Happy Easter everyone! I meant to post this yesterday but I just didn’t have the time. I made this for my son for Easter this year and I thought I’d teach you a’ll how to make it for yourself or your little ones. I don’t have much time to write this post so I’m just going to jump right into it! Have fun!
Cost: Around $8-$12 depending on what you have on hand.
- A blank T-shirt in a bright color. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3 but I also find that the Garanimals brand at Walmart goes on sale alot and has good quality blank shirts for appliqueing.
- Felt: White, pink, and brown. I buy my felt sheets for $0.37 at Hobby Lobby.
- Two buttons in odd sizes.
- Fabric paint or ink. I used a “TeeJuice” pen in brown for my letters. You can find them at the craft store for around $3.50.
- Foam letter stamps. (If you did the Alphabet Pillow tutorial then you now own a set or know where you can borrow some.)
- A sewing machine and contrasting thread.
- Transfer webbing. You’ll only need a little bit for this project but I always have some on hand to do my appliques. You can buy it in yardage for about $2 per yard at the fabric/craft stores. I LOVE this stuff and use it ALL the time so if you’re going to follow these tutorials, you’ll see me using it a lot I’m sure. Basically all it is is a fusible backing that you iron on to your appliques which allows you to iron your appliques on to your t-shirt (or other item) before you stitch. It makes the applique stable so that it is easy to stitch on with your machine and it makes the overall image more durable for future washing. Great stuff. I couldn’t craft without it.
- Sharp scizzors.
- A hot iron, no steam.
- An ironing board.
Ok, thats your list of supplies. Gather it up and meet me back here for your instructions…
Ready? Lets make this thing.
- Wash and dry your t-shirt to avoid shrinking after the applique is on.
- Lay your shirt out flat and create your design by laying a piece of paper onto the shirt where you’d like the applique to go and then drawing your design onto the paper based on how big you’d like it to be on the shirt. I like to freehand draw my designs since I like them to look kind of unkempt and messy (like kids art) but if you have no confidence in your artisitc abilities you could google a bunny head image and print it off and use it as your design. Heres what I did on mine:
- The design is just a rough sketch of what you’re trying to accomplish. You basically just need the design to ensure that the applique isn’t too big or too small for your t-shirt. After you have it drawn out, cut out the main pieces; like the head and the ears.
- Now, lay your main pieces (head and ears) onto your white felt and cut around them (I cut mine a rectangular or square around my design pieces).
- Do the same with your other design elements; pink bunny ears parts, pink bunny nose, brown chocolate messy mouth part. I don’t really make “patterns” for these elements, I just eyeball it. Anyway, the main thing to understand is that you just want big enough felt squares/rectangles cut out to fit your design pieces.
- Once you’ve got all those felt pieces cut out. Lay them out on your transfer webbing (trans web rough side toward the felt), and cut your trans web out in the same size pieces as your felt pieces.
- Next, take your felt pieces with their trans web backing pieces and with a hot, dry iron, iron the trans web onto the felt pieces one by one. (If these instructions are a little foggy to you, refer to the instructions on your trans web).
- Once you have adhered all the trans web pieces to their coordinating felt pieces you can use the paper backing side of the felt pieces to draw out your design elements. Below I have drawn out my inside bunny ears, my bunny nose, and my chocolate mouth piece, as well as my extra candy bar piece (you can leave out the candy bar if you’d like). Ignore the little slivered piece. I didn’t use it in my design.
- Now that you have your pieces drawn out on your felt, use your sharp scizzors and cut them out into their individual design elements.
- On your t-shirt, lay out all your design pieces to be sure that you like them and to get an idea for what order to iron them onto your shirt.
- Once you have a plan of action, remove your pieces from your shirt and then carefully peel away the paper backing to expose the rubbery trans web side of your felt pieces.
- Lay your t-shirt flat on your ironing board and place your first piece where you’d like and then set it to your shirt with a hot iron pressing firmly (trans web side to the shirt) and moving slowly over your felt piece.
- Continue layering your pieces on this way until your design elements are iron securely in place. I ironed my bunny ears first since I knew they’d be somewhat tucked under the head and then continued with the rest of the elements from bottom to top.
- Once you have all the elements on there, get out your alphabet stamps and find the letters that spell “hopped up”.
- Using the same fabric stamping technique as you learned from the “Alphabet Pillow Tutorial” spell out “hopped up” on your t-shirt. TIP: Start with the middle letters first and work out so you can center the words under your design.
- Once you’ve got your phrase on there and the ink/paint has dried, heat set your letters with a dry iron.
- At this point you can simply sew on your button eyes and be done if you’d like. The trans web won’t hold up but for just a few washes, but if you just want something quick and cute for your little one to wear for one day, it would work fine. But, I really like to finish my appliques with a contrasting stitch that not only secures the design to the shirt more permanently but also gives more detail and quirkiness to the design.
- So grab your machine and stitch down your applique at the edges of the design, being sure to stitch over each of the design elements and add special detail where you’d like. I am NOT by any means a great seamstress so I work kinda slow and my lines are NEVER straight, but once again, I like things a little “messy” looking and I think that it adds to the feel and look of the design. So don’t be afraid if you “screw up”. It will just add to the character of the shirt.
- Hand sew your mismatched button eyes onto your bunny. If you’re making this for a girl, it would be super cute I think to make a ribbon hair bow and tack that onto the bunny’s head.