January 2, 2010

applique birthday shirt

My son's third birthday is today, and I wanted to make him a special shirt to wear.  After looking around on the internet, I found this great tutorial for a raw edge applique shirt at The Quilted Turtle.  I used it to make this adorable shirt for my son:

After a bit of searching, I finally found plain long-sleeved shirts at WalMart.  This was a good project for a first-time applique-er.  I had enough trouble with the straight stitch that I can't imagine trying to satin stitch the whole thing!  I think making cute little applique shirts may be my new hobby.  The next tutorial I'm going to try is this initial and star applique shirt at A Pretty Cool Life.  My son loves his new birthday shirt, and I just hope we can keep it clean enough to wear the whole day.  Thanks for looking!


  1. It looks great! I love the fabrics you chose. Thanks for linking back to my tutorial.

  2. I am going to make one, too! I found the Quilted Turtle the same way you did - searching the internet! Can you tell me what font you used? I like your '3'... my daughter will be 6 and I'm so excited to make her shirt!

    Do you have any other tips for me?