Hi there! I'm Stacey and I blog over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! I'm very excited to be here to share for Toptoberfest. With three boys running around, most of my sewing falls into the boy category. I've found that the secret to spicing up their wardrobes and convincing them to wear the "mommy made" clothing, is a variety of t-shirts. And if the boys get to pick the themes, all the better. Star Wars, vikings, ninjas, and personal jokes all end up in the laundry time and time again.
Today I'm sharing my tutorial for an interactive monster t-shirt. Post naming, I'm thinking I should have gone with "perpetually changing monster t-shirt" or something along those lines but while I've gotten the hang of sewing, clever t-shirt names allude me. Regardless of what you call it, it's sure to be a hit with your little one.
wool felt scraps (I prefer 100% wool. It tends to be more expensive but washes with much less pilling)
Heat and Bond or other fusible interfacing
Step 1: Cut pieces from wool felt. Before cutting the body, eye stems and horns, follow package directions to apply fusible interfacing.
Step 2: Cut small squares of interfacing for the eyes and mouth pieces. Iron on per package instructions. When you are deciding on monster "accessories" keep in mind that you'll want at least two different color combinations of each facial feature in order to mix and match. The boys helped me to choose which colors and mouth features they wanted for their monsters. I find they are immeasurable more excited about a piece of clothing if they get to make choices during the project.
Step 3: Iron the body, horns, and eye stems to your shirt per the interfacing package directions.
Step 4: Sew around the edge of each piece in order to applique it to the shirt. For the eye stems, I made three rows of stitching.
Step 5: Cut a positive/negative piece of Velcro for each facial feature and each place where you want it to attach. Sewing a rectangle around the outside edge, attach the all of the positive pieces to the monster body and the negative pieces to each "accessory".
That's it! You are now able to mix and match to create a new monster each time you wear it. One note: if you have a clothing sensitive kinda kid (like my middle one) you may want to be sure they wear an undershirt underneath or place a piece of fusible-cut away stabilizer behind the shirt when you sew on the Velcro pieces.
Here's just three of our monstrous creations. My oldest two thought this was such a great idea, I've been commissioned to sew two more. Next time around we'll play with the body shape. Personally, I've always been partial to the "Monsters Inc." monster type.
One word of warning, the line between the monster's facial features and one's own, may begin to become confused.
Thanks for having us, Tricia. The boys and I would get a huge kick out of seeing your monster shirts, so please feel free to stop on over and share if you decide to make one. Have a great day!
Wasn't that great! What little boy wouldn't love getting dressed in the morning, when it involved creating a one of a kind monster face. Love it! Thanks Stacey for sharing your great project.