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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Applique T-Shirts

This is my entry to the Mellow Mummy "I made this" competition, which my blogging friend Louise at A Strong Coffee told me about.

These are my favourite thing to sew.  A plain old t-shirt from the high street, a handful of material scraps, some steam-a-seam interfacing and there you are - a personalised t-shirt which really stands out in the crowd.

I've made quite a few of these, and so far using steam-a-seam and zig-zag stitching around the edges seems to produce very sturdy results.  Some of the t-shirts are now being worn by my second daughter, and the applique looks as good as new.

Here are just a few examples:

Patchwork skirt

My husband strongly objects to me sorting out his old work shirts, and commonly comes up with the comment "I'll just wear it once more". Before I know it, it has sneaked its way back into his wardrobe, and months later it is still there.  My latest solution is to convince him that his shirts wont end up in the rubbish, but can be recycled as clothes for our little ones.

This is a skirt made from 3 of his old shirts and some matching floral fabric I had in my stash.  It's a big hit with my big girl, and with the elasticated waistband it should fit for a long time yet!


At last, after reading many inspirational posts on friend's blogs, brainstorming over an appropriate name, and then finally managing to get it set up here on - here it is: my blog on sewing and craft projects for young children.

As a mum to two girls aged 2 and 4, unfortunately I don't get to do as much sewing as I'd like, so I half expect this blog to end up as a general vent for my mummy activities. As my good friend Louise at says, I also hope this blog will be a place to keep a record of my little ones, as time is going so fast!

Thanks for looking!