It's not easy. They are apparently averse to hearts and love. So I had to sort of sneak in the lovey-dovey part in the midst of a much more boyish motif - the skull and crossbones.
I changed the shape of the skull's eyes to be hearts. The heads of the bones are also sort of heart-shaped. I almost hoped Riley wouldn't notice. He did. He likes it anyway. Don't let his double-thumbs-down fool you.
Wanna make one? Here you go!
Love Skull Template - this is sized for Riley's 10/12 size shirt. Scale it down for smaller shirts.
Black knit fabric
Pins - lots and lots of pins
First, I traced the template onto the paper side of the freezer paper. I then ironed the freezer paper to my knit and cut the shape with the freezer paper still attached. This stabilizes the knit and keeps it from stretching and curling while you're cutting.
After I cut out the shapes, I pinned them to the shirt - no fusible was used here. I want the edges to curl up and be sort of rough looking once they are washed, and since knit won't fray, I didn't use any fusible web at all. Instead, I pinned. And pinned. And pinned. I pinned this thing to death to keep it from stretching or moving while I sewed it on.
Then, I just stitched it down. Go slow, and be prepared to turn the machine by hand. Stitch right over all those pins. It feels wrong, but if you don't, the knit stretches and shifts. Make sure to remember to stitch around the eyes and nose as well.
You're done! Find a model.
Make him model against his will.
Try to get him to smile unsuccessfully.
And be prepared to dodge snowballs once he's sick of modeling. (This one hit his baby brother. Oops.)