DIY Applique Shirt for St. Patrick’s Day

Do you have your green ready to wear for Saint Patrick’s Day? Here’s a super easy DIY applique shirt you can make for your child to wear. It literally can be done in less than an hour and is even perfect for the most beginner of sewers. (I promise!)

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DIY Shamrock Shirt for Kids (Super Easy Tutorial!) from Buggy and Buddy

DIY Applique Shirt for St. Patrick’s Day

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Materials for Applique Shamrock Shirt for Kids


Directions for Making Shamrock Shirt for Kids

  • Make sure you wash and dry your plain shirt and the fabric you will be using. This will keep it from shrinking and possibly shifting  in future washes. Also, iron both the shirt and fabric after washing and drying.
  • Find a shape you want to put on your shirt. I googled shamrock images and found ones I liked here.


Now it’ s time to attach the applique to your shirt. I basically followed the directions exactly from my double stick fusible web packaging.

  • Trace your shamrock onto the paper liner. There are two paper liners. One is really easy to pull off and one isn’t. Be sure to trace it onto the one that is NOT easy to pull off.


trace shamrock onto fusible webbing

  • After tracing your image, pull off the paper liner that IS easy to pull off and stick it to the wrong side of the fabric you’ll be using for your applique.

stick webbing to fabric

  • Now your fabric is sticking to the fusible web. Cut out your design.

cut out shamrock

  • Pull off the remaining sheet of paper liner (the one you had traced on. Place your shamrock on your shirt where you will want it permanently.

peel of backing You now have your fabric stuck to your shirt almost like a sticker.

shamrock on shirt

  • Iron it for 15-20 seconds.

iron onto shirt


You can leave it as is if you’d like. I wanted to add some stitching around it just to make it look more finished and to really keep it secure over time. I chose to hand stitch mine because I am not confident in my ability to sew curves nicely with my sewing machine.

I used embroidery thread and did a straight stitch around the design using two of the six strands of floss. (Here’s a visual tutorial and a video tutorial for doing the straight stitch). I put the area I was stitching in a hoop, threaded the floss through the needle, tied a knot in the end of the thread and stitched around the entire design.


stitching shamrock onto shirt


I then tied it off with a knot and cut off the extra floss.


Shamrock Applique


After sewing around the edge you are ready to let your little one wear it!


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  1. Super cute! Love the stitched detail at the end. Looks great.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.


  2. This is super cute! I love Steam-A-Seam 2 for appliques. I’ve also learned to dab a littel Fray Check around the edges of the applique before sewing it on will keep it looking crisp through many washes. I’m pinning this to make for my daughter even though she’s only 1/8th Irish. Her Mamaw will love it! I might need to make three for all three granddaughters.

  3. This is such a cute idea!! I think I’m gonna need to go shopping for some supplies!! Visiting you from TGIF at Living Life Intentionally! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Super cute! I’ll have to look for Steam a Seam packs– makes the whole process so easy!

  5. Very cute and a great way to dress up a plain shirt!

  6. Cute! Great tutorial. I need the step by step stuff. Yours turned out great.

  7. Adorable! So festive and fun! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays this week!!

  8. Super cute!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! Blessings!!

  9. So cute! Thanks for sharing this on Tuesday Tots. I’m featuring it this week on Learn with Play at home. Have a great day 🙂

  10. Super Sweet Craft,
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.
    I hope to see you again this week for some more amazing fun 🙂

  11. Hi! I’m cohosting Mom’s library this week and I featured your shirt!

  12. Adorable!! I love it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  13. This is lovely. I love the colours – green is my eldest’s favourite. My sewing skills might even be up to it!


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