)

  6. I love to scrapbook and make cards, so it would probably be something for that. However, I LOVE your shirt idea! I adore holiday/seasonal shirts, and it would be fantastic to be able to create my own!

  7. I want to make some pillows with our state emblem on it, and make some for our friends who live out of state.

  8. I plan to use mine as a tool with my embroidery machine. But the first thing I would do would be vinyl monograms

  9. I have a pair of appliqued pillow shams I want to make. The silhouette would make it so much easier~

  10. There are somany firsts in my head( and on my boards) right now. Fabric decorations for the playroom. Favours for baby’s upcoming party. His first baby book. His fisrt quite book…….
    Aetiquette at gmail dot com

  11. I would love to get started with fabrics and the silhouette. Maybe July 4th shirts for the whole fam!

  12. I have so many projects in mind because I’ve been lusting after a Silhouette for a long time, but first I would make banners for my new business!

  13. I would make some awesome customized tote bags to fill with goodies for our guests that our coming to our destination wedding!!

  14. I would definitely start with a pillow project (or 6!) for the LR & MBR. Summer fresh designs for pillows sound great right now.

  15. The first project I would make with the Silhouette Portrait is a Welcome to Kindergarten bulletin board for my classroom!!

  16. I will make end of year greeting cards for my child’s teacher and bus driver and there’s no telling what else because once I get started creating I find more things to do and I bet that if I had a Sillouhette I would not be able to stop using if for a while!!!!

  17. I would love to do some vinyl wall art! I know it doesn’t use the stuff that comes with the Portrait, but it’s really what I’ve been wanting to do!

  18. Wow, love your project! Well, my DS is on a gymnastics team and it is so very difficult to find boys gym paraphernalia so I would love to make him a shirt with a boy gymnast on the front! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  19. Awesome Giveaway! I would make cute appliques for my kiddies, and the possibilities are endless!

    Thank you! : )

  20. I would love to make my little nephew an appliqué top for his 2nd birthday
    Thank you for the giveaway

  21. I have wanted one of these for so long to create vinyl letting for framed art. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. This is where my ADHD takes over me! LOL I have so many ideas for projects that I wouldn’t know where to begin! I would definitely make clothing for my 3 daughters (top of the list). Another thing I would do is make Tshirts for a very special young friend who is in the hospital fighting a cancer. Since he is hooked up to machines, he needs someone to make his Tshirts or modify them. I would definitely donate a huge bundle to him to cheer him up.

  23. I would make stencils for some signs I want for my house – next would be something cute for my grands.

  24. There are so many things I want to make…designs for my girls summer dresses and their rooms…chore chart…cards, cards, cards…home decor…etc! I love Silhouette!

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