February 24, 2010

Wrangle Me Tee

I don't have any girls, so a lot of my ideas are boy oriented.  This is one of my newest embellished boy shirt ideas.  I call it the "wrangle me" shirt.  Here it is:
Here's the back:

Here's the one I made for my oldest:
The back is always my favorite.
Here are the basic steps:

1) Buy a polo shirt.  (In the picture of the first shirt, I took a t-shirt and added my own collar.  However, that's a tutorial for another day.)  You can take an old one and spice it up.

2) Buy "heat 'n bond."  If you haven't used this stuff, prepare to be amazed.  I love it.  It has simple instructions on it.  It's basically going to fuse your two fabrics together. 

3) Hold the paper (heat 'n bond) over the shirt and trace the shape out.  Cut out the shape you want. It's a simple "V." It's just like how you used to draw birds in the sky when you were little. Trace round the rest of the lines of the shirt (along the collar, accross the shoulder).  You'll have two pieces that shape - one for each side of the front of the shirt.  Do the same for the back.

4) Iron them on.

5) I still like to sew the edges, though it's not really neccessary.  I like to sew two messy lines around the edges to give it some character.  I also like to use a contrasting color thread.

6) Optional: You can sew on little strips over the shoulders using a different fabric, as I did in gray on the second shirt.  (Truth be told, my fabric was a little short, so I improvised.)

Extra Info: The edges of the fabric may fray a little, depending on how well you did the heat 'n bond, but I like a little fraying. 

That's all for now.  If you have questions, let me know.  Also, feel free to follow the blog or grab a button.  I sure appreciate anyone spreading the word, as this blog is pretty new.  Thanks!


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