My name is Beckie and I blog over at Infarrantly Creative, Knock off Décor, and the recently launched Roadkill Rescue. Have you started sewing up a storm yet with all these rockin’ tutorials here on STML?


Well I haven’t done a sewing project in a while so I was excited to dust off my machine and do a simple one for you today. I call it my Ransom Note Sweatshirt.


Who doesn’t love something with their name on it? This would be a great gift for anyone on your list this year. This project is simple and takes less than an hour to complete plus uses recycled t-shirts.

Supplies for Monogrammed Sweatshirt

Old t-shirts with words on it

sewing machine

coordinating thread

Wonder Under



ironing board

How to make a Ransom Note Sweatshirt

1. Before you give all those old t-shirts to Goodwill grab out some of the ones that have wording on it.

pile of t-shirts (1)

2. Decide what you want the back of your shirt to say. I used both my first and last names on the ones I did. Start cutting out the letters and laying them out to see how they look.


3. Using different fonts, sizes and colors line up your letters to your liking until you have all the letters cut out for your word or name.


4. Cut out small rectangles of Wonder Under and iron it (textured side touching the t-shirt letter) onto the back of your letters. Slowly peel off the backing.DSC_0152


5. Arrange the letters onto the back of a sweatshirt (face up) and put a press cloth over them and then iron over the press cloth. This will heat up the Wonder Under and allow the letters to stick while you sew around them.


6. Using coordinating or contrasting thread (your choice!) sew around each letter.


This is a fun birthday or baby shower gift too. How about a ransom note onesie?




Thanks Cindy for asking me to be a part of this series. I have over 200 tutorials on my site if you want to check them out. There are a ton of gift ideas to inspire you. Here are a couple to check out.

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  1. First let me say that I love your blog and have been following you for a while now. Although I think the idea of a ransom note sweatshirt is cool, it is not cool to put a child’s name on anything they wear. It makes it very easy for a child predator to call your children making the child think that the predator knows them. My husband is in law enforcement and is very aware of the tricks child predators use. Maybe you could use the ransom technique and write something like “cool dude” instead. I’m not bashing your idea at all, just making you aware. Hugs.

  2. love the sweatshirt. At our thrift store they do stuff a bag for $8 – I think I will be hitting the t shirt section!

  3. Love it! I’ve been using old t-shirts for others projects. I will have to stop just to start saving letters!

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