Friday, September 30, 2011
My little cousin Sophia turned 5 this past August, so I wanted to make her something special. She's a little fish, always swimming! So I decided to try my hand at this awesome hooded towel tutorial. I made my older daughter one too, since 1 hand towel makes 2 hoods and I didn't want to waste a half a hood! The names on the back were done by first printing out the letters I needed using Paint Shop Pro. Then I used a little double sided fusible interfacing to iron them on, and did some free hand embroidery on my plain old sewing machine. It wasn't perfect, but it was close enough :P It's really isn't as hard as it looks. Just set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch with a length of almost zero. Play around with your machine and a scrap piece of fabric until you get it how you want it. Corners are tricky, but the key is to go slow and maneuver your towel/fabric like you were going around a curve. Another tip: If your fabric is light and the towel is dark like mine was, use some white fabric or muslin under your letter so you can't see the towel through it. Just make a double wonder under sandwich so everything sticks together.
I didn't get any pics of Sophia in her towel, but rest assured she loves it. She uses it every time we go swimming together :)
Friday, September 16, 2011
1) print out a clip art of a t-rex and adjust the size to fit the t-shirt
2) iron some double sided wonder under to my fabric about the size of the t-rex
3) cut out the dinosaur
4) put some fray check all around the edge of the t-rex (since I couldn't do a zig zag stitch on such small details)
5) iron it onto the t-shirt
6) sew around the edge of the t-rex
7) gather a strip of tulle on the machine and
8) hand sew it on!