Ribbon Shamrock Shirt

When a holiday rolls around and you are a crafter, you HAVE to craft something for your little ones.
No if’s, and’s or but’s about it!

Although, I did see some super cute shirts at my favorite kids clothing store, and I passed since I had already got my supplies for this project. 🙂

I love how it turned out!

The shirt that I was using for this craft disappeared. I have to run to Hobby Lobby and get another one, but I have this cute onesie for you! Both of my boys will be adorning this cute shamrock.

This is a super easy craft that you can do with leftover scraps
just in the nick of time for St. Patrick’s Day!

– Supplies –

1 1/2″ Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in Emerald and Lemongrass 15″ long each
Piece of fabric
Heat N Bond Lite
Evergreen So Fine! Superior Threads
Fray Check or lighter
Pen or Pencil
Shirt or Onesie

The first step is to print out your shamrock.

I find my images from I type in shamrock clip art and then choose my favorite shape.

Copy and paste the image to a writing document. There you can resize it to what you’d like.

Get your shirt or onesie out so you can make sure your shamrock size is perfect.

Print out your shamrock and cut out the shape with your regular scissors.

Cut out three pieces of each color of your ribbon. Each piece measures about 5″.
Don’t worry about sealing your ends.

Cut out strips of your Heat N Bond Lite to place on the back of the ribbon.
(You can see where my Heat N Bond is, so I suggest cutting it as close to the ribbon shape as possible.)

Lay your Heat N Bond with the glue part facing the ribbon.
Iron for about three seconds.

Peel the paper off of the Heat N Bond.

Place your ribbon in a criss-cross design on your piece of fabric
with the glue part facing down.

Iron the ribbon to your fabric. Press for about 15 seconds.

Cut out the ribbon from your piece of fabric.

Cut out a piece of Heat N Bond a little smaller than your ribbon “square”.

Iron the Heat N Bond to the back of the fabric.

Take your shamrock image and place it on the Heat N Bond paper.
This is the back of the ribbon.

With a pen, trace around your shamrock image.
Be aware of what your pattern will look like on the front after it’s cut.

Cut out the shamrock.

Take the Heat N Bond paper off the back of the shamrock.

Seal the ends of the ribbon.
The best way to do this is with Fray Check. I used a lighter, but a few places still easily unraveled.

Place your ribbon shamrock on your shirt or onesie.
Play around with the placement. I ended up turning mine a little bit.

Iron your shamrock to your shirt or onesie.
Like before, press for about 15 seconds or secure.

Now we’re ready to do some stitching!

Take a scrap piece of fabric and test out your stitch.
We will be using a tight zig zag stitch. There is a wide range of what looks cute, I think.

Place your thread in your machine and start stitching at the stem.

The stitches will be right outside the edge of the ribbon to the inside.
Use the edge of the ribbon as your guide.
Make sure to back stitch.

Go slowly and give yourself lots of patience. 🙂
Practice makes perfect; I still have a little ways to go.

Here is what the bottom of the stem will look like.

Here is another picture to show you where the needle hits on the inside of the ribbon edge.

One little tip is when you get to the end of a line, keep going just a little bit.
Then turn your needle to where you ended, but line up with the new line.
You will probably have to lift your foot and needle to move it to it’s new spot.

When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute stitched ribbon appliqued shamrock!

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

I’ll be working on another one for my almost three-year-old (He’ll be three next tuesday! How time flies!) so you have plenty of time to whip one up for the little cuties in your life.

If not, an Easter egg shape with different kind of ribbon would be too cute! 🙂

Idea Inspiration Leafy Treetop Spot

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  1. Posted March 15, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    That is super cute!!!

  2. Carla
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    So cute!! Thanks for this idea!!

  3. Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    This applique is SO adorable! And refreshingly different than anything I’ve seen in awhile!! Great job:) Love it!

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