Friday, March 25, 2011

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.


  1. Wow! I just love this shirt!! :)

  2. What a cool idea - thanks for sharing it!

  3. This is an awesome shirt. How did you sew on just the top layer of the shirt? Did you open the sides? I just want to be sure I am not missing any other cool tricks :). Thank you for posting this.

  4. Cute, thanks for the pattern. :)

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