Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Trim The Tee Craft Along #2: One of A Kind Snowflake Shirt

Today is the second installment of the Sew Can Do Craft Along for the month of December: Trim The Tee.  Each week I'll have a new how-to for holiday decorating a plain t-shirt, using basic supplies & skills.   

Today I'm sharing how to make a "One of a Kind" snowflake shirt for someone special.  Use different snowflakes to make unique versions for the whole family!  
And by using felt there's no need to worry about hems or edges.  It's fast & fun, so grab the Trim The Tee button off the sidebar and let's get started! 

You'll Need:
- A blank tee
- 5in x 5in piece of light blue felt for adults & kids (use smaller for baby-sized)
- 8.5in x 11in piece of of felt for lettering
- Notions (ball point needle, thread, scissors, disappearing marker, paper, pencil)
- Options for lettering: Machine Embroidery (embroidery thread+stabilizer), Hand embroidery (embroidery floss), Hand-cut felt letters, Iron-on letters

First draw or trace a snowflake onto paper.  I found a free clip art snowflake that I enlarged, printed & cut out.  Then I folded it in half over a piece of folded felt & cut.  Tip: Using thread scissors really helps when cutting details and tiny corners.
Open snowflake and pin to center front of shirt (I use a yard stick to get it nice & straight).  
Stitch down the middle of each of the main lines of the snowflake.  
Then stitch along center of smaller detail lines.  Using disappearing marker helps to keep things nice and even in tight spots.
I chose to machine embroider my lettering, but if you don't have an embroidery machine, you can hand embroider with floss, cut out the letters directly from felt or simply buy some iron-on letters from the craft store.  
I have a how-to on doing machine embroidery HERE.  One thing I've learned is embroidering directly onto t-shirts doesn't work too well, so I opt for doing the embroidery onto felt the same color as the shirt and then trimming the felt close to the edges of the letters.  
This is so easy because you can do a word at a time - no need to worry about centering or spacing.  And because the felt is has texture and thickness, it adds nice dimension to the lettering when sewn on.  

Pin the words to the shirt as desired and then stitch all the way around each word, very close to the felt's edge.

Now someone can show off their One Of A Kind status in a festive way!  Great for baby's first Christmas or some sweet holiday photos.  And since it's winter-themed it's still wearable long after the Christmas & Hannukah season are over.  

Click HERE for last week's Gingerbread Man How-To:

Stop by next week for a new Trim The Tee Craft Along Shirt
with another fun winter theme!

I'm also sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES.
Click HERE to check them out!


  1. this is adorable! my daughter would love a snowflake tee!

  2. such a great idea for the kids in our lives! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!

  3. Oh my gosh!!! I'm crazy in love with snowflake shirt!! So cute and the clothes look brilliant!
    embroidery on t shirt 

  4. Sweet snowflake top. Thank you for linking it up at the linky party at http://www.finecraftguild.com

  5. This t shirt is so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    This weeks party is live. Here is the link to the party
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s
    Linda @ With A Blast


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