Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Post-Auntie Louisa

For the next few weeks, while we're getting settled into our new home and awaiting the installation of the interwebs, I've begged and pleaded for some of my blogging friends to fill in for me.  I'm so pleased to say we're in for a treat because so many wonderful ladies have volunteered.

So, without further ado, I'll let lovely, Louisa take it away!

Hi, I'm Louisa.  I'm excited to be guest posting here today from Auntie Louisa. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit.  Have you seen Stacey's Splatter Paint T-shirt Tutorial? It's super cool and I'm itching to give it a try. I've always liked making things for kiddos. Making things for little ones give me a chance to play.  Projects for little ones are often close to instant gratification.  I also love that imperfections are easier to forgive in projects for little ones. I know my nephew will not notice if my stitching is a bit wonky.  He'll be too busy being excited that something was made for him.  Plus kids are really cute and they move quickly! Most of what I have made in the last two years has been for my nephew.

Today I'm sharing how I made my nephew a car shirt to wear for his second birthday.

You'll need some fabric for the applique, a shirt to applique, some steam a seam (you could use another double sided interfacing - I like steam a seam because it is sticky before it is ironed allowing you to check your applique placement), and a pencil to trace the template onto the interfacing.

Here's the jpeg that I used for my template. You can paste it into your word processing program and adjust the size as needed.
Trace the template - as is the template will give you a car moving toward the right - you can reverse it if you want the car to head left.  I find a pencil to work well for tracing images onto steam-a-seam.  First I traced the body of the car - extending the body a bit under the front bumper, next I traced the wheels, then the wheel rims and the bumpers, lastly I traced the lights. 

Cut the images you have traced leaving a wide margin of interfacing. Adhere the interfacing to your fabric following the instructions on the package of interfacing. Cut your shapes out following your pencil lines.  Remove the backing and place on your shirt.  Steam-a-seam is great because it is sticky before you fuse so you can check placement. Once you are happy with your placement,  fuse in place. 

 To add a number to celebrate a birthday, you can free hand your number or print one you like.  I found a font I liked and printed it in a few different font sizes.  I flipped the paper over and traced the 2 onto the steam-a-seam (remember it needs to look backwards when you are tracing). 

Thank you so much for filling in today, Louisa.  If you haven't already done so, run over there and check out Louisa's blog.  So many adorable boy things! 


  1. Hooray for freezer paper stencils! I love the car design, Louisa. Well done.

  2. Super cool shirt!!!! I think it is such a great idea to put the birthday number on the shirt! It is so wearable after the birthday!

  3. Thanks for having me! It's been fun!


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