DIY Star Applique T-Shirt

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Learn how to add a DIY star applique to a t-shirt with a simple rag edge. This is an easy sewing project that’s perfect for summer and the 4th of July.

Sometimes I need a simple and easy sewing project to satisfy the need the create. One of my favorite ways to do this is to add an applique to a t-shirt.

I love that with some scrap fabric and a little bit of sewing I can create a whole new look for a t-shirt. This star applique is easy to sew because it has a rag edge which leaves the egdes raw and frayed.

wash and dry t-shirt

With this project the two layers of fabric create a unique look. It’s almost like the edge of the star is spreading out like a firework. I used a red, white, and blue look, but any colors of fabric can be used for a different look.

This is how much it frayed after one time of washing and drying. It will continue to fray as it gets washed again and again.

edges frayed and curled

Do you love fun and easy sewing projects? Try one of these:

wear your new t-shirt

DIY Star Applique T-Shirt


  • t-shirt
  • two different colors of scrap fabric 12 inches by 12 inches – I used red and blue
  • Optional: tricot interfacing
  • sewing tools
  • sewing machine
t-shirt applique supplies

Measure the space across the front of the t-shirt to decide on the size. My t-shirt is a medium child size, and I did 10 inches wide and 10 inches tall. Remember 1 inch of the star will be the frayed part on each side.

Draw out the star on the back of the fabric that will be in the back. Cut it out. Don’t worry if the points are perfectly sharp.

cut out large red star

Cut the front star out making it 1/8 inch smaller than the back star. Don’t worry if the points are perfectly sharp.

cut out smaller blue star

Here is my blue star on top of my red star. My points aren’t perfect and the blue star is a little too big in some sections. The rag edge is very forgiving.

Optional: iron a piece of lightweight interfacing to the back of the t-shirt where you are going sew the star.

place blue star over red star

Pin the two stars onto the front of the t-shirt. Make sure it’s centered and about 1 inch below the neckband.

pin stars onto t-shirt

Sew about the edge of the star 1/2 inch from the edge of the front star. I had to put my guide onto my sewing machine foot to help me get it right.

sew around star 1/2" from edge

When I got to each point of the star I sewed a straight line out to the point to get closer to the edge.

stitching will come to a line at every point

Clip up to the stitching every 1/2 inch all the way around the star. I would start at the inner point and clip out to the outer point.

cut through outer edge every 1/2"

Throw the t-shirt in the washer and dryer to get the edges all soft and frayed.

edges frayed and curled

Enjoy the t-shirt for the summer or the 4th of July!

wear your new t-shirt

If you make a DIY star applique t-shirt using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Star Applique T-Shirt
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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