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 thatswhatchesaid.net

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 thatswhatchesaid.net

stitching on Hola Shirt at thatswhatchesaid.net

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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Download your Hola Shirt Fabric Applique Here

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  1. Kim S.

    I would love to make some vinyl wall art for my dining area.

  2. Rebecca Brewer

    Backpacks for the kids with their names on them.

  3. Lindsay Fekitoa

    I’d make appliqué everything!

  4. Kelly Brown

    the first thing I would make are some letters for my clipboards at school!

  5. Melanie

    Baby onesies for the trips!

  6. Would love to make some vinyl projects

  7. Nikolette B

    I have no idea what I’d make first – but I have lots of ideas!!

  8. I would definitely make a stencil for the wall. I love writing on the wall. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  9. Helen B.

    I would make some fun t-shirts for my daughter and her BFF!

  10. Andrea Nelson

    I would love to make onesies!

  11. Nidhi

    Awesome Giveaway! Would make Family Rules subway art & cute pillow covers. Thanks

  12. Michele Phillips

    I think I would work on my scrapbooks!

  13. Heather

    I would make my boys some bags to carry their library books or some t-shirts!

  14. Eve Thomas

    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.

  15. Meg

    I would make baby gifts for all my pregnant friends!

  16. Erin

    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!

  17. Susan

    I’d make some vinyl projects for my new office which is desperate for organization!

  18. I would like to make some vinyl projects for the walls of my new home…and sincewe are renting, the vinyl would be perfect for decorating them.

  19. Danielle Davis

    I would love to make my boys some cute shirts to wear for our upcoming trip to Disney!

  20. Ashley Estep

    I would make a canvas painting for my daughter’s nursery.

  21. Christie

    I’d try something with vinyl!

  22. Jill L

    I would make a wonderful flower tshirt for my daughter.

  23. Katie

    I would make some school shirts for my girls.

  24. Jennifer

    Some wall art!

  25. 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.

  26. Britta Horigan

    Great Shirt! I’d love to make something to wear to the Memorial day cookout.

  27. Rachel

    Oh! I f I were to win, I would make presents for my family and friends! Yhank you for the opportunity!

  28. Mer

    Love the shirt! I might try something similar for a friend’s bachlorette party!

  29. Grace Elliston

    My first project would be my signs for my wedding :)

  30. I would make Christmas gifts!

  31. Andrea S.

    Thanks! I would love to applique a baby blanket for my daughter, who is due in July.

  32. Amanda Sakovitz

    I would love to use this for sweatshirts and tank tops~

  33. Michelle

    My daughter loves to have her things personalized, so I would definitely start there!

  34. Rebecca C

    Cupcake wrappers! I love those soooo much!

  35. I would try the glass etching and make labels for my glass storage jars.

  36. Thomas Murphy

    I would make some T-shirts

  37. Erin

    I’m dying to use the chipboard for some cute labels and tags!

  38. Denise Bryant

    Fun shirt! I’d love to try some T shirts too!

  39. Angela Yeremenko

    I would love to make some vinyl wall art.

  40. Brittany K.

    This machine is amazing!!! I’d love to win one :)

    • Brittany K.

      I’d make some 4th of July outfits for my kids :)

  41. jo

    I’d like to do a welcome vinyl for my front door.

  42. Angie Conner

    I would love to make some wall art and signs.

  43. Sarah R

    I would make some awesome embellished bags!

  44. There is a pillow that has been waiting for me to win one of these so I can make it!!!!

  45. Shannon

    I’d make wall art.

  46. Camille

    Appliques for the clothes I make for my daughter.

  47. Heather S

    I would love to make some personalized tumblers for my bridal party and some decor for our home.

  48. Laura

    I have so many ideas — tshirts for kids, signs to take to ball games…so fun.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  49. Nicole

    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.

  50. Honestly, I would give the Silhouette to my mom. She loves to make cards & would really enjoy it.

  51. crystal moyer

    aapliqued shirts for me kids!

  52. Becca

    shirts for my kids with a summer theme on them

  53. Vanessa Moore

    I would make some nursery wall art that I’ve been seeing for my daughter’s shared bedroom.

  54. I would love to win this and make some cute shirts for my kids :)

  55. Colleen Boudreau

    I would make appliques for t shirts!

  56. Tronesia D

    I’d love to make a frame art print for my daughter’s bedroom wall :)

  57. Melissa

    I’d love to win! I have some project ideas in mind!

  58. Rachel

    I would probably embellish a shirt for my daughter! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  59. twelve30

    Oh—holiday tee shirts for the kids! Thanks for the giveaway. twelve30(at)gmail(dot)com

  60. Judith I

    I would totally make my boys shirts for the swim team for the summer. This is so cool!!!!

  61. Stacy

    I would make some pillows!

  62. Mary

    I’d make Goober a 3rd birthday shirt

  63. Hayley

    I would make a party hat!

  64. Heidi

    I would try out the applique like you did! it looks great!

  65. Laura

    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. :-)

  66. Cynthia Johnson

    Decor for my baby girls room

  67. Alexandra Williams

    I would make a sign with vinyl!

  68. 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!

  69. Jessica Hornibrook

    decorations for the nursery – I’m having a girl!

  70. patti

    I need some subway art for my kitchen and sewing room!

  71. Susan H.

    I would like to try to make some jewelry and fabric enhanced greeting cards. Thanks.

  72. Chastity

    I would love to make art work for my babies room.

  73. Jen w

    shirts for my kids!!!

  74. Lisa Burkman

    I would use this to make wall decals!

  75. ann c

    Endless ideas – what a neat tool to make more of them happen!

  76. Sandra Moak

    I would love to make some monogrammed throw pillows!

  77. Brit Kohl

    I would make a split letter monogram frame for a friends wedding present.

  78. I would make some custom onesies for baby shower gifts

  79. Jamie larsen

    My first project would be some sort of vinyl wall decor
    Thanks for the chance

  80. Jody Rollins

    I would make a shirt for my daughter’s first birthday!!!

  81. maryg

    so many things to make with this starting with gifts

  82. Johanna Richards

    I would make thank you cards!

  83. Suzie

    I would make a lot of tshirts and appliques for quilts.

  84. I think I would fancy up a tshirt too!

  85. Salome

    Father’s day presents for my husband, grandfather’s and uncles. Then Christmas stockings.

  86. Kara

    Cupcake toppers !

  87. Ellen

    This would make it super easy to jazz up plain kids clothes!

  88. Amy Snell

    Love love this!! Craftastic :)

  89. Amy Snell

    I’d craft up some 4th of July goodness

  90. Jennifer

    A very cute way to liven up t-shirts!

  91. Lori

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

  92. RachelC

    I’d like to use it to make subway art.

  93. So many ideas, I wouldn’t even know, but maybe somethibg for my sister-ib-law’s baby shower present.

  94. Laura T

    I would make some pillows with letters.

  95. Robyn S.

    I would make some onesies or t-shirts for my girls!

  96. Christy Graves

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

  97. Sonia

    etched glass wedding gifts

  98. Rhonda

    I would like to do some fabric applique for baby quilt

  99. I’d work on some appliquéd pillow case dresses for the summer!

  100. Michelle Smith

    I’d make some appliqued onesies for my newborn

  101. Daffny

    Thanks for showing a great way to use the silhouette portrait machine!

  102. beverly e

    A pillow for my porch swing!

  103. Kellie S.

    I would make a cut set of canisters with vinyl labels for my daughters new apartment.

  104. Cara

    I would start with 4th of July shirts for my family and I would definitely knock out some home decor projects!

  105. Steph Coupns

    i’d make wall decals!

  106. I would make some onesies for my son – with a mustache on it!

  107. Theresa J

    I want to make vinyl kitchen abel

  108. Angelica J.

    My first project would be nifty labels for everything in my home.

  109. Anna

    I would make stencils/decals to get moving though all my home projects I’ve put off!

  110. Rachel

    I’d make some fabric wall art for my new condo. :)

  111. Connie Haack

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

  112. aeti

    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

  113. I really want to cut out some fabric diver silhouettes to make a custom t-shirt for my husband. Thanks so much for sharing this great giveaway – I REALLY want to win!

  114. This looks fun, I would use this to create team shirts for our charity events.

  115. Chelsea r

    Onsies for my best friend who is due in September.

  116. Erika

    So many ideas. Wall art or a t-shirt!

  117. ellen casper

    Labels for my panry

  118. Whitney Baze

    I’d make pallet signs!

  119. beverly e

    I would love to make pillows for my porch swing!

  120. Aimee Kusina

    I would love to make shirts for my boys.

  121. Gayla Sikes

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

  122. Leslie Lucas

    New pillows for the front porch with street address on it!

  123. katherine

    Throw pillows with cool designs for summer!

  124. Amanda Forgey

    Fabric cutouts for some July 4th decor!

  125. Callie Sitek

    Monster onesie and decorations for my son’s 1st birthday! But I also want to make some wall art!

  126. Juli Fish

    I’d cute some vinyl sayings for my teenage daughter’s room re-do.

  127. She Fights Like a Girl

    I love doing appliqué sewing. This is just what I need!

  128. Kelly S.

    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!

  129. Laura

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

  130. Jillian

    I would love to make cups using vinyl.

  131. Chaoy

    I would love to make some animal onsies with fabric!

  132. Elizabeth M

    I’m really wanting to do wall decals and pillows

  133. Jean Bullock

    Embellishments for cards I make.

  134. I will make subway art!

  135. Sara D

    The first project would be some vinyl wall art but there would be lots of papercrafting to follow!

  136. Betsy Pratt

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

  137. Liz S.

    A stencil for some glass etching projects!

  138. Jen

    I would make big sister / little sister shirts.

  139. Shelley D.

    I want to make some vinyl quotes for my walls.

  140. Angela K

    Wow the possibilities are endless for the project list.

  141. Leticia Vasquez

    I would make onesies

  142. mary anne fields

    something beautiful for my sister’s new bedroom

  143. Rebekah Stockton

    I need to make a chore chart!

  144. Julia H

    I would make decorations for my classroom!

  145. KaySue

    Wall art for my entry way.

  146. despelucada

    I would make cards, a lot of beautiful cards :-D

  147. Jeanne J

    I’d love to try a fabric project-shirt for the new baby in the family

  148. Cheryl

    I would love to win one to use for my quilting!

  149. TammySue Davis

    I have been so wanting one but just not in the budget, would be so great to win.

  150. Jill

    make decorations for my sisters wedding!!

  151. I would label everything!

  152. Kay K

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

  153. cathy

    I would love to win this portrait :)

  154. cathy

    I would love to win this portrait :) thank you in advance…

  155. Lettering for sewing would be my first project.

  156. Glyness

    I would make appliqued owls for a new baby on the way!

  157. Christa Dunn (Krebs)

    I really want to be able to make some beautiful wall vinyl quotes for my walls!

  158. Paula Tarnaski

    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!!!!

  159. Laura Donohoo

    I would make banners, cards, onesies, and so much more! I would love to win!

  160. Julia Mooney

    Making appliques looks so fun! I would love to win one of these!

  161. 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!

  162. Stephanie O

    Onies for my twin nephews due in Oct.

  163. I think I would make some monogrammed tote bags for gifts for my sister’s upcoming wedding.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  164. Linda Armenti

    I would make a tshirt to wear to tennis with a cool saying on it.

  165. Pam M

    I would make some onesies for baby gifts.

  166. Jennifer Thompson

    Lot’s of Appliques crafts I’ve been wanting to try, love the pictures and shirt.Thanks!!!

  167. Emily

    Lots and lots of signs using vinyl!

  168. 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!

  169. Susan

    Just discovered your blog, love it. Also love the contest.

  170. nicole

    tshirt for my daughter!

  171. Woops, I forgot to add that I would use it for my scrapbooking LOs.

  172. I’d make some sort of decor for our nursery!

  173. Robin R

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

    Thank you! : )

  174. Cheryl Greenleaf

    Applique shapes for my next baby quilt.

  175. I would make a baby quilt with the kids name on it

  176. Meche

    My first project would be fabric appliques

  177. Becky Greene

    I would make a piece of subway art first.

  178. JenniferB

    I want to make a tshirt with word- Garden appliquéd on front

  179. Melanie Montgomery

    Im hosting my sisters baby shower, so I would make some décor.

  180. Robyn

    I would stencil a chevron pattern on everything.

  181. Vicky D

    Love to do something with the grandkids!

  182. Carmen

    Vinyl labels for my pantry

  183. Suzanne

    I would love to do some vinyl wall decorations.

  184. Misty Smith

    The first thing I would do is some vinyl wall art for my daughter’s room.

  185. I’d make a birthday banner out of fabric!

  186. renee smason

    I would make a vinyl project

  187. Chuck

    My wife would make vinyl letters for our children’s room.

  188. Laura

    I would make a personalized tote bag. How exciting. Thanks for doing the giveaway! :)

  189. Lyndi

    I would love to win this!

  190. If I were the lucky winner, I would start with making stencils. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  191. Renee St Laurent

    Epic shirts, wedding stuff, oh the possibilities!

  192. I would make a rustic welcome sign for the front of our house. I thought I would try just painting the letters, but then I remember how badly I suck at painting :)

  193. AMAZING giveaway and AMAZING product! Thank you for the chance to win!

  194. Ruth

    I think I would applique some Star Wars shirts for my boys. They are obsessed.

  195. Karen Chaplin

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

  196. Margilyne Williamson

    I would use it to cut fabric for t-shirts.

  197. Kristen

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

  198. Lisa

    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.

  199. Lizzie Roe

    Good Night, Sleep Tight signs for my guest room! :)

  200. Karen Propes

    I would make my Granddaughter a shirt, just bought a couple and would love this to assist me and make it so much easier. Thanks for this Fabulous giveaway.
    [email protected]

  201. Sarah

    I’d make some awesome wall art and some cool items for my nephews.

  202. Jennifer Verville

    An intricate floral gated invitation wrap for one of my friend’s wedding invitations!

  203. Lisa Marie

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! It’s incredible and I have a lot I could accomplish with it!

  204. Kathy M.

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

  205. Gina

    I would make some fabric art pillows

  206. Destiny

    I’ll make new house numbers for my mailbox.

  207. Kia

    I will make cute tshirts for my daughter

  208. Rebekah Woosley

    VBS crafts!

  209. Michelle S.

    Would love to make a design for a tshirt for my daughter to wear at camp.

  210. I would make some awesome cards!

  211. AmyP

    I’d make pillows for my new bedroom decorations.

  212. Suzie Bergquist

    I would make some fun shirt appliques for my kids to wear. They love crafting with me.

  213. NikkiK

    I would make stencils for cookies & dog appliques for my puppy’s t- shirts!

  214. Kati

    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!

  215. I would design a shirt for my daughter :)

  216. ten b

    i’d make a belle (Disney princess) tote for one of my nieces.

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