Handmade items for newborn babies are such a nice gift. I’ve made lots of baby quilts and some baby clothes, mostly for family and close friends. But what about the folks that you may not be so close too, but still want to make something special for their new baby?
An appliqued T shirt or body suit is a quick and fun present. Two shirts are just as easy to make as one. Most of the time making them is spent collecting the supplies that are needed.
Here is a list of things you need:
A couple of cute fabrics with designs that can be fussy cut
A pair of scissors
An Iron-on adhesive. I like Heat n Bond Lite . (It does require sewing around the outside edge of the applique, but I think that is important for something that is going to be washed a lot).
A sewing machine with zig-zag stitch
T Shirts or body shirts, size 0-3 or 3-6 months. I used a The Baby Tee from Primary.com. They are lovely quality solid color T shirts, with 2 shoulder snaps for easy on-off, and their clothes never have logos on them.
Cut out the motif you wish to applique onto the shirt. Cut the piece of fabric with the motif larger than the finished size you plan to use. The motif will get trimmed to size later.
Cut a piece of the fusible adhesive to match the size of the fabric. Don’t cut it larger or you may accidentally fuse the adhesive product to your ironing board cover. Not a good outcome!
Following the instructions on the fusible adhesive product, fuse the the adhesive product to the WRONG side of the motif.
Now trim the motif to the finished size and shape your want.
Fold the T-shirt in half and gently press the fold with your finger. That fold line will be your guide to placing the motif in the front center of the shirt.
Remove the paper on the fusible adhesive product. Follow the directions and fuse it to the T Shirt.
Run a tight, narrow zig-zag stitch along the edge of the fabric fused to the T shirt. ( I set stitch length on my machine set at 0.5, stitch width at 1.4. You machine may have other recommendations for sewing appliques. Check your machine’s booklet or look online).
You’re done! Isn’t this a fun, easy, homemade baby gift?
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