Thursday, April 11, 2013

T-Shirt Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I am here to give you a quick tutorial on how to dress up a plain t-shirt. I am sure there are many other ways of doing this, but I tried this for the first time and it turned out to be really easy and cute!

I started out with a grey t-shirt size XL. Way too big, right? so I cut the sleeves off close at the seam. I'm sorry, I didn't get any pictures of this. Any way, I cut the sleeves off. Save them, you'll need them later. I then took one of my favorite t-shirts and laid it onto the XL t-shirt. I cut it out, leaving about an inch on both sides to give me plenty of seem allowance. ( it is better to end up with a shirt that is a bit big, then one that is two little. Big shirts can always be taken in!) :) This also includes cutting out at the arm holes. Now you have a shirt that is only connected at the shoulders and still has the hem and neck in it. Open it up so you are only working on the front. Print out your flower and then cut out a piece of your different color t-shirt fabric. Put the flower on the front and your material underneath. It should look like the picture above. Pinning helps to  keep it from stretching.
You then sew along the lines. Making sure you don't miss any. (as you can see above I sewed in my tail :))  Back tacking is needed at every corner. To get the paper off, I started cutting it.  A slow job. Jenny walks and a gives me the brilliant idea. Make it wet? Really, why hadn't I thought of that! So if you take a wet rag or sponge and press it on the paper till it is all wet. You can then carefully pull it off and you have the perfect outline of a flower!
Now to cut it out. Be very careful here. If you cut the underneath material, believe me, it won't make you very happy! :) Pull the top layer away from the bottom layer and cut into the middle. Work your way to the sides and slowly working your way around. Don't cut too close to your sewing.
This is my finished product.
What the back should look like.
Ready to sew it back up! I use a serger, but I am sure you could just use your sewing machine. Sew up your sides

. Now your ready to put the sleeves back on. This is a bit tricky. First take a seem ripper and open the seem where it connected to the shirt. Your arm holes are going to be a bit smaller now, so you will have to cut some off your sleeves. Measure the opening and then measure the top part of your sleeve. Cut off any extra at the seem. Now sew your sleeve back together and then pin it onto your t-shirt and sew.

Doesn't that look cool!? I am excited that it turned out so good. Hope you all have fun trying it. If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask! :)

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Life is busy around here without Mom and Joanna. Did you here? I am an aunt again. Yes, I am and aunt to the most beautiful little girl, Kezia Grace Derksen. She was born on the 25 th of last month, so Mom, Joanna and Jubilee are up visiting her.
She is the sweetest little thing. I only wish that she wasn't all the way in Canada. It's hard to think that I haven't even met her yet! :( I am excited though, cuz Justin and I have both signed up for Canada camp. It will be the end of June and I plan to stay a week or so after camp. That way I can spend more time with Jessica and the baby. I have never been in Canada and am really looking forward to going!! :)

These are my little buddies. I keep them busy and they keep me busy!! For Easter them and the other little kids sang a special at church. It turned out really cute! Had a good Easter service, with a potluck following. I hope you all had a good Easter as well!! :)

Out of everyone this is the one I miss the most. I miss her smiles and her giggles. It's just not the same around here without her!! I will be glad when she gets back! :)

I just finished a t-shirt that turned out really cool. I am going to try to give you a bit of a tutorial of how to do it... We'll see how it turns out!

Have a great week!!