appliques. As soon as I saw how cute these finished shirts were and how easy the steps seemed, I knew this was the perfect gift for my favorite two year old.
It turns out that hunting down solid color t-shirts in toddler sizes was probably the hardest part of this whole project. After trips to Old Navy, Carter's, Target and JoAnn's were unsuccessful, I finally found these shirts at WalMart. Turns out they are perfect. I love the scalloped edges, and at $3.88 a piece, the price was definitely right.
As for the fabric that I used for the project, I used a combination of leftovers that I had sitting around and 2 fat quarters that I picked up at JoAnn's. I actually love using fat quarters for small projects, because then I don't have to deal with the fabric cutters. ("Hi, I'd like 1/800th of a yard please!") Plus, every time I'm at the JoAnn's it seems everyone is there getting fabric, too, and that can turn a 10 minute trip into a 40 minute trip. The only other supply I need for this project was Wonder Under, which is the double sided fabric adhesive stuff. I got a big roll of it, which I will probably never use up, for half off at $3.14.
So, once I amassed my supplies, I got to going, loosely following Shannon's steps. I cut my fabric shapes, adhered them to the t-shirts, and then outlined each of the shapes with the sewing machine. I kept it all very simple because 1) I wanted to take it slowly and be successful, and 2) I started this project at 8pm the day before the party (oops!). All in all, it was pretty easy. Personally, I was mostly concerned that I was going to sew the front and the back of the shirt together, which I didn't. Yay!
I made Hope 3 shirts.
And, here's the birthday girl in one of her new shirts! She took a quick break from all of the action for a couple pictures for Aunt Emily.
Oh, is she the sweetest or what? So, there you have it: a sweet little homemade gift for a sweet little two year old. Aunt Emily loves you to pieces, Hopester!
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