Birthday Shirt

Birthday Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My little guy turned TWO a few weeks ago!

In our house, that means he gets a special shirt. 🙂

I was planning on just doing a 2 and maybe even embellishing it with a party hat, but then I saw this somewhere and I knew it was perfect!

Birthday Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I found a clip art image of a star that I liked and printed it out in the size that I wanted.

I also printed out the number two in a font I liked and, through trial and error, found the right size to fit perfectly inside the star.

Then I traced the star image on the back of HeatnBond Ultrahold. I also traced the 2 (backwards) inside the star.

*When using this type of adhesive, it is better to get the Lite if you are planning to sew around it. The Ultrahold is meant for no-sew projects and could damage your machine.*

Then I cut out the star, leaving a little border around the shape.

I ironed it onto some left over scrap from my Car Seat Tent, the Blue Mini Dot in All Star 2 by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake fabric. (I love it!)

Then I cut out the shapes completely, including the 2 inside the star.

I removed the backing on the HeatnBond and placed my shape onto a regular cotton shirt. And then I ironed according to the directions.

You can stop here, or add stitching around like I did. If you decide to do stitching like I did, you may need a stabilizer. This would assist in keeping the shirt from puckering.

After the shirt was ready, I ironed the stabilizer on the inside of the shirt, then turned it right side out and prepared to stitch.

I used a zig-zag stitch at about a 3 1/2 width setting and just a little bit of length. Definitely practice on a scrap piece of cloth to make sure it looks okay.

I used this stitch all around the edges (it is quite hard to do! Well for me at least, but I love the look of it.)

Once you’re done, tear off the stabilizer on the back and you have an awesome birthday shirt!

Of course, you can use this technique for any occasion or shape or on any fabric surface.

It is very easy and super fun!

And my little guy loved it! 🙂

Birthday Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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  1. Brittany
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Ryan is so dang cute! And I love his birthday shirt!

  2. Allison
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Hey, cute shirt! I would like to caution you on heat n bond ULTRA. You aren’t supposed to sew with it. Its meant to hold without the stitching. It will gum up your machine and possibly damage it. Heat n bond lite is meant to sew around.

    • Shirley
      Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Allison! I will make that note on the post.

  3. Susan Chase
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    good job Mom and he is adorable.

  4. Lori
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    CUTE! What is stabilizer? You are right, stitching around an object is hard. I made shamrock shirts for my little girls a few weeks ago and the t-shirt material always wants to pucker. I am planning to make birthday shirts with matching tutus soon. I can’t wait to try your tutu tutorial.

    • Shirley
      Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Lori – You can find stabilizer in the same section where you would find the packages of interfacing and fusible web. Look for tear-away stabilizer, and you should be able to find it. 🙂 And the birthday outfits sound SO adorable!!! Good luck!

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