Twin’s cowboy Tees

2013-09-28 11.47.15I love twins!  While I have a lot of kids- unfortunately, there are no twins in the bunch. But, since my 3 and 5 yr olds are the same size- I’m dressing them alike!  I’ve embellished two tee shirts and added long, fringed sleeves.

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I’m starting with 2 cotton tee shirts that have been washed and dried.  The other fabrics I’ve collected for this project are a black bandanna, a red plaid flannel scrap and black single knit cotton.  For printing on the shirts I have fabric paint, a scrap of mat board, about 3″x5″, a stray button, a foam star stamp, brayer, and some freezer paper with a damp rag for the mess.


Cotton tee shirts


flannel or other fabric scrap for ruffle

fabric paint

foam star stamp

(mat board scrap, stray button, brayer)

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I spread the paint on the side of the mat board and use that to print a line down the center front of the shirts, re-inking between prints.

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I used my finger to ink the top side of the button, then printed it down the front of the shirt.  I used the mat board to print lines for a “yoke” on the back of the shirts.

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Using the brayer to evenly ink the stamp, I printed a star on the back “yoke”.

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I divided the bandanna in half with a waved line to give each half a corner to tie.  I sewed a narrow hem on the cut edge, and tied a knot in the corner.  Note- these are size 4T.  I think for a smaller size, a smaller corner of the bandanna would look better.

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I sewed the knot on the shoulder seam, tacking it before and behind the knot.  I made 3 pleats on the other side of the bandanna and tacked it on the opposite shoulder seam.  Then I stitched the top edge of the bandanna to the middle of the ribbing across the front of the neck, being careful not to stretch out the neck as I sewed.

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For the girl’s shirt with a ruffle at the bottom, I cut off the tee shirt’s hem.  Working with the size of the flannel scrap I had, I cut two ruffle pieces 1 1/2 times as wide as the shirt – about 23″ X 5″.  I sewed the sides together, hemmed the bottom, gathered the top and stitched it to the bottom of the shirt, being careful not to stretch it as I sewed.  All the flannel edges should be surged or zigzagged to prevent fraying.   I finger pressed the ruffle down and top-stitched around bottom of the shirt.

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To draft a pattern for the long sleeves, I took a shirt with a sleeve length I liked and laid the short sleeved shirt out on top.  Everything happened to be red and black, so it is a little hard to see.  Adding 1″  to the bottom for a hem, and 3/4″ at the top to attach it to the short sleeve, I figured the length.

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I measured the circumference of the sleeve, top and bottom and added a 1/4″ seam allowance down one side and 3″ on the other side for the fringe.  I use a narrow zigzag for sewing knits.

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I made a line 3″ in for the fringe, and turned up the bottom hem and stitched it, stopping at the fringe line.  I then folded the sleeve in half- WRONG SIDES together, turning  the seam allowance in.  I top stitched the sleeve on the fringe line I marked earlier.  I did not make these sleeves side specific.

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I cut the fringe area into 1″ strips.  The sleeves are turned inside out, and stuffed into the short sleeve, matching the seams.  You want the raw edge to be positioned lower than the short sleeve edge, so that when you turn the sleeve right side out, the raw edge won’t show.  Start stitching on one side of the seam, being careful not to catch the fringe, sew around to the other side, stopping just shy of the fringe.  That’s it!

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