Racecar Applique T-shirt

Racecars are no longer just for play; rev up a plain T-shirt with his favorite toy.


What You Need

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  • Mottled dark blue fabric
  • Blue swirl print fabric
  • Navy blue dot fabric
  • Solid black, gray, and yellow fabric scraps
  • Metallic blue and silver fabric paints
  • Lightweight or heavyweight fusible web
  • Fabric stabilizer
  • Machine-embroidery thread to match the appliques
  • T-shirts

Download the Pattern 1

Download the Pattern 2

Cut Your Fabrics

  • From mottled dark blue, cut: 1 each of Racecar Patterns A and J
  • From blue swirl print, cut: 1 each of Racecar Patterns B and F
  • From navy blue dot, cut: 1 each of Racecar Patterns C, D, E, G, H, and K
  • From solid black, cut: 1 each of Racecar Patterns I, L, and N
  • From solid gray, cut: 1 each of Racecar Patterns M and O
  • From solid yellow, cut: 1 each of Racecar Patterns P, Q, R, S, T, U, and V

Preparing the Applique

Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in specific shirt instructions, leaving at least 1/2 inch between tracings.

To prepare appliques with regular edges, cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1/4 inch outside traced lines. Following manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto backs of assorted fabric scraps as indicated in specific shirt instructions. Let cool, then cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines; peel off paper backings to make appliques.

To prepare appliques with raggy edges, cut out each fusible-web shape 1/4 inch inside the traced lines. Following manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto backs of assorted fabric scraps as indicated in specific shirt instructions, leaving at least 1/2 inch between fusible-web shapes. Let cool, then cut out fabric shapes about 1/4 inch beyond the edges of the fusible-web shapes; peel off paper backings to make appliques.

How to Make It

  1. Working in alphabetical order, arrange all applique pieces on front of red T-shirt. Fuse in place following manufacturer's directions; let cool.
  2. If using lightweight fusible web, stitch around edges of each piece with a narrow zigzag or blanket stitch.
  3. Referring to photograph Painting Diagram in the downloadable pattern packet, apply metallic blue and silver fabric paints to appliques for hubcaps, headlights, fog lights, and highlights on car body.
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