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Appliqued Kids Shirts

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I’ve been working on a lot of handmade Christmas gifts the last few weeks and I thought I’d share this easy DIY with you. I apologize for the awful pictures. Most of my sewing now happens at night after the little man goes to bed and the lighting is therefore pretty crappy. I hate using the flash even when the lighting is bad since it makes the pictures even worse, in my opinion.


So I made this cute appliqued shirt and onesie for Logan. 
I already had a set of long sleeved Carter’s onesies I got at TJ Maxx a while ago and the shirt was $1.50 on clearance at Target. I also had all of the felt, fabric and iron-on backing on hand. I use the iron-on backing because it makes it so much easier to sew when it is in place and can’t move. It also helps to prevent fraying with cotton fabrics. 


1 – get a shirt in the right size and pre-wash.
2 – get some felt or fabric
3 – cut out shapes you want to apply
4 – iron onto the iron-on backing
5 – remove paper backing and iron onto shirts
6 – sew around the shapes in your favorite stitch, do this slowly if you are a beginner and just move your fabric as you go. it also helps to lift your machine’s foot a little while you sew or to lower the needle and lift the foot and adjust your shirt when you go around corners. 
7 – i used one of the many stitches I never get to use for anything else to stitch the rain. a straight stitch works perfectly fine if you want to achieve a more simple look.
8 – you are done. now admire your work 🙂 

For the onesie I cut out a red fabric heart and used felt for the hook. I zigzag stitched around the heart and straight stitched the hook and fishing line. 
 

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