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25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday…..Reverse Applique!!!

Happy day # 4!
Sorry this is late, but I had a very busy day today….and it’s not over yet :)
So, first of all…….ALOT of you have asked about the type of vinyl machine I have chez ma maison “at my house”.
I didn’t realize so many of you were SO interested :)
So, instead of continuing to answer all these e-mails separately, here goes:
I bought my machine about 3 years ago from Sign Warehouse as well as continue to get all my supplies form there.
The machine I bought is a monster called the Vinyl Express Qe60.
Not kidding, it’s big!
It hooks up to my computer and I design my stuff on a computer program and then send it to get cut, kinda like you would with a printer.
We got it so I could start my sign business and it’s been great ever since.
But…..
If you want to get a cutter to make cute stuff like this, I recommend getting a Cricut to use. It’s easy to use and can cut vinyl, paper, magnet, chipboard, fabric, etc. You don’t need a computer and a Cricut works just like a vinyl cutter.
The original Cricut is what I have and I use it all the time for everything! The expression is great too, and I’ve borrowed one a few times in order to cut things larger or smaller (cuts from 1/4 in~23.5 in, original cuts from 1in~5.5in).
But, most of the time, I only need my original :)
And you could go in on vinyl and supplies from Sign Warehouse with a bunch of friends (since they only sell in bulk).
Ok, now onto Freecycle Friday!!
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
Today, I whipped up these 2 shirts for my girls using some shirts they already had and just a bit of cute Christmas material.
I say “whipped” because this was soooooooo easy!!! It took less than an hour to make both shirts!
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
I started by figuring out the size I wanted the trees and cutting them out (5 in wide at the base x 6 in high for Aislyn who wears a 4-5, and 6 in at the base x 7 in high for Maddie who is a size 6-6x….the rectangles I just did what looked good).
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
Then, I turned the shirts inside~out and pinned the material face down to the (backside) of the front of the shirt.
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
Then, I sewed around the tree and stump.
I went ahead and ironed on some fusible webbing over the material to protect it from fraying and so it won’t be itchy for my girls.
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
After, I turned the shirts rightside~out and then cut out inbetween where I stitched, leaving about an 1/8th inch of shirt material. Don’t worry about fraying, if it’s jersey, it won’t fray and will curl up and look cute :)  If it’s regular t-shirt material, then the fraying will look cute!
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
Ta~da!
 It was so easy that I felt like I needed to do more :0)
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
Later tonight when I was out, I found these and glued them on the top with fabric glue (sorry about this pic, it was already dark).
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
Here’s some pics of the girls modeling them.
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
25 Days Of Christmas~Freecycle Friday.....Reverse Applique by NotSoIdleHands.com
As you can see, the smiles didn’t last for my little one….but a big hug and a few candies later and she was happy again!
Enjoy re-purposing you kiddos t-shirts!
Have fun!
About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

Comments

  1. Those shirts are AMAZING! So so pretty! Thanks for the info about your vinyl cutter. So fun!

    I am seriously lusting after a Cricut. Maybe for Christmas!

    XOOX
    jen

  2. So cool! Thank you!

  3. So cute!!! I might make my nieces some. Another great, affordable idea.

  4. Oohh, I love your girl’s shirts. I must try this technique :)! Thanks for sharing with us.
    God’s blessings, Sarah :D

  5. OOoh, I love these. BTW I am a brand-new follower. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  6. I hope I am not intruding, but I have to give a plug for the Silhouette cutter machine, I love mine. It was less expensive than the cricut; and can cut any font from my computer and lots of other great things. I have a few samples on my blog if you are interested in what it can do.

  7. Just darling!

  8. Just darling!

  9. I am in love! So so cute…

    Anne

  10. what a great idea! This is so much easier than other methods i have seen

  11. Fantastic!!! So, I’m new to your blog and I’m in love :)

    Where on earth did you find those star charms? Those are lovely.

  12. Adorable! I am totally new at sewing and here’s how mine turned out.
    http://deannag.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/christmas-crafts.html

  13. You have the best ideas and tutorials, thank you so much. I put a picture of the one I made on my blog today, with a link to your post. Thanks again!
    http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2009/12/tip-tuesday-reverse-applique.html

  14. I just made my girls shirts for Christmas using your tutorial. I blogged about it and linked back to you :)
    http://myfourps.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-outfits-sneak-peek.html

  15. cute, cute, cute, I am going to have to do some of these!!!
    Leslee in MT

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