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.
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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.  
Love it!! Look beautiful i will totally make one!!!
sunshiine (author)  Kitana Kellaway1 year ago
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
Yay!!! Featured on the homepage! Well done. ;-)
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl1 year ago
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!
sunshiine (author)  susanchen20111 year ago
Thanks! I appreciate your comment. Have a splendorous day!
pecospearl1 year ago
Cool and such a pretty daughter-in-law!
sunshiine (author)  pecospearl1 year ago
Oh my thanks so much! Have a beautiful day!
Awesome t-shirt mod sunshiine!
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl1 year ago
Thanks so much! I will be making more things from knits! So fun!
This is totally rad! I am definitely going to make this.
sunshiine (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
I embrace your comment! Thanks so much for commenting and have a happy 4Th!
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)  theeoddname1 year ago
Thanks for commenting! Stay cool!
onrust1 year ago
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)  onrust1 year ago
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
Only "hippie steaks" :)

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