Friday, September 24, 2010

Halloween Shirts

I have always loved the look of "boutique" and custom clothes for my kids.  In the not too distant past, I used to always purchase each of them a custom made shirt or outfit for each holiday.  However, with trying to be a little a lot more frugal lately, I've had to resort to making them myself!  My first handmade shirt was Carter's birthday shirt (you can see that here).  For his shirt, I cut and attached the circle and the number 1, and then with my mom's help I sewed both on.  (For a GREAT tutorial on how to do this, visit my friend Jessica's blog - she will show you step by step how to make your own custom shirt.)

We are visiting a pumpkin patch tomorrow, so I needed to make some cute shirts for Emily and Carter quickly (Lindsey is way past wearing cutesy custom shirts - so sad but true).  I found some images online that I liked, cut them out, traced them onto some Heat n Bond, and then followed the instructions to attach them to the shirts (I couldn't find Carter a short sleeved shirt, and it is still super hot here, so I had to use a shirt he already had).  I purchased a $4 tshirt for Emily, and I had all of the fabrics already.  So, my total cost for BOTH shirts was $4!  Not bad!  My mom was kind enough to stitch around them using her sewing machine (thanks Mom!).  I used layered buttons for their eyes.  Also, for Emily's shirt, I added a few little embellishments to the bottom corner for some extra cuteness (kind of hard to see in the pictures, but there are is a little yo-yo and some cute buttons sewn on).

Here's how they turned out:

And I had to add this picture of my pretty Lindsey, even though she isn't wearing a "Mom-made" shirt - at least she wore a headband I made!

From start to finish, I think these shirts took around 2 hours to make.  I did everything but the sewing part during Carter's nap!  Easy and cute!

They will be wearing their shirts to the pumpkin patch tomorrow - pictures from that adventure coming soon!!!


Jessica said...

Super cute!!!! I love the bat you ended up choosing! And I LOVE Lindsey's headband...hope you add some headbands to the shop :)

Candace said...

These are soo cute! You are so talented! I wanted to let you know that you've been featured in my Wednesday post today! Have a great week!

this blessed nest said...

soooo cute!

this was on my list this week, but i have done nothing. i was going to put some halloween icon on a white shirt, but i am loving it on a orange/white strip seeing your little guy. hmmm... now i'm thinking of new possibilities.

thanks for linking up to the FALL FESTIVAL!


Sandra said...

I'm learning so much from these Halloween parties. I've never heard of Heat n Bond. I'm definitely going to pick some up. Really cute shirts. So did you sew the button eyes on or glue them?

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your shirts, and kids, are just adorable-have fun!

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