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I also added a roughly cut circle of lace to the layers, to bulk them out a little!
I glued the entire thing on the t-shirt with the 'wash and wear' glue, being careful not to put too much on so it didn't seep out the edges. I slid a craft mat inside the shirt too, so that the glue would not go through to the back either....(which I had no trouble with!!!!)
I was quite happy with the result, for a gift for christmas. One present down....heaps more to go!!!!!! LOL
EDITED TO ADD
Post washing troubleshooting........
Its always fun when you create something and it doesn't quite go the way you planned.......I washed this little shirt, just to see how it would fare......my first tip would be to hand wash any glue appliqued piece you create. Washing seems to be a little too rough.
In retrospect.....Fabric stiffener is NOT meant to be washed. It stiffens, then is meant to be left alone to stay stiff!!!! It did make it fabulous to run through the big shot, and that technique was great and I will do it again! Relying on it while washing though......not so much!
The Wash and Wear fabric glue......the base flowers stuck well, with just a very thin even layer of the glue. Where I piled on the glue heavily, when it was wet it became soggy and lifted off. So thin and evenly coated is the key to this product.
My next tip is nothing to do with product, but fabric cutting and die choice. I would NOT cut intricate cuts. where there were thin edges on my project, is where the fabric frayed all the way through in places. Leaving a bit of a mess. I would cut wide open shapes.....and next time I will add stitches here and there to hold securely.
I do plan to ressurrect this project, rather than bin it, as much has stayed in place, and I will add some hand stitching to the areas I noted had frayed. I will sew the buttons on, and this will hold the flowers together. On a good note.....washing made the fabric edges fray beautifully!!!! AND the flowers would look fabulous, if I had not used too much glue and had them fall apart.
So hopefully my mistakes and solves will make this project be successful for any one who wants to create something for Christmas. Like I said, I think it will work fine with the alterations I suggested, and I will continue to work on this project. I WILL give it to my niece for Christmas. LOL