Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Abstract flower applique t-shirt with corded detail

My son was invited to a friend's birthday party. She was turning nine. Always looking for an opportunity to make some girl's clothes, I decided a home-made present was in order!

I used a bought t-shirt. A circle was cut from pretty tie-dye fabric which I had ironed on to some interfacing (I think it's easier to iron on the interfacing before cutting out the shape). I stitched the circle on to the t-shirt and then used some multicoloured embroidery thread in pinks and oranges to embellish the design.

My Bernina machine has a cording foot (I think that's what it is called) with a small hole that holds the embroidery thread in position while the machine zig-zags over it. This creates a very neat finish, but you can use an ordinary foot and just go slowly.

I just did a messy spiral shape which spilled on to the t-shirt fabric.

I left long strands of embroidery thread at the beginning and end and attached beads.

I also made a matching birthday card by sewing on a circle of applique fabric. Unfortunately I didn't have a girl to model this and my son wasn't having a bar of the idea!

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