Clockwise from top right: Simple Sweatshirt, Paper Airplane Shirt, Mama's Boy Hat and Urban Hoodie, Zipped Up Urban Hoodie, Reversible Car Hoodie
Clockwise from top right: Mini-Boden Knock-Off Pants, Headphone Hat, Dino Spike Pattern, Robot Love Onesie, Ohio Stencil Onesie, Baby-In-The-Hood, School Colors Beanie
I've also been known to make a bag or two (hey, mamas need somewhere to store all those Hot Wheels I am constantly lugging around!).
Supplies for appliqués:
Brown fabric scrap
Knit fabric scraps of your choice
Gold and black fabric paint
First, grab your boring old shirts. I got these at Target on clearance for practically nothing.
I can never find a good, solid colored shirt without a pocket, so I always rip them off.
But don't throw your pockets away! We'll use them again later.
Now grab a pair of scissors, and if your shirt is long-sleeved, cut those sleeves off about halfway down.
Next, cut open the sleeve portion you just removed at the seam. We're going to use it as our template for the contrasting sleeve.
Using the old sleeve as your guide, cut a new piece of fabric for the contrasting sleeve, leaving enough seam allowance on the bottom for a hem, on the sides to sew the sleeve together, and about an inch at the top.
Set your sleeves aside for just a second.
Remember that pocket we ripped off? Let's sew it back on the top of the sleeve. It is way cuter and more interesting there. Don't want a pocket on the sleeve? That's ok - these pockets work great on toys, in jackets, on comfy knit pants, wherever you need a pocket! Don't throw them away!
I found that it worked best to sew from the bottom middle point on the pocket out to the top, and then start at the middle again and sew up the other side. The sleeve on my 12 month size shirt was just too small to maneuver all the way around from one side to the other. However, on the 3T size I did, I started at one corner and sewed around to the other and it was perfectly fine.
Ok, grab those sleeves again. Starting at the top edge, sew the sleeve right sides together for about an inch - not the entire length of the sleeve! You need the sleeve seam to be mostly open to sew it to the main shirt. Having that seam mostly open makes life easier because you can move the fabric around instead of having to sew inside a long tiny tube.
Now is the time to hem the bottom edge of the sleeve if you aren't using an existing hem from another shirt sleeve.
Grab your shirt, and press the raw edge of the sleeve in about 3/4 inch.
Now pin your contrasting sleeve in to the shirt, making sure to match up the seam of the shirt sleeve with the open edge of the contrasting sleeve (where you will sew the sleeve together later).
Sewing from the inside of your sleeve, sew your new contrasting sleeve to the shirt, making sure to catch the sleeve edge you pressed under in your seam.
Look at that! You're almost done! Your sleeve is attached...
Now just sew up the inside of the contrasting sleeve,
You're done! Now, I think these are pretty darn cute just like this, but if you want to pirate them up a bit, we can do that too!
For the treasure chest, we are going to stencil in layers. Need a freezer paper stenciling tutorial? Dana has a great one right here.
So, print the template right on to the dull side of a piece of freezer paper. Iron it on to a brown fabric scrap (I used brown tweed, which I am sure will not wash well, but looked cute!).
Stencil the gold sections first.
Then repeat with the black sections, after the gold section dries. I somehow missed photographing this step, but I think you guys can figure it out. After the paint is dry, fuse some double-sided fusible web to the back, cut out the chest, fuse it to your shirt and stitch down. I also chose to stencil the words "Shake Your Booty" along with my pirate chest.
Want the skull pirate? Grab the template and trace or print onto freezer paper. I use knit fabric for this appliqué, and no fusible at all. However, I love using the freezer paper to stabilize the knit while I cut.
I also added the little pirate rag-hat thing (what are those called?) just by re-tracing the curve of the head and making some little leaf shapes out to the side.
Pin that pirate skull down and sew.
Guess what? You're totally done! Find some amazingly cute boys to model your new shirts!
Let them tie a random scrap of fabric to their heads and use a toothbrush as a sword.
And ABSOLUTELY let their big brothers convince them to call everyone "scurvy dogs" all night long, just for your own amusement.