July 28, 2011

Zipper Tabs


This week I'm posting some older tutorials from guest posts I did when I first started blogging.  (That also explains why Rex will look much younger in the pictures.)  This week's posts will probably actually be new to most of you (because they've never been fully posted here) and I'll get some time to finish some things that have been on the checklist way too long.
Today I want to show you how to do a simple embellishment on a sweatshirt to keep your kids happy.
Here's the deal.  I'm not crazy about in-your-face-character shirts.  While my son loves all sorts of different characters...McQueen, Transformers, and Buzz Lightyear, I'm not crazy about the clothes they make with them on it.  AND, they can be pricey.  So, today we're going to solve this problem with zipper tags.

This is what we're making:


These little tabs make it easy for little hands to zip AND give a plain sweatshirt a little more personality.

 

So, here we go...........

1) Pick out a design or logo and create a freezer paper stencil.  I chose the Transformer symbol.  If you have never done freezer paper stenciling or if you're unsure of how it works, click HERE for a in-depth video tutorial.



2) Paint the area and remove the stencil.



3) Now, laces some ribbon or whatever you have through the zipper.  Place your stencil on one side of it and a blank piece of fabric on the other (so you're sandwiching the ribbon) and sew it all together.  I like to leave excess fabric on while I sew in case things shift a bit while sewing.


4) Trim around the stitching.


5) Watch the little guy beam as he proudly wears his new sweatshirt and sings the "Transformer" theme song.  (Yeah, you know it too...."Transformers, more than meets the eye!")


Thanks for reading.

19 comments:

  1. this is such a great idea! I'm so glad you reposted this. I've been with you for a long time, but somehow I missed this :)

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  2. We just bought a new backpack for my son to start kindergarten. I put my foot down and told him we wouldn't be getting a "character" backpack. However, there's a strap that's perfect to hang keychains, so I told him he could get a Lightning, etc. keychain if he wanted. He said, "or maybe you could make one for me, Mom!". What perfect timing on your post!

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  3. That's too cute, youre a great momma!!!

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  4. Great idea! I think I'm going to use these on a backpack I'm transforming...

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  5. SO glad you decided to post this agian....I dont know how, but I missed it.....and thats big since I blog stalk you! lol ;0) Have a great day! Off to try this.

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  6. What a fantastic idea! I've done freezer stenciled T-shirts, but have never thought of something like this.
    I'd like to ask though, how does the logo hold up to all the frequent pulling and washing? T-shirts don't take a whole lot of abuse, but a zipper pull definitely will.

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  7. What a great idea! I love things you can do in an hour!

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  8. Are you able to do this without sewing?? That's on my bucket list, learn to sew. Love the idea!

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  9. That's totally awesome! I love that you have boys and make things that are fun and masculine for them. A lot of the time on the blogs I read, they make things for girls mostly. I have three boys so it's fun to see what you come up with. Thanks for doing what you do!

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  10. I think this rocks. I have a feeling you already know this, but Hobby Lobby has their short sleeved tshirts 1/2 off....$1.75 a shirt! I of course thought of you and all your awesome ideas!

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  11. Super great tutorial! I'm so pinning this!

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  12. I missed this one too. What a great project.

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  13. Very cute idea and so versatile! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Very cute idea and so versatile! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Ange - It's held up perfectly. Fabric paint is great stuff. No problems with it.

    MLB - You could probably hand sew it or try Fabric Fusion (glue) instead.

    Cheri

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  16. Oh I just can't wait to have my own little rascal and make him Metal Gear Solid t-shirts!

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  17. So cute! My mind is swirling with all the zipper pulls I could make!

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  18. I'm glad you reposted this. I hadn't seen it before and I think it is a fabulous idea. I love that it can make little ones more independent and be a way to make something fun.

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