Applique Star Shirts

Applique Star Shirts - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog} The fourth of July is coming up fast!  I just love to have the whole family decked out in fun red white and blue outfits!

Do you like to be unique and know that NOBODY will be wearing the same thing as you when you go out?  I don’t know why but I just LOVE it.  That’s one of my favorite things about making my own clothes and bows.

I made my boys these very patriotic star shirts using the fabric White Large Dots and Navy Dot Circles  from the American Valor collection by Timeless Treasures.

I cut out stars and used HeatnBond Lite to iron them onto my shirts.  I used HeatnBond Lite so I could add some hand stitching. (You can’t sew through HeatnBond Ultrahold).


HeatnBond Lite

Needle and Thread


2 Fat Quarters (different fabrics)

I just free handed some stars to use as my pattern.  I like the “imperfect look”. 🙂

I pinned my stars to the fabric and cut them out.

I used the same patterns to cut the stars out of the HeatnBond Lite.

Then I ironed the HeatnBond to my stars. 

The HeatnBond comes with instructions and it is REALLY easy to use.  I hope nobody would ever be intimidated by it!  It is so great to have around for so many different projects! You can personalize any outfit for any occasion! 🙂

I placed my stars where I wanted them and ironed them onto the shirt.

I used Hot Chilies So Fine Thread to stitch along the edge of the stars. I like how the fabric has just a little fray, I think it adds character.

So Fine Thread is very high quality thread and perfect for this project!

Applique Star Shirts - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Aww how cute! 🙂 

Applique Star Shirts - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I made a matching one for big brother.

Applique Star Shirts - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I had some very cute Fourth of July ribbon still lying around and decided to make my baby girl a looped ribbon skirt.

Applique Star Shirts - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Always too busy to pose for the camera. 🙂

The ribbon I used for her skirt:

1 1/2″ American Flag Ribbon

7/8″ Electric Blue Ribbon

3/8″ Red with White Swiss Dots Ribbon

3/8″ White Solid Grosgrain Ribbon

For her onesie I actually cut stars out of the American Flag ribbon, sealed the edges with a lighter, and just stitched them on.  They are small enough I don’t think they needed to be ironed on.

Learn how to make the Korker Bow with Krinkle Ribbon she is wearing Here.

Learn how to make a Looped Ribbon Skirt Here.

I can’t wait to show off my adorable kids on the Fourth of July!

I hope you have a GREAT Independence Day!!

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  1. Posted June 28, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Very sweet!!!

  2. Connie W
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I love it! You have a beautiful family!!

  3. Nat
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    So so cute! I just made one for my baby’s first birthday that says “I am 1!”, but I used spray adhesive then used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to outline the letters and keep them in place. Thanks for the 4th of July idea. I am definitely going to use that!

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