So I decided to make one. It's raining like crazy, and is clearly not going to be a hiking or beach day. Commence sketching.
|Not too fancy. Easy to sew lines.|
First time at this? Give yourself two or three hours and a cup of tea to see you through.
If you decide to get into applique sewing, there are really not a lot of materials you need. The two main things are a basic sewing machine (zig zag stitch throughout) and fusible interfacing called WunderUnder, available at fabric stores like JoAnn's.
|Fabric collection ready with interfacing|
|The pieces to make the mixer.|
Peel off the paper backing from the pieces you just cut out, and arrange them on the shirt.
|Peeling the paper backing.|
Arrange, and iron the pieces on with an iron that is hot and without water.
|And here I assume that you own an iron. But you may not. Or you may be like me, and yours rarely sees the light of day, so when you pull it out your two-year-old gets wide-eyed and asks, What's that?!|
Keep the iron moving slowly. The glue needs heat on it for around fifteen seconds to adhere properly, but I usually go double on each area to be sure.
|Species of Vermont quilt, by RES 4th graders|
|Done ironing, now onward to sewing.|
Pin computer paper to the inside of the shirt (or if you have some, wash-out fabric stabilizer, but I never buy that actually). The paper underneath will keep the fabric flat and smooth so you have no puckers.
|Use a thread color that looks good with the fabric, but it doesn't have to match.|
Trace the edges all the way around. If it has a cut edge, go over it.
|All those extra threads will be trimmed later|
Here is what it looks like when you take it off the machine.
|Yikes, what a mess.|
|It will come right out.|
Trim off your extra threads. If you want it to be super durable, pull the threads through to the back, tie them to a neighbor, and then trim.
|After the haircut|
|Beep, beep, beep!|