Repost: Will I make it this Christmas? T-shirts with Applique
September 29, 2010
T-shirts are a great Aussie Christmas gift because once Summer comes we live in them.
Applique t-shirts can be made fairly quickly in a production line, don’t require advanced sewing skills, use up small but lovely scraps and can be adapted to suit most age groups.
In this Martha Stewart tutorial, the t-shirt idea is extended to a baby romper. The best places to look for plain rompers are Kmart and Target or make a trip to the Bonds warehouse in Sydenham and stock up before you start.
The next examples are from Lil Blue Boo. In this tutorial she explores a bit further in regard to stitching. This is a beautiful blog if you are looking to be inspired further. Get yourself a coffee and check out her other tutorials.
Even easier than these are the hand-stitched appliques found here. You won’t even need a sewing machine, and I know that makes some of you VERY happy.
This technique could be done by school age children, with minimal help. I love being able to involve mine in the gift making/giving process and grandma/aunty/friend will feel the love.
This guitar shirt for Charlie, the elephant shirt and the cloudy day shirt (made of course from recycled ties) are made using the applique technique.
If you are unsure what motif to choose, let the fabric give you some ideas. Sketch a simple version of something from the fabric (or enlarge it by photocopying the fabric) and make it.
I am going to try the owl, because he is so cute, and give the hand stitched project to 6 year old who is itching to craft something. I will let you know how they turn out. Please, if when you make something email it through. I’d love to see your ‘fancywork’. Don’t you love that word!