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Monday, October 22, 2012

Basket Weave T-shirt (a mini tutorial)

boys basket weave t-shirt

The Basket Weave t-shirt idea came to me after stumbling upon this very, girly shirt.  I thought it was such a great way to add texture to a shirt, while at the same time leaving it neutral enough to wear as a plain garment.  The boys love their t-shirts but, in my opinion, day after day of superheros and Star Wars get a little boring.

The step-by-step only reaches mini-tute status since it's basically a fabric applique.  That said, here's the run down.

knit T-shirt
knit fabric strips (1-2 inches wide X desired width)
scrap of fusible interfacing
scissors, coordinating thread

Cut interfacing to desired shape and size. I went with an 8 inch X 5 inch rectangle. Then lay rows of your knit fabric strips across vertically.  Leave half the space of the actual strip size.

In order to speed up the weaving, you can fold down the strips that will go on top (see above).

Then fold them back over.

For the next strip fold back the opposite strips.

When you lay them down, make sure there is no white space showing between.  Continue in this manner until the entire interfacing area is covered.

Iron the strips to the interfacing, being careful at each cross over.  Then trim around, peel off the paper backing and iron the applique to the t-shirt.

Sew around the outside edge of your shape to secure the applique to the shirt.  You can stick with the same color pallet or give the edge a pop of contrast stitching.

boys basket weave t-shirt
And there you have it.  A neutral, non-superhero oriented t-shirt that will go with even the wildest pants.  Less energy applied to arguing over which shirt to wear means more energy is left for monster creeping, police protecting, or whatever else their little imaginations come up with.

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  1. What a clever idea. I'm so glad that I'm following you! Love your blog.


  2. That's such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing the how to! :D

  3. Awesome idea...I love the look of the basketweave!

  4. I found your tutorial! I loved this tut but forgot to bookmark and took me a while to find it.


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