Friday, March 25, 2011

Super T Shirt with Cape {Tutorial}

Now, for my second, Lets Hear It for the Boy, t shirt project. My original thought was to make a Superman shirt, but then I decided to personalize it. My sons name is Tristan, but everyone calls him T. So, it seemed fitting to make him a Super T shirt. 


Shirt: ($2.99 Hobby Lobby)

Knit Fabric: ($9.99 yd. at Joanns. I used two colors. You could use old t shirts if you have the right colors.)

Embroidery Floss: ( .39cents each I used two colors)

Embroidery Hoop: (Optional)

Velcro: ( $1.50 pack of 3 squares Hobby Lobby)

Personalized letter: ( I just freehanded a block letter and cut it out)

Coordinating thread, Scissors, and Sewing Machine

My first step was pinning the letter to my fabric and cutting it out. I cut the bottom fabric a little bigger than the letter pattern, and cut my top fabric the same size as the pattern. 

Next, I pinned and straight stitched around both letter layers. I have only used knits a few times, but I love that they don't fray. 

The next step is a fun little addition to the applique. It is optional, if you just want to sew it and leave it. I just thought it made the applique pop. For this step I used two embroidery floss colors, and my embroidery hoop to stabilize it while sewing. I got the floss idea from Dana over at MADE which you can find here.

To make the cape, I cut the knit the length and width of the shirt. To make it look more like a cape and not a square, I cut around the shoulders and neck. Again, using knit was nice for this project, because I didn't have to hem all around the cape. 

I wanted to be able to take the cape off for washing, so I used velcro. You could just sew it on if you prefer, I just found this easier. 

I decided to add a little floss to the bottom corners of the cape. I just thought it looked cute. 

I hope you enjoyed my last two boy projects. I hope to have more soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you have any questions please leave them in my comments and I will try my best to help.

Batman T Shirt with Tie and Suspenders {Tutorial}

In my next two posts I will be sharing two fun boy t shirt ideas. If you are a regular follower you know I have only posted a few boy ideas, and that has always bothered me. My poor little guy doesn't get as much hand made stuff as my daughter. So, when I saw the Lets Hear It for the Boys contest over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar, I was instantly motivated.

The first shirt I thought I would try was the Batman with a tie applique and suspenders. It's fun, different, and very simple. I have a tendency to use lots of pictures for my tutorials, so bare with me.


T shirt: (I used black from Hobby Lobby $2.99)

Batman Fabric: (1/2 yd - 1yd Joanns $8.99 yd I was able to get mine 30% off)

1 yd of ribbon: (I used coordinating grosgrain yellow)

D rings: ($1.99 4pk at Joanns)

Steam a Seam

Tie Pattern: (I have a printable pattern below for a size 2T. You can shrink it or make it larger with your printer.)

Coordinating Thread, Scissors, Iron, and Sewing Machine

After getting my tie pattern cut out I used the negative version to line up where I wanted to cut. As you can see in the above photo, I wanted to the bat and the word Batman to be on the tie. When I was happy with the placement I used my rotary cutter to cut it out.

When I had my tie cut out, I was ready to place it on my shirt. I also took my yard of ribbon and cut it in half for the suspenders. I did have to trim a little at the bottom the make it even with the shirt. I used Steam A Seam to hold the tie and ribbon in place for sewing. You can use the full sheets or the strips. I had both, but either would work for this project.

Before ironing on the ribbon, I placed my D rings under the ribbon. I then ironed on the ribbon and the tie.

Next, I cut strips of fabric to place over my ribbon. This is optional, you can just leave the ribbon. I just liked the idea of having the words Batman down the suspenders. I then folded the edges, placed Steam A Seam on them and ironed them on the ribbon.

My last step is to sew it all together. The Steam A Seam will hold it all together if you don't want to sew it, I just like the looks of the sewing. I used a straight stitch down the edges of the suspenders, and a zig zag stitch around the tie.

*Note: Be cautious of sewing around the D rings. I sewed up to the ring, stoped, then cut threads and started again. You will break a needle sewing over them.

Now you have a fun shirt, that I'm sure your little man will love. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. If you have any questions, please leave them in my comment. I will help any way I can.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reverse Stencil Tutorial

I decided to try my hand at something new... art. I am no artist but I recently saw a reverse stencil on Homemade By Jill, and thought I would give it a try. The possibilities are endless with this project. At first I was going to use the bird from my Storybook Cricut cartridge, and cut it out in vinyl. Then I decided I liked the bird from Picnik better. There I go again with my love for Picnik. Since I couldn't print that with my vinyl, I did it the old fashioned way. I printed it off, cut it out, and taped it to my canvas. I know that doesn't sound very artistic, but it works.

You only need a few supplies for this project:
Canvas (Whatever size you want)
Foam brushes
Paint (you only need one if you don't mind a white background)
Mod Podge (Optional)

Since I am using to colors, I started by painting the whole canvas blue. Let it dry completely before your next step.

After your first round of paint dries. You are ready for the next step. I put the bird I used for my project above. If you are not familiar with Picnik, you can save it to your computer, and print it. I wanted the sides of my canvas to be the same as the bird, so I used painters tape all around the edges. I used painters tape to tape the bird, but the legs were a little trickier. I had to hold them down and paint over them slowly. You will get paint on your fingers, but acrylic paint comes off easily.

Next, I painted the over the bird in brown. Before it dried I peeled the bird off, and the painters tape around the edges. Now I have a cute little art piece, that was very simple to do.


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