Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gobble, Gobble

Considering Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I put together some cute shirts for my sister's girls.  I've seen similar shirts while shopping, and I figured I could make some myself.  I included a tutorial below in case you're interested in making one too.  Here is a picture of how they looked once finished.

Step 1: Prewash all fabric.

Step 2: Create a pattern.  Using a file folder trace the shapes needed (a U shape and a bowling pin)

Step 3: Trace them onto fabric.

Step 4: Cut out 5 "U" shaped pieces and 1 bowling pin.

Step 5: Spray pieces with Fray Stop Spray.

Step 6: Using the directions below, apply Heat n' Bond (or some other iron on adhesive).

  • Step 1: Preheat dry iron to the silk setting. Place Heat N' Bond on the wrong side of the material. Lightly glide iron across paper side for 1-2 seconds.

  • Step 2: When creating your own design, draw design on paper side in reverse. Carefully cut out design. Skip to next step if you are working on a pre-cut or pre-designed item.

  • Step 3: Allow the material to cool, then peel off the paper backing. The adhesive should appear milky in color. Shiny, clear adhesive is a sign of overheating.

  • Step 4: Place the material right side up in desired position and iron for 4-6 seconds. The ironing time may need to be increased for heavier materials or when using several layers of material.

Step 7: Iron pieces onto a pre-washed shirt.

Step 8: Using embroidery thread, straight stitch (by hand) around all pieces.  If you don't know how to straight stitch, refer to this tutorial.

Step 9: Using embroidery thread, create a french knot in the center of the eyes.  If you don't know how to create a french knot, refer to this tutorial.

Here is a close up of the french knot turkey eyes.

Step 10: Wear to your Thanksgiving feast.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

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