If you read my post a couple of days ago, you may remember that I have been having a hard time deciding what to make for my son’s birthday party favors. I had thought that initially I would make star applique t-shirts, but when I couldn’t find the fabric I had envisioned for the star appliqué I needed to come up with a new idea.
Here’s what I came up with: funny face t-shirts. I logged into my stock image database and found some great animated face sketches which I digitized and turned into machine applique designs. On the bright kid t-shirts I purchased from JoAnns for $1.97 – I think this crazy design will be perfect. I’m still in the test stitching phase but all is going well… it better be, because I have 10 shirts to make by Sunday.
So the way it’s going now – I’ve got great party favors but no idea what the menu will be. I actually haven’t even ordered a cake! Oh the things I do in the name of embroidery.
I will definitely follow up with pictures of the finished t-shirts.
It’s free embroidery design Monday and being that I’ve caught the Texas fever – I thought I would share a little Texas love with all of my blog followers. Today you can download the Texas Longhorn appliqué design that I digitized a new a while back. The size of this design is approximately 5″ x 2.5″ high which makes it great for t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags and probably a lot of other things that I cannot even imagine.
If you’ve been reading along this with this blog and getting a little tired of Texas related posts, I promise this will be the last one for a while. But I have to warn you – I’m off to New Jersey this week. Who knows what inspiration awaits on the boardwalk!
So now you can download the file, make yourself a Texan shirt, and pretend you are a fake text and like I occasionally do. Oh did I mention that I love Texas?
I have been meaning to complete a long overdue birthday present for my friend, Alix’s daughter, Paxton. Pax turned four a few weeks ago. The date kind of snuck up on me but I didn’t want it to slip by without some type of acknowledgement. But what to make?
Pax’s older sister, Helen, turned eight back in January. For her birthday I made her an appliqué t-shirt with a heart on it which apparently Paxton has coveted. So I thought a little heart t-shirt would be the perfect gift, but I didn’t want to do the same thing twice.
Paxton is quite a little character. Alix has regaled me with stories about Paxton sneaking into all sorts of inappropriate places. A heart with a superhero flair seemed to suit her personality.
The appliqué design that I created for Paxton turned out very well. I used some fabric that I purchased at the Fabric Nosherie for the heart shape, and a simple white undershirt fabric for the star. The green in the trim of the t-shirt is reflected in the color of the appliqué fabric.
I hope that Paxton likes her T-shirt, but I also hope that it does not give her an inflated sense of her super powers.
Our four-year-old twin boy neighbors turned four last week and my son, Thomas, was invited to their birthday party. Lately, I have been relishing the opportunity to make birthday presents as I am trying to build up my library of machine embroidery designs. But what to make for twins? In the days leading up to the birthday party I was racking my brain trying to to think of something interesting that would be especially cute on a set of twins.
I reached out to my friends and Facebook groups for suggestions. My pal, Alix, suggested chicken and an egg, a monkey and a banana, and a few other great ideas. But wouldn’t it be odd for a kid to be wearing a t-shirt with an egg on it? I wanted a design that looked great separately and take on new meaning when put together.
My husband suggested a set of “eye” t-shirts. I mocked up what this might looks like. But reconsidered – maybe a little too weird?
So – at a loss for ideas – I decided to create something a wee bit simpler: the number 4 in a circle. I liked the idea of making a bold statement re: the new age of the twins. I also figured that this would be a bold, versatile design that might be of interest to others and useful for other birthdays.
Nevertheless – I am still stuck on this twin idea. What designs would look great separate as well as together? I would love to hear your ideas.