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!


17 comments:

  1. this is friggin' adorable! great idea!

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  2. Wow! You are on fire! I love this idea and congrats on all of your guest spots. You rock!

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  3. Super cute! Stop on by and link up to my weekly carnival Make it Wear it @ TheTrainToCrazy.com if you want! This is so great!

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  4. This is too cute. You see so much cute appliqued stuff for girls but not as much for boys. Good job.

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  5. you are wonderfully crafty i am following you

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  6. These are adorable!

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  7. This is so cute! I'm gonna have to try it out very soon!

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  8. oh my goodness so stinkin cute! i have three boys and i'm pretty sure they need me to make them these asap! off to explore your blog!

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  9. I LOVE it!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-boys-polo-to-western-style-shirt/2010/03/03/

    --Anne

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  10. had to tweet about this!! My son will only wear t-shirts or at a push polo shirts, so getting him to wear something smart is impossible. This is a awesome Idea and I think that you may have solved my delema of finding something smart for my son to wear! thanks!

    Cleo

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  11. Super Cute, my "sunny thankful sunday" is finding this blog and tutorial for cute BOY stuff! I have 2 boys under the age of two and im pregnant right now with the third BOY of course (someone doesnt want me sewing ruffles, so Im super excited about your Boy stuff and adding you to my favorites!... just might give me the jump to ACTUALLY keep up and post on my lame blog ;)

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  12. Oh, my goodness! I loooove this idea. Wow! You definitely have a creative mind. I wouldn't have thought to do that in a million years. :) I'm definitely gonna give this a try soon. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings-
    Sarah

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  13. This is so great! I have 2 boys and love the ideas..keep 'em coming!

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  14. i made this shirt for my son and wrote a post about it linking to you thanks!!

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  15. This is adorable! I love the fabric you used for your little one's yoke. I've been eyeing it in the store lately for a dress for my daughter.

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  16. ok now i have to make one lol. i have a 2 1/2yr old boy and a 5mo girl. there are oodles of girly things but i havn't found much for boys other than the tie t's. i have a question though, i have used the iron on bond stuff 3x so far and everytime i go to sew around it my thread acts up. it gunks up with the sticky stuff and literally will not work. i'm scared to use it now. have you had issues? am i useing the wrong needle or something?

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  17. Amber - I haven't had problems sewing over it, but my machine is really tough. They do make a heat 'n bond that is thinner and meant to be sewn over. They carry it at JoAnn's. I hope that helps!

    Cheri

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