March 15, 2010

Don't Forget to Floss!!!

My dad is a dentist, so pardon my nerdy sense of humor here.  Today I want to talk a little more about one of my favorite embellishments - floss.  Embroidery floss is a cheap, easy, and fun way to add a little personality to clothing.  It's thirty-seven cents people!  (That's why my mom used to buy it for me and my sisters when we were little so we could make countless friendship bracelets.)


You may remember seeing it on this t-shirt from last week.


You'll see it across the shoulders of this t-shirt this week.



You can sew messy lines, diagonal lines, x's, or anything on the edges and it always looks great.  It takes a little time, but not much concentration.  It's a great project to do while you're watching "Lost" or "the Office" or whatever show you dig.

While it doesn't require much of a tutorial, I want to show you one of my favorite places to put it.

I LOVE kneepads and elbowpads on shirts and pants for boys.  I don't sew my boys pants yet.  I buy them, so it's a little too hard (perhaps impossible) to sew those on already-made pants.  Here's what I do instead.


1) Get out some scrap fabric.  I used an old suitcoat for the one above and a thin old sweater for the one below.  Cut the out a rectangle.

2) Iron on some "heat 'n bond" to the fabric.  This will also make it easier to cut.  Once you have the heat 'n bond on it feels more like you're cutting stiff paper.  I like to wait until this step to perfect the shape of the pad.  I round the corners and make both pads identical.

3) Peel off the backing and iron them onto the pants.  Taaaadaaaahhhh!  Wasn't that easy?  Like cake!

You can add the floss before you even get out the heat 'n bond OR you can stitch it on afterwards.  When you do it afterwards, it'll take a little more sweat because you'll be stitching through a LOT of layers, but it can be done.


The elbow pads are just as cute - especially when you find a funky, fun print.  I'm hoping the kneepads will make his pants last when he starts crawling everywhere.

I know I say it almost everytime, but thank you so much for stopping by.  Your comments and input make my day.  Let me know if you have questions and have a great day!

14 comments:

Leca said...

I think I've got a better handle on how to apply the floss. I went a little crazy on my last shirt. I'll be taking it easy from here on out. Thanks for the tips.

Kimbo West said...

so cute! love the floss

Jeannie said...

Adorable! LOVE the kneepads!

Sabra said...

just found your blog and already bleach pens have been added to my shopping list. so fun!

Cami said...

You have some fun ideas! I'll be following!
Cami

Stinky Beans said...

I was totally gonna ask you about floss embellishment, I have some elbow pads i needed to whipstich and this is exactly what i was looking for! love your blog!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

I just love everything you make! Great idea about floss.

Anna said...

I just patched my little guy's jeans (big holes in his favorite jeans) and I used a free motion quilting foot (also called a darning foot) and I could go around the patch with the pants around the "leg" of the machine. it worked well. If you are serious about wanting the patches sewn you could try it. They look great with the heat n bond though.

Anna said...

I just patched my little guy's jeans (big holes in his favorite jeans) and I used a free motion quilting foot (also called a darning foot) and I could go around the patch with the pants around the "leg" of the machine. it worked well. If you are serious about wanting the patches sewn you could try it. They look great with the heat n bond though.

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I love the way this looks!

Thanks for linking up today.

Kim

Mom2fur said...

What a cute way to embellish plain old ordinary t-shirts, for anyone! I'll have to get out my embroidery box and play with this idea. It's a great one!
Your kids are adorable, btw!

Jane said...

This stitching is adorable...thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday! Oh and I followd. :)

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE these... I have all sorts of pants that require knee pads and have been wondering how to make that happen. :)
we'd love it if you linked to friday fun finds with this!

Gina Marie said...

I linked you again! I truly love your blog!
http://twolittlechickadees.blogspot.com/2010/12/did-you-floss.html

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