Thursday, December 22, 2011

Applique Shirts

When I spotted these cute orange, brown and pink prints at Joann's Fabrics I had to find a project to make with them. (I always do that. The fabric proceeds the project for me.) I made one skirt for Kinley and then decided to make a few more.
These are headed to Pennsylvania for my nieces, who like to dress in coordinating outfits. I decided the skirts weren't quite enough so I dove into applique land for the first time and made coordinating shirts. It was easy enough once I got the hang of it.

I printed out letters the right size, traced them onto the fabric, put them on an iron-on transfer, cut them out and then ironed them on to the shirts. After that I set my machine for a zig zag stitch and just outlined each letter....slowly.

Then inside corners were hardest for me, but I eventually got the hang of it. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. Plus, doing the shirts allows my nephew to have something that coordinates with the girls too.

The other little touch that I love about these outfits is that the two oldest kids got the capital letters and the two younger kids got the lower case letters. So cute!

I'm conisdering making the same outfits for my 3 other nieces in Florida so that even though we live hundreds of miles apart we could take pics of the kids and put them all in one frame and they'd all match. It'd be a great gift idea for my mom. We'll see. ;)

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