Introduction: Summer Heart T Shirt

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The T-shirt challenge has inspired me to work with knits.  My new daughter-in-law loves knits.  I was disappointed when I heard this,  because I usually work with cottons and wanted to sew her some fashionable clothes.  I am so glad this contest was going on when my kids were visiting.  I have learned that knits are great fun to work with.  We found this t-shirt on clearance and decided to add some color to it to make it stand out. This instructable will show you how we accomplished this.

Step 1: Supplies

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2 Contrasting knit t-shirts;  one  with a large heart and one plain
Contrasting thread
Sewing pins
Straight edge
Puff paint optional
Sewing machine or could easily be stitched by hand

Step 2: Marking the T-shirt Lines

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Mark The stripes using a straight edge and marker.
Cut the lines.
Go back and cut uneven cuts along the trimmed edges as shown.

Step 3: Cut Square From Contrasting T-shirt

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Cut the contrasting fabric into a square shape at least 3 inches larger than the heart .

Please note:  The paper heart is shown just for illustration purposes only.  

Step 4: Pinning

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We pulled the t-shirt slightly so the lines would separate before we pinned the red fabric to the t-shirt.
Smooth out the red fabric and pin it to the t-shirt through all layers. 

Step 5: Sewing Heart Outline

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Machine stitch or hand sew the outline of the heart through the layers as shown.

Step 6: Trimming the Insert

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Turn the t-shirt wrong side out.
Very carefully trim the heart shape (using the stitching lines of the heart shape; as a guide) to  remove excess fabric.
Please note:I forgot to take  a picture before the lines were sewn.  

Step 7: Sewing the Lines

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Sew the middle of the lines of the cut stripes as shown. 

Step 8: Adding Detail

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We decided to add some detail by coloring the arrow with red and black detail using a black marker and puff paint.  

Step 9: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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My daughter-in-law and I had a lot of fun creating this t-shirt.  After making just one of these t-shirts we have thought of different uses that we will post soon.  We both loved the red contrast of the heart.

In closing I would like to thank  our instructables company, sponsors,  authors, readers, and members, for making this community a great success!  Many hours of time and hard work has been put into making this place the best DIY on the Internet. Have a splendorous day!   


Kitana Kellaway (author)2012-07-31

Love it!! Look beautiful i will totally make one!!!

Thanks Lilly! It turned out very cute and was easy to make! Please post a picture if you do, it would be fun to see a different variation. Sunshiine

canucksgirl (author)2012-07-05

Yay!!! Featured on the homepage! Well done. ;-)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-05

Oh gee thanks! We had a lot of fun making this t-shirt. I want to make some more but have so many things I want to make it is hard to decide. Thanks for the support and hope your day is fun!

susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-01


sunshiine (author)susanchen20112012-07-02

Thanks! I appreciate your comment. Have a splendorous day!

pecospearl (author)2012-07-02

Cool and such a pretty daughter-in-law!

sunshiine (author)pecospearl2012-07-02

Oh my thanks so much! Have a beautiful day!

canucksgirl (author)2012-07-01

Awesome t-shirt mod sunshiine!

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-01

Thanks so much! I will be making more things from knits! So fun!

scoochmaroo (author)2012-07-01

This is totally rad! I am definitely going to make this.

sunshiine (author)scoochmaroo2012-07-01

I embrace your comment! Thanks so much for commenting and have a happy 4Th!

theeoddname (author)2012-07-01

Brings to mind an old art saying that I've heard, "Sometimes it's not what you add to the canvas but what you take away."

Very cool!

sunshiine (author)theeoddname2012-07-01

Thanks for commenting! Stay cool!

onrust (author)2012-07-01

Store keeper / SUPER MODEL! Not all mother in-laws have a pinup girl to fashion their wares (No offense as, I ride the fence!)

sunshiine (author)onrust2012-07-01

Thanks onrust! I am in a rush to get more for the contest but I am stopping by your site tomorrow as the kids are leaving tomorrow! I want to see what you have been cooking up! Happy 4Th

onrust (author)sunshiine2012-07-01

Only "hippie steaks" :)

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