easy applique t-shirt - tutorial

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I was reading through one of my favorite blogs the other day, Jones Design Company, and came across some ubber cute shirts she had made for her little ones.

I HAD to make one.

It was super easy, and turned out way cute.

Here's what you'll need:
  • t-shirt
  • fabric
  • iron on interfacing (preferably double sided so you can stick it to the t-shirt too)
  • pencil
  • iron
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread

STEP ONE:  Apply interfacing to the back of your fabric per the interfacing instructions.

STEP TWO: Once adhered, use a pencil to freehand or trace your desired design onto the interfaced side of the fabric and then cut out your design.

STEP THREE:  Place applique on the t-shirt.  If using double sided interfacing, apply to t-shirt per interfacing's instructions.  If using single sided interfacing, pin applique to t-shirt.

STEP FOUR:  Use sewing machine to stitch around the perimeter of your applique.  I used a straight stitch because I wanted a little fraying to show up around the edges, but you could use whatever stitch you prefer.  *tip - when going into a sharp turn, end with your needle down through the fabric, lift the pressure foot up, rotate the fabric, place the pressure foot back down and continue sewing.

Ta Da!  You're done!

Now your little one has a one-of-a-kind, fun t-shirt that didn't break the bank and only took you 20 minutes to whip up!

And, bonus, it totally gets better the more you wash it since it makes it perfectly frayed around the edges :D

On a side note - Here's Izzy on her way to her Kid's Day Out program.  She LOVED her bunny shirt.

She looks like she's going off to her first day of school with her little backpack on.

Great, now I'm sitting here having flash forwards of her going off to Kindergarten and then walking across the stage at her H.S. graduation...

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this is what's in my bag?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I used to love going through my mom and grandmother's purses.  To me it was like a treasure chest.  Izzy is the same way.  If my purse is within arms reach, all of it's contents are pulled out in a matter of seconds.  Items hidden away in little zipper pouches to help with organization?  Forget it... those are the only zippers she's drawn too, and the pouches are quickly turned on end.

I'm sure you've seen the posts where women take photos of their purses and their contents.  I guess I haven't grown up because I throuoghly enjoy reading these.  Some blow me away with their organization and perfect editing of essentials.  And, then some look like mine....  A.  Complete.  Mess.

So, hold onto your panties, cause here we go!  And, I do have panties in mine :D


Breakdown of The Junk:
  • trash - you would think I couldn't find a trash can
  • finger puppet?
  • vaccination card
  • snack pack
  • wipes
  • training diaper
  • big girl panties
  • 2 different types of travel tissues
  • Neutrogena hand cream (actually not a big fan of this)
  • hotel lotion
  • Dove travel size deodorant (has saved me on many of occasions)
  • Burts Bees cuticle cream (LOVE this stuff)
  • travel toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • floss
  • pocket sized lint removing sheets (completely forgot I had these)
  • Target sunglasses
  • phone (needs to be charged YET AGAIN)
  • gum
  • Burts Bees chapstick (Izzy often asks if she can have my "Boobies" when we're out - very awkward)  
  • 2 tubes of L'Oreal Infallible lipgloss in Bloom (I usually don't wear lipgloss or lipstick, but when I do, this goes with everything)
  • wallet BUSTING with receipts that have yet to be recorded
  • VS gift card with a whopping $4 left on it
  • 3 pens
  • little tracker thingy-magig from the jogging stroller that I keep forgetting to get a battery for
  • Excedrin
  • cough drops
  • inhaler
  • hand sanitizer
  • band-aids
  • coupons, coupons, and more coupons
  • and finally, a recipe for no-fail self tanner (which has failed as I can't for the life of me locate Banana Boat's Summer Color - if you know where, tell me!)
Which leaves us with some lovely little tidbits in the bottom of my bag.  Actually, I'm pleasantly suprised by this.  I usually find a lot more down there.

 I guess this helps to explain why I can never find my keys...

she's a water baby

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So... I'm going to have to get over my paralyzing fear of wearing a bathing suit.

Turns out Izzy's a water baby.  Lovely.

We realized this when we hooked up a sprinkler in the backyard for her to run around in.

She's addicted!

Got a little pee-pee dance going on here, hehe :D

So, in the spirit of trying to be a good mom I took one for the team and put on a suit so we could head to the pool.

Here we are on our way... look at that happy face!  Sort of makes me forget I'm going to have to take off my cover up soon.  Sort of.

No pool pics.  Not because I didn't want to take any, but because I'm not talented enough to hold onto an eager 2 year old and a camera at the same time :D

She of course had a blast.  And I, because my body hasn't seen sun in about 12 years, of course, got burnt.  "I just want to get a little color on these legs... I think I'll pass on the sunscreen."  Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

On the way home Izzy demanded she pull the wagon all by herself.  Whenever I would try to help I was met with "IZZY DO IT!!!"  Geesh!

The poor thing was having some issues lugging it up the driveway.  But, again, she wanted NO help.  And, on a side note, she looks way pink in that picture, but I promise you she wasn't burnt. She had on TONS of sunscreen (unlike me), and turns really pink when it's hot out.

Anyone else have to give yourself a pep talk before taking the kids to the pool, or is it just me?

It's going to be a long, burnt summer for me :)


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