Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Robot Love Valentine's Shirt

Boys deserve Valentine's Day goodies too!

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First of all, everything that could go wrong making this onesie DID, in fact, go wrong. My fusible failed and didn't stick to my onesie, my machine tension is all messed up and so my stitches look like crap, and Sawyer just learned to crawl yesterday and so most of my photos look like this:

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and this:

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I'm sharing with you despite these flaws because valentine's ideas for boys are so scarce! I'm hoping to finish valentine's shirts for Quinn and Riley this week as well, so stay tuned for those. 

To make this shirt you need:
Robot fabric (I used Kona Ash)
Embroidery thread in red and black
Fusible web of your choice

First, I traced the template onto the the backing paper of my fusible (I used some sort of Heat 'n Bond). Then I fused it onto the Kona Ash and cut out my pieces.

Embroider the face, using black embroidery thread. I just did little dots for the eyes and used a backstitch to make the smile.

Using the body piece, I embroidered the outline of a heart. Then I ran thread underneath those outline stitches to create a raised effect.

 Oh hey, ignore my ragged edged applique, okay? Thanks! You should cut yours really straight so your edges look nice and pretty!

After I was done, it looked like this:


Finally, fuse your robot to your shirt and stitch around the edge of each piece. I used a straight stitch, but you could do a zig-zag as well.

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One down, two more to go...

22 comments:

  1. How adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love the robot idea! Very boy-ish, and very Valentines! Even though everything went wrong it still came out cute.

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  3. Super, super cute onesie! And he looks thrilled with himself and his crawling - what a sweetie!

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  4. It looks great -- but I know how frustrating it can get when things go wrong!! As for Sawyer...he's adorable. (From both ends --lol)

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  5. Well, isn't he just the cutest...the onesie is pretty darn cute too! :)

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  6. Very cute! You are right, there are few Valentines ideas for boys. Guess it's more for the girls. Maybe they will learn some tips and tricks from dad eh?!!!

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  7. Super cute. I made one kinda like this last year only used felt for the robot. I love the addition of the hand embroidered heart. I've got a stenciled Viking edition coming up later this week over at my blog.

    http://boyohboyohboycrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. so, dumb question, but how do you machine sew on something that is so small? wouldn't the back scrunch up and change the tension on the front?

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  9. Found you at The Leaky B@@b and loving your blog! I crochet but want to get into other crafts. And YAY for boys! I have one, with another on the way!

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  10. So cute....and the shirt, too! ;)

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  11. I made one for my son who is about to be 4. I was looking at this thinking it was too cute, he saw the pics and said he HAD to have one, so now he does! I put pics of what mine came out like w/ link backs to your site (2 for the main site, 2 for the robot love tute) if you want to see :) I made sure to give proper credit!!! :) Thanks so much for sharing, you have helped make my lil mane one happy kiddo!

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  12. I love the onesie. It is almost as cute as the little guy wearing it!

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  13. Making matching onesie/shirt for my boys...7 months and 4 years. :) So cute!

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  14. I love this! Probably the best boy valentine craft I've seen this year.

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  15. Cute outfit - and cute model! :)

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  16. This is, oh my! So, so cute. And I have an 18-month old who is currently obsessed with robots. Thank you!

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  17. Thanks for sharing! This is the cutest little robot applique. I used it to make my nephew a tshirt to wear for his 1st birthday party, which was robot themed. You can see it on my blog over at Craft Anyway!

    http://craftanyway.blogspot.com/2011/11/olivers-birthday.html

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  18. I love this and used your template to create my son and stepson's shirts for V-Day with fabric paint. Thanks for sharing!! You can see my version here:
    http://fairlycrafty.areavoices.com/2012/01/20/boys-can-wear-valentines-day-shirts-too/

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  19. This is beyond adorable! I pinned this so I can make on for my little girl's spring wardrobe!

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  20. Thank you so much for the tutorial, I made one for my little guy and I love it!
    http://onourlane.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/robot-love/

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  21. Thanks for another great boy tutorial! Shared at: https://www.threadbias.com/projects/valentine-s-day-robot-shirt

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  22. This is a great project! Thanks for the inspiration. I wish I knew why all my embroidery stitches look better on the back side?

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