I am a BEGINNER seamstress. Up until now, in my adult life I have only made a few burp cloths (rectangle, nothing fancy) and a car seat cover. Both with heavy supervision from my mother. I did these completely on my own, so if I can do it- you can do it. I do suggest using a practice shirt first so you can get used to sewing curves.
For this tutorial you will need:
- Heat n Bond Lite (the sew-able kind)
- A T-Shirt of your choice, I prefer mine from Old Navy (better quality) or Jiffy Shirts
- Ribbon (I used a 5/8" Red Polka Dot Ribbed Ribbon by Ribbon Boutique from Hobby Lobby (item # 191700))
- Thread of color of your choice- I chose red
- Black fabric (I used a heavy shirt from WalMart's Craft section. An Adult XL was enough to make 6 shirts)
- This outline of a Mickey Mouse Head, change the % of the print scale until it is the size you want. I found 70% was good for toddler clothing, 100% for adult clothing.
Now, read all instructions on the back of your heat n bond.
Cut out your printed Mickey Mouse head. Cut on the inside of the black line or the shape will be off.
Once you cut out the head and verify it is the size you want, trace it on the paper part of the heat n bond.
Then, cut out the Mickey mouse heads after it has cooled, it should look like this.
Follow the heat n bond directions to apply it to the shirt where you want it. Most people put them on centered, straight up. I liked the heads tilted a little.
After you have finished applying it to the shirt, and it has cooled, stitch just inside the head. I used a contrasting color. You don't have to do it perfectly.
After you finish sewing around the edges, it should look something like this. (Please note that if you don't want to sew around the edges, you can just use heat n bond if you get the "ultra, no sew" kind)
First, measure out your bow. You will end up folding it in half 2 times(ish) by the time you are done, so figure that in to the length. I cut mine approximately 13" long for these toddler shirts, and they are a little big.
Fold the ribbon in half. If you want, mark the half way spot with a pen/pencil.
Now, fold each end over the half way spot. The ends need to overlap just a bit so that you can sew both in a single stitch.
Repeat on the other side.
Now, With Ribbon that is still attached to the spool. Start in the back (in case it frays) and in the middle, covering the other seams, wrap it around the center. DO NOT cut it until AFTER you sew (but you will want to cut it in the back. I did not sew all the way down (so that I could cut the ribbon in the back.
Now, you need to attach it to the shirt.
Figure out where you want it on the shirt. If you need to, pin it on so it doesn't move.
Lift up the top loop on one side. You will sew the bottom loop to the shirt (so the seams are hidden).
Snip all the thread ends off and you are done.
Here are both shirts together.
I plan on making some for our family as well, just a little varied. Look for pictures when I am done.