I created today's project especially for my 6yr old son, Declan. Even though we're not Irish, we gave him a very traditional Irish name, so St. Patrick's Day is a special day for our little guy. Now he's got something special to help celebrate: the Plenty O'Luck Shamrock Shirt.
The applique shamrock is made from smaller shamrocks for a fun, textured feel. And who couldn't use the extra luck from so many four leaf clovers? Here's how to make it -
- White t-shirt
- Green felt
- Sewing Notions (matching thread, pins, shears, sewing machine, ball point needle, disappearing marker)
- Optional: Cuttlebug/die cutter machine & 4 blossom flower die, hand sewing needle
First draw out the shamrock design on the shirt. I used a glass and traced it with my disappearing marker to make four connecting circles like this:
Next the shamrocks need to be cut. I cut about 55 shamrocks that were 1.5in in diameter. This can be done by hand, but using a die cutter like my Cuttlebug makes this go A LOT faster.
I used a die for a four petaled flower and just rounded off the tips:
I also hand cut a curved stem out of felt:
Lay out the shamrocks, starting at the outline and layering edges until reaching center, so the shirt can't be seen underneath:
Pin shamrocks into place and add stem, tucking the top end under the clovers:
Stitch the stem into place close to the edges:
Now there are two options for sewing the shamrocks in place with matching colored thread:
- Hand sew each one on with a few stitches in the center.
- Machine stitched with ball point needle.
I wanted these to really stay on well, and do it quickly, so I used my machine. Slide the front of the shirt over the free arm and starting at the outer edge of one side, stitch 3 straight stitches & backstitch over them on each shamrock.
Doing it this way gives a nice layered look that isn't too "patterned". I also added a single light green clover in the center for a little extra detail:
Perfect for adding a bit of extra luck to the day!
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