Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blooming Quilted Flower T-shirts - Using your Sizzix with Material

Hello!  Who doesn't love a handcrafted gift, especially if it was custom made for them?
What does a one year old really need?  
Up popped inspiration and I decided to come up with this design to work on with my mom.  
 Hope you like it and try it for yourself!
Credit where credits due: My upline with Stampin Up, Beckie Kareck, created a tutorial to share with her downline on making Layered Fabric Flowers using the Stampin Up! Exclusive Sizzix Flower Folds XL die and the Sizzix Big Shot quite awhile back.  The original design was from Jill Olsen, who was part of pioneering Stampin UP into the fabric world and opening up so many other options!  Thank, Jill, for a great idea!
This project was made for twins on their first birthday.  Their parents are dear friends and the "Lemonade & Sunshine" party was fantastic!
So, onward, here is my journey with this project:
[Design outward] Fabric + Quilt batting + fabric [again, design facing outward]; Cut with Sizzix die; sew around the edge about 1/4" in= puffy flowers.  I did these using this techinique pictured below.  They are {coordinating} hair clips that I clipped to the bag for an added pop.  
The letters on the bag were made with My Digital Studio.  I just love that program!
Here is what we altered from the above idea for the t-shirt.  
I noticed the quilt batting was still visible.  Not a big deal but I was pondering about other options, when my mom suggested fleece since it is puffy [like quilt batting] but comes in a huge variety of colors [like felt] that could coordinate with whatever fabric I went with for their flowers.  Happily, it was on sale at JoAnn's.
This is what they look like just cut out.  Because this die has "scores" or creases, you can't cut as many layers and with some of the other dies.  I cut 2-3 at a time.
With the thicker fleece, I did 2 at a time.  Just lay it over the part of the die you want.  This die has 4 flowers to choose from.
Easy peasy and ready to applique as is, but we have more planned!
This is my test layout plan/idea of how I want it to look before the flowers were "quilted". Wanted to see how it might look.

Now I send it to my mom's because her sewing machine was already set up.  She loves to do this kind of thing.  I want to get my feet wet with sewing, rather than having my mom carry out my ideas.  I brought my grandma's sewing machine form Ohio that she & my mom made my baby clothes on.  Hoping to carry on that tradition.  
In fact, we carried the machine into my work area, got it all set up, only to realize the bobbins and threads and other necessary items were not on it and packed in some other box.  So she took the project back to her house to complete the steps needed.  Oh well, another day I will learn that.
So after she sews it, it looks like this.  I only wanted the bottom flower sewn to the shirt [and the rick-rack stem and leaves].

These are the other flowers that she sewed around the edge.  We did a funky color on purpose since the designs are whimsical.

I sewed the flowers together by sewing on the button.  I wanted the other layers to be more 3-D/floppy.
Side View to see the fleece that coordinates inside.

The completed sewn on flower.
over view of the completed flower.  I didn't use the smallest flower.  After all, it is for littles and I didn't want it to be too bulky.
Coordinating for the twins, and not exact, like the mama prefers.
Back to the gift bags, I made a tag with their lower case initial to hang on the other side [using MDS].
I added this little pop to the back of the tag and some glitter since everything could use a little glitter. ;)
Thanks for looking!  If you make one of your own, or have any questions, please let me know!

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  1. This is a completely cute craft! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower. I would love it if you came by to Greetings From the Asylum for a visit! :)

  2. I love your flower! I'm featuring at my 2nd Blogland's Fabulous Friday Finds. Come check it out!

  3. Ahhh I love the layered flower shirts! Too cute! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! Keep on linking great projects!

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