Saturday, 28 May 2011

Customised t-shirt

Just a quick post today - I just had to come and show off my first attempt at customising clothes. I've been thinking about doing some applique on t-shirts for my son for ages but for some reason I thought that sewing on t-shirt fabric was tricky. I took the plunge last week and bought some 'ball point' needles for my sewing machine and a pack of plain t-shirts to 'play' with.

I decided to use a template I already had to hand - an elephant from the applique elephant cushion I made for Mothers' Day.  So I chose my fabrics and got to work with my template and some Bondaweb.

And ta-da!  Here is the finished t-shirt -

Isn't it sweet?  I thought the elephant on it's own looked like it needed 'something' so I added the water droplets.  The elephant and his ear have satin stitch around them and the droplets just have a single line stitch just inside the edge of the fabric.  I've also added a button for the eye.

My applique around the elephant isn't perfect but for my first attempt, I'm very pleased! 

I'm really glad I found a tip over on Sew, Mama, Sew! where it suggests ironing fusible stabiliser to the back of the fabric where you'll be doing the applique.  I didn't have fusible stabiliser however, so I just ironed some thin interfacing on and it held the t-shirt fabric together making it easier to sew onto.

I've got another t-shirt planned too - a personalised one!  All cut out and ready to sew during tomorrow's nap-time.

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  1. came here from craft envy's party because i say this cute elephant! it reminds me of my son's pottery barn alphabet soup bedding from when he was little... **sniff sniff** thanks for the memories! it's tooo cute! andiejaye @

  2. It looks great, I love elephants! Very professional looking as well! :) x

  3. This is so adorable! I love the water, such a cute touch.

  4. Hello, I'm coming over from SewHappyGeek's linky. The shirt looks great! So cute!

  5. This turned out so cute!! Can't wait to have kids to make things like this for! ;)
    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!


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