One night while Chris and I were getting ready for bed in December he made a crack that he thought the baby should have an outfit with a big picture of his face on it. If only he knew what Santa was already planning on brining him!
I’ve decided to do a post on Onesies (or in this case a baby T-shirt) for the next 6 weeks which should lead me right up to baby arrival time. Keep in mind with each of these crafty how-to projects that they work for adult clothes as well as baby clothes (just check out my applique idol Aorta for proof). So if the thought of kids makes you gag like it did me not so very long ago you could easily use the idea in this project to appliqué your favorite jean jacket, hoodie, skirt – you name it.
I have to say that as always my mother came in mighty handy with this project. That Fredda Perkins is a wiz with the fabrics and sewing machine. I made this T-shirt when I was up visiting my parents as I needed it to be a stealth project since it was a surprise for Chris. As you can see from the picture of him on Christmas day holding up the finished project, surprised he was! Also my copy of Complete Embellishing by Kayte Terry was quite useful with all her applique tutorials.
First I started with a logo for his band that our friend Jeff Conway had designed. I always loved this illustration of Chris and thought it would be easy to transform into an appliqué.
Steam a Seam
1)I altered my image on the computer to make the image of Chris’s face the same size as the T-shirt. I also got rid of the text that said Chris Boehk. I printed several copies of the image out onto printer paper.
2)Gathered up my supplies.
6)Attach the sticky side of the Steam a Seam to the brown fabric you are using for hair and eyebrows. Trace the pattern for the hair onto the Steam a Seam sheet (with the protective paper still on the side you are tracing).
8)Remove the protective paper from the back of the flesh colored face and stick that piece onto the T-shirt. The fusible product is sticky enough to hold the pieces together with out pressing but it can still be peeled up and moved around if need be. When you are happy with the placement of the piece iron it to the shirt following the manufacturer’s directions. Peel the protective paper from the back of the hair and stick it in it’s place over the flesh colored fabric. Same with the eyes and eyebrows and the white mouth. Following the manufacturer’s directions, iron the facial features permanently in place.
9)With dark brown thread use the satin stitch on your sewing machine to outline all around the head. Next outline the mouth, nose, and the lines under the eyes. As an alternative, you could just sew a straight stitch to out line the head then hand embroider the eye lines, nose and mouth with black embroidery thread using a satin stitch.
Another appliqué alternative is using a pre-existing image on fabric. My mother happens to hoard Barkcloth and lucky for me has tons in the juvenile variety that make perfect little appliqués like circus elephants, cowboys, kittens and more!
Be sure to tune in for the next several Fridays as we continue the onesie party with embroidery, stencils, iron-ons and more!