A one point in time the tourism bureau used the saying, “Ohio the Heart of it all.” So I guess this saying was the inspiration for the shirt. My daughter saw a shirt similar to this one on Etsy and wanted one to wear to the Buckeye’s tailgate party. I started by cutting the Ohio image out of freezer paper with my Cricut using the cartridge, “50 states.” I cut several sizes using the “real dial size” and settled on 4 1/2 for the final product.
To get the freezer paper to adhere to the mat, I used my brayer to get the waxy side to stick.
I cut the image out of an old black t-shirt (I think her brother left it here, sorry Kris it now has a big hole in it). She then wanted me to add a small heart @ were Columbus would be on the map. I did a machine blanket stitch around the heart.
I then had her try the shirt on and I marked the placement with pins. I practiced stitching one on an old paint shirt of mine and decided it needed something under it to stabilize the shirt while stitching. I didn’t have any stabilizer, so I ironed on a piece of freezer paper and that worked great.
The freezer paper was ironed onto the inside of the shirt.
I don’t know if you can really see from the picture, but the rust colored shirt stretched when it was stitched without using the freezer paper under the stitching. The gray and white striped shirt went on without stretching. You will notice the small gray square inside the shirt. This shirt was originally from The Gap, but was sold at our local discount store we call “Gabe’s” for $1.99. I think the result came out great for $1.99. Happy sewing!!
We tried to get the Ohio image a little to the left and a little high so that we did not create a “bull’s-eye” with the heart.