Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: {Foot and Hands} Reindeer Shirt

Cutie Face has lots of beautiful Christmas dresses but doesn't own any Christmas or Holiday shirts. That all changed yesterday!

I made a super cute shirt off of another blog tutorial--scroll to the very end to see it! For my Tutorial, though, I wanted to make a Reindeer shirt using Cutie Face's hands and feet as the template.

Side Note: I think that you can make a lot of cute Reindeer shirts using templates, etc. but it is SO NEAT to use your kiddo's hands and feet because then you can always look back on this shirt and see how small they used to be! And, if you keep the shirt for a long time, you can eventually pass it along to their children--how cool would that be for them to wear their mom or dad's hands and feet!

What you'll need:
  • Your toddler's hands and feet
  • Felt in brown, red and white
  • Googly eyes (or buttons to make the eyes or just more felt!)
  • For a girl: a bow is a MUST so ribbon for a bow
  • Stitch Witchery
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine (or your own hand sewing would work fine, too!)
  • Glue gun for adhering the eyes
  • T-shirt in any color

Step 1: Trace your child's hand and foot onto the felt that you want to use for the body of the reindeer. Cutie Face wouldn't stay still long enough for me to take a picture AND trace so no picture! sorry!

Step 2:
Cut out two of the hands and one foot, two circles for the eyes and two hearts for the mouth. If you are making this for a boy, you might want to make circular mouths. This is what you should have:

Step 3: Figure out the placement of your hands, foot, etc. on the t-shirt:
Step 4: Use Stitch Witchery or any other fabric fuser, to fuse the elements together. Then stitch witch (is that a verb? hmmm. It is now!) the Reindeer onto the shirt. This is a MUST for me as I'm a rotten sewer!

Step 5: {OPTIONAL} Don't break your mother's sewing machine while you are visiting her. And certainly don't scare her by taking a screwdriver to it! Just document it with pictures and tell her later (or when you can't figure out how to fix it...then ask for help! THANKS MOM!):

Step 6: Applique the felt pieces together. First do the small inside pieces, then work your way out, eventually appliquing the whole Reindeer onto the shirt (as a rotten sewer, i used all my concentration to applique and forgot to take a picture after this one! but you get the point):

Step 7: Once everything is sewn in place, determine where you would like to place your googly eyes and bow (optional!)
Step 8: Glue the eyes and bow in place with a hotglue gun:

Step 9: Step back and admire your finished product!

Step 10: Put it on your kiddo and take lots of pictures of them looking goofy in their new shirt (Cutie Face actually really really loved this shirt and kept wanting to feel the eyes and bow and then look in the mirror. Success!)

Again, I just LOVE that these are her hands and footprint--I can't wait to see how much they'll grow by next year! Perhpas we'll be making this a yearly tradition!

***Updated*** My friend, Kim, came up with the genius idea to make these for several years and turn them into a quilt for the kids to snuggle up with during the Christmas season. And, my mom-in-law suggested that I turn it into a pillow and send it to her :) So the options are endless with this craft!


I was very inspired by this adorable Christmas Tree shirt that Paige and Brooke blogged about last week. SOOO cute.

So I decided to make one for Cutie Face (BAD photo quality! sorry!:

Many many special thanks to the Twin for actually doing the sewing for me on that one! I couldn't do the straight edge...yeah...reason #101 why she has an Etsy store and I don't!


11 people think...:

Upstatemomof3 said...

Oh my goodness those are so cute!!!

Natalie said...

This is super cute! Loving both those shirt ideas! I may have to get making some matching shirts for the girls! And, that reindeer could easily be a moose if you altered some things :)

Kim said...

I LOVE this! I know they won't sit still enough to let me trace their hands and feet...but I still might try because it's so cute!

Jenglamgirl said...

both super cute.... but the reindeer one takes the cake! love them!

brooke said...

That reindeer is so so cute!! Thanks so much for the shout out!! Merry Christmas!!

TeamOSM said...

Great job!! Totally cute. =D

Desiree said...

They both look amazing! i think I may have to join in next week!

Natalie said...

Liam is loving the reindeer shirt and thinks I should make them for the girls. Little does he know I am going to for sure! LOVE that tree shirt too!!
Tessa will be 16 months when baby 4 arrives. It will be the smallest gap between the kids and I am a little nervous about it but I know we will do just fine!
The pictures that were out of the collages for Tessa's party were taken by my friend Candice (you have seen her entries for i heart faces every week. She is the one who announced her pregnancy on pink week!). She has a super fancy lense and has been studying photography and editing. She is very good! I wish I had more time and money to invest in photography... maybe some day :)I have a pretty good camera but could use a fancier lense and editing program :)

Felicia said...

Gorgeous! And what a great idea to use hands and a foot!

Tara said...

I am so making these this year. Adorable. Thanks for sharing. LOVE them!

Shari@aPsychMommy said...

I love it! The idea of turning the shirts into a quilt is also awesome--what a great "growth chart"!