Cut-and-Stitch Star

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Cut-and-Stitch Star
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Using a swatch cut from an old T-shirt and a nifty technique called reverse appliqué, a shape is snipped out to reveal a burst of contrasting color behind it.

What you'll need

  • 2 T-shirts (one to wear, one to cut up)
  • Chalk
  • Sharp scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Embroidery floss and needle

How to make it

  1. On the shirt your child will wear, draw a star with the chalk. You can download and trace our 7-inch-star template.

  2. Cut-and-Stitch Star - Step 2

    Cut a square from the other tee; it should be large enough to cover the star with 2 inches to spare on all sides. Turn the tee inside out and pin the swatch as shown. Turn the tee right side out again.

  3. Cut-and-Stitch Star - Step 3

    Using a running stitch along the chalk lines, sew the swatch onto the shirt front. (We used white thread in the how-to photos for clarity.)

  4. Cut-and-Stitch Star - Step 4

    Pinch the center of the star and pull the shirt away from the swatch. Cut a slit, then cut out the star, leaving a 1/4-inch border inside the stitched lines.

  5. Turn the tee inside out, remove the pins, and trim the excess fabric from the swatch, leaving a 1/2-inch border outside the stitched lines.

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