Last year for Jack's first 4th of July, I made him this potato stamped onesie. This year I decided I'd make him one of those cute necktie applique shirts that are all over Etsy right now. I had gotten this stars and stripes fabric in the bundle I got back at Mother's Day. When I first saw it, I didn't know if I would ever use it, so I was glad to find a good project to use it on! It's definitely vintage, which makes me happy. This was a fairly easy project - I had a few hiccups with my sewing machine along the way, but nothing I couldn't work through.
I snapped this quick pic of Jack in his new shirt. I didn't like the seeing my cluttered craft room in the background, so I changed it out to something more festive. :)
Here's how to make the shirt:
First gather your supplies - t-shirt, fabric, scissors and an iron-on adhesive such as Heat-n-Bond Lite.
Cut the two shapes for the tie out of card stock. Trace the shapes onto the paper side of the Heat-n-Bond. Then iron the Heat-n-Bond to the wrong side of your fabric following the directions on the package. A little note on the Heat-n-Bond - If you plan to sew around the edges of the fabric to finish it as I have done here, you definitely want to use "Lite". It will work much better with your sewing machine. For a no-sew option, use "UltraHold". With UltraHold, once you iron on your design, it should hold without sewing around the edges (I've never tried it though, so you may want to do a test piece first.)
Once you've attached the Heat-n-Bond, cut out your shapes and peel off the backing.
Iron the shapes to the shirt according to the directions. Next you'll need to finish the edges with stitching (if using Lite). I chose to zig zag around the edges with my machine, but you can do it by hand if you prefer. A word to the wise: don't forget to open up the shirt as you sew so you don't catch the back side in your stitches. Yes - I made this mistake and almost sewed the entire front to the back! What can I say? I had a 17 month old hanging on my leg, so I was a little distracted. I finally managed to sew around all the edges correctly and DONE! I thought this was a really fun, quick project.