LOVE Shirt Tutorial

**Note: This was one of the first posts on Craft Buds. I’ve updated it and re-posted in time for Valentine’s season since we only had a few followers when it was first posted!**


My sister visited this weekend and we decided to make her a shirt for Valentine’s Day based on the LOVE statue in Philadelphia. It was a fast and easy project with some homemade applique letters and a little stitching.



  1. To make the letters, iron Wonder-Under paper backed fusible web or something similar to the back of your fabric (we used Pellon 725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under Transfer Web).
  2. Trace the letters backwards onto Wonder-Under on the back of the fabric using a stencil of the letters. You can download the PDF of the letters for personal use here. If you have problems printing directly from Google docs, click the “Download original” button in the upper right corner of the PDF screen. Once the file is downloaded you should be able to open and print it.
  3. Cut out each letter, peel off the Wonder-Under backing and position the letters onto the shirt.
  4. Iron down the letters following the instructions on the Wonder-Under or the product you are using.
  5. Finish the shirt by doing a zig zag or similar stitch around each letter and project complete! You could skip doing the stitching but the shirt may not last as long because the letters could eventually peel off.

We found the plain long-sleeved gray shirt at Target in the men’s section. They had a variety of colors and they had a few in the boys section if you need a smaller size. Here’s a close up of the letters. We chose a navy quilting cotton for the L, V, and E. For the O we used a fabric with tiny forks, spoons and knives since my sister is well known for her fabulous baking creations. You can personalize with fabrics that coordinate with something you love, or go with a more traditional Valentine’s red/pink look. This would be a cute shirt for an adult or a child!


Online Quilting Class



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Are you looking to start your own craft blog? Maybe you're ready to upgrade to a self-hosted Wordpress blog. After trying other hosting companies, Craft Buds proudly uses Bluehost (affiliate link) for all of our hosting needs. It's super reliable, a great value (just a few dollars a month!) and easy to install Wordpress with one click. Get started in just 5 minutes or less!

  15 comments for “LOVE Shirt Tutorial

  1. January 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

    That turned out great! What a cute idea!
    You should join me for Handmade 52!

  2. January 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Cute idea, you get get a pile done for your kids :o)

  3. January 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    What a great idea!! My girls would love that!

  4. January 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Ah! That is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  5. January 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Great t-shirt!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. January 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    so fun! great idea for v-day! :) thanks for linking up to {sew} modern monday!

  7. January 24, 2012 at 12:43 am

    This is a really cute idea! Thanks for re-sharing it and putting up the templates for us to use!! : )

  8. January 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Do you think it would hold up without the fusible web and is that the same as fusible interfacing?

  9. Megan Loop
    January 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This is super cute. I have been thinking of making a sign like this. I’m stopping by from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. I hope you’ll come visit me.

  10. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe
    January 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Awesome-i always forgot to do it on the wrong side and then make mirror images by mistake:)

  11. January 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Definitely worth reposting. Thank you.

  12. February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    so darn cute! featuring it on tickled pink!

  13. February 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I just wanted to let you know I featured your LOVE shirt on Blissful and Domestic tonight. Stop by and grab a button:>

  14. February 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Happy Valentines day and thank you for sharing at my blog!

    Please be sure to visit my new “Learning Center” at

  15. candie ellis
    February 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love this… Very Cute Idea….

    Candie Ellis

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *