Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts

Crafter Thoughts: T-Shirt Refashioning

How to move the print from an old T-Shirt to a new one.When we went to Scandinavia this summer, I picked up a cute burn out t-shirt from Finland. After we got home, I think I wore it twice and then something bad happened. I'd like to say it was my husband's fault, but I am completely to blame.

I did not follow the washing instructions. As a fiber enthusiast, I should have known better. After a trip through the dryer, the burnout shirt was basically see through except for the printed area. Then it hung it my closet, unwearable for months.

Luckily, I have a couple blog friends (Lisa from Cucicucicoo and Agy from Green Issues by Agy) who frequently post about mending and altering textiles. So I thought I would do a little t-shirt refashioning of my own.

I hang my head in shame as I show you my burned out burn out. :( Luckily, I found a plain blue shirt ready to be spruced up with a new look.
I started by cutting out the printed area on the old shirt leaving a couple inches around the printed area.
Next I applied a lightweight, fusible interfacing to the back side of the image. This is a good thing to do any time you are going to cut up a t shirt. It stabilizes the area and keeps it from fraying.
Then, I cut out the image.

I had a bit of Pellon Wonder Web in my sewing stash and decided to use it to fuse the image to my new shirt.

I cut the Wonder Web slightly smaller than the image because the web tends to spread out a little as it melts.
Next, I positioned my image on the new shirt with the Wonder Web between the image and the front of the new shirt.

Pro Tip - When you are placing an image onto a shirt, a good rule of thumb is that the top of the image should be 3-4 finger widths from the bottom of a rounded neck line.
With the help of a press cloth and my iron, the image was fused to the new shirt in seconds.

Theoretically, I could have stopped there. The Wonder Web should hold the image and shirt together.
But I wanted to add my own little personal touch, so I grabbed a needle and some embroidery floss and did a blanket stitch around the outer edge of the image and a simple backstitch on one of the inner borders.
I am so happy I was able to save my vacation souvenir and refashion it into a wearable shirt.

How to move the logo or image from a worn tee shirt onto a new shirt or bag.

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Sewing Tutorial: Teddy Bear Onesie

Sewing Tutorial: How to personalize a baby Onesie with a cookie cutter appliqueI'm in the process of putting together a baby shower gift for my sister-in-law who is expecting baby #3. Of course, I knit an afghan, that's kind of my thing. I want to include a couple other little treats for the baby, as well.

Now it's been a long time since my girl was a baby. As memory serves, one of the essentials in our diaper bag was a clean Onesie. As a new mommy, I didn't have much time for personalizing such items for my daughter. Perhaps I was too sleep deprived. However, as an aunt, I have plenty of time to brighten up a basic five-pack of Onesies with some crafty TLC.

My first idea, applique!



So, you may be looking at my materials list going, "Huh! Why would you need a cookie cutter for a sewing project?" Here's my crafting secret. Cookie cutters make great templates for applique. Even better, you probably have a stash of them buried in your cupboard somewhere. I used a teddy bear that is about 4-inches tall, but just about any simple shape will work.

Make a pattern by tracing your cookie cutter onto a piece of paper. Too tricky to trace? Tap the cutter onto a stamp pad and "stamp" the image onto your paper.

Tip: If you don't have a cookie cutter handy, there are tons of line drawings available on the internet.
Use an iron to fuse the interfacing to the back of your fabric.
Pin the paper pattern to your fabric.
Cut around the pattern.
Position the fabric piece onto the Onesie and pin.
Finally, blanket stitch, around your fabric with tiny stitches.
Here's a quick refresher on how to Blanket Stitch.

Applique: How to Blanket Stitch

Pulling this little Onesie out of the diaper bag is sure to make any mom smile.

Sewing Tutorial: How to personalize a baby Onesie with a cookie cutter applique

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Tutorial: Mascot Mouse Ears

Tutorial: Let your favorite mascot show their Disney side with some easy to make, felt Mickey Mouse earsIn Tucson, the rodeo is a big deal. There are nine days of rodeo fun, a parade, and all of the kids in Tucson get two days off from school for rodeo break. Seriously.

The official name for the event is "La Fiesta de los Vaqueros" which many Tucsonans translate as "Since the kids are out of school, let's go to Disneyland!" A few years ago, my daughter and I traded our cowboy hats for mouse ears and jumped on the Disneyland bandwagon.

Of course Disneyland is fun anytime, but I love it over rodeo break because we run into so many of our friends and neighbors while we're there. I guess it really is a small world. The Tucsonans at Disneyland are easy to spot too, because we're all wearing our University of Arizona Wildcat gear.

Here's how my Wilbur Wildcat shows his Disney side.


  • mascot shirt
  • ruler
  • paper
  • black felt
  • scissors
  • needle and thread


Start by measuring your mascot to get an idea of what size mouse ears he'll need.
There are plenty of Mickey Mouse line drawings available online. You may need to print them in a couple sizes until you find the one that one that fits perfectly.
Cut out your paper template and let your mascot try it on.
Once you find the perfect fit, use your paper pattern as a template to cut mouse ears out of felt.
Place the felt ears and hand stitch around to secure them to your shirt. Then, they can be easily removed later.

Since we are a house divided, we decided to invite Sparky along for some Disney fun, too.

Tutorial: Let your favorite mascot show their Disney side with some easy to make, felt Mickey Mouse ears

Happy Rodeo Break!

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Sock Monkey Christmas Stockings

Custom sock monkey Christmas stockings for Our Epic Sock Monkey ChristmasMy friend Jacquelyn is in the process of planning an Epic Sock Monkey Christmas. She's going all out for this event. Think sock monkey ornaments, decorations and even an inflatable for the front yard. A few months ago she asked if I would be willing and able to make a Christmas tree skirt for the occasion. I had a great time coming up with a knit pattern for the epic celebration.

Her family was so pleased with the tree skirt she asked if I could make some Christmas stockings as well. I love unique custom projects so I just couldn't say no. This time, instead of knitting, I decided to try something new, applique. I know how to use a sewing machine, so how hard could it be?

I have made Christmas stockings before decided to use one of my basic Christmas Stocking patterns that I shared here on the blog last winter.

Next, I sketched out a pattern for the monkey faces on my computer using Paint. It's not very high tech, but it worked.

I have seen a fabric setting on my Silhouette Cameo, but have never used it before and thought this would be a great time to give it a try. I was able to use the trace feature to create each of my pattern pieces.

I ironed interfacing onto the back of my fabrics then used my Cameo to cut out each piece.

Then I used a narrow zig zag stitch to attach the smile to the monkey's snout,

his snout onto his head,

and finally I gave him some eyes.

Then my project started going south. I attached the monkey's head to the stocking and it just looked blah. All the fabrics I had chosen were solids and the stocking looked really bland even with the little hat and scarf I had knitted. I thought maybe I could add some dimension to improve things, so I filled the monkey's face with a bit of stuffing. Poor thing looked like he had a bad case of the mumps. (I took pictures of all of this, but when I resigned myself to the fact that I needed to redo my work I deleted my pictures in a moment of frustration.)

I was clearly in Stage 4 of my Six Stages of Crafting, Frustration and Anxiety, and the entire project went into a dark corner for a few days.

After a lot of deep breathing and a trip to Jo-Ann, I resumed the project with focus and determination.

This time the combination of fabrics I chose were perfect! I repeated the applique process, attached the hats and scarves, finished the stockings, wrapped them up and delivered them to Jacquelyn. Her reaction? Happily, she was quite pleased to add the stockings to her collection and even blogged about them a couple hours after we met.

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