I’ve always been the (self-proclaimed) New England hype girl. It’s more than a small, corner of the country, it’s a state of mind. There’s nothing more soothing than my feet in front of a wood burning stove or the smell of chimney smoke in crisp autumn or the salty breath of the sea. Time is best spent driving down narrow dirt paved lanes looking at wooden houses, each one more unique and charming than the next. . I could write a thousand page love letter to the one region of the world that will always be home.
I could go on with my poetic ramblings but we’ll get more to the point. Hometowns (or whole regions) are important not only because it’s where we grow up, but because of the memories that originate there – which is why I’m proud to boast a “New England” t-shirt. I’m not usually one for graphic tees because I can never settle on one quote that is both original and personal – which is exactly where this DIY inspiration finds it’s roots. For this project, I used scrap velvet to create a letterman style print, pairing well with the NE vibe.
In order to make this shirt, you’ll need :
Velvet (1/8 yard will work)
Heat and Bond (Red Package Ultra Hold)
A Steady Hand or your hometown own hometown stencil
- Cut your Heat and Bond to the same size as your scrap velvet.
- Turn the iron on the appropriate setting (in this case “synthetic” to make sure you don’t burn or melt any material). With the velvet side against the ironing board, place the clear (or none paper side) down on the fabric. The wrong side of the velvet (non-fuzzy) should be against the clear of the heat bond. Iron the Heat and Bond to the fabric (you should be placing the heat on paper). Press for 30 seconds-1 minute.
- Draw your letters on the paper – make sure you are drawing them backwards – or else it won’t look right when you peel that backing and apply the shirt. Another (easier) way to make your stencil is to get the appropriate font on Microsoft Word and inverting it (this video helps).
- Once your letters are traced – cut them out. Peel off the backing your letters (if you held the heat long enough it should just peel off like a sticker).
- Arrange unpeeled letters on your shirt (Sometimes using a book edge helps keep the wording level). Put down wax paper or another piece of thin fabric (another shirt would work) & press the letters onto the shirt. Since the velvet is thick it takes a lot of time and gentle heat to press the letters on.
If you have trouble with this DIY or want me to post a video – please leave a comment & I’d be happy to help!
Happy hometown-ing !