August 24, 2011

Lollipop Shirt Tutorial-Two Ways!

My daughter and I love to sit together with the Lands End Kids catalog that I get in the mail and circle the things we like with a marker. I know it's pathetic, but we enjoy it. When it gets to the graphic tee section, without fail she will circle anything with sweets on it. The caramel apple shirt, the ice cream cone shirt, the lollipop shirt. So, I thought I would make a lollipop shirt of her own! I ended up making two different versions, one for Paige and one for her little friend Brooklyn. (The cute face below.)



Both versions are quick and easy and can be made with small scraps! Yay! Brooklyn's is made with scraps of old t-shirts.

And Paige's version is a swirly reverse applique. A bit of ribbon and tulle finish them off!


To make a reverse applique lolly:
1. Cut a scrap of fabric slightly larger than your design and pin it to the inside of the front of the shirt with the right side facing down.
2. Turn the shirt right side out and use a sewing pen or quilter's chalk to draw a swirl on the front.
3. Sew the fabrics together along the swirly pattern.
4. Use sharp scissors to cut in between each layer of swirly stitches.
5. Trim away extra as needed as evenly as possible. (Gently slide scissors backward slightly as you cut for a more even cut.)
6. Pin a few inches of ribbon to lollipop, folding under the edges, and sew on with a ribbon or tulle bow on top.

The curled-up edges probably won't appear until your shirt has gone through the wash. (Or not at all if it's ribbed knit.) And don't worry about the unfinished edges; they won't fray!




To make a scrappy lolly:

1. Cut .5" strips of t-shirt knit in three different colors.
2. Draw your lollipop onto the front of the shirt with a sewing pen or quilter's chalk.
3. Pin the first color on and sew it to your shirt along the drawn lines.
4. Pin and sew the next color right next to the first.
5. Repeat for the third color.
6. Finish by sewing on a few inches of ribbon with the raw edges folded under and a ribbon or tulle bow.

A couple of do's and don'ts...

DO: take your time sewing on the scraps of knit. Instead of racing like a mad woman to finish it, ending up with weird stitching....like I did. :O)
DON'T: use a dark fabric under a light shirt for the reverse applique. The brown on Paige's shirt shows through a little on the outer edge unfortunately. Oh well. :O)


I hope you enjoy them! 
Makes me want candy. :O)

Have a wonderful, wonderful day!
Love,
Disney



52 comments:

  1. Cute! This would be fun to make with my girl.

    x, Cassie

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  2. i am in love!!!!!
    so stinking cute! i see these in my immediate future!!!!

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  3. so swwet! thanks for the tutorial ;D

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  4. I love these, would it be bad for a grown up to wear them? lol

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  5. Love it! I have to try one!!

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  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  7. Disney, you are a creative genius, I love this post as usual!! Thanks for sharing! p.s.What cute girls!

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  8. SO cute, Disney. And the pictures are just precious. Your tutorials always make things look so easy! :)

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  9. Waht a wunderful idea. Great!

    Karin

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  10. Oh, I have been trying to think of a way to do this for ages! You made it much more simple than I had it in my head :). Such fantastic photos as always!

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  11. This is so lovely, I can't wait to make one. by the way, I love the photo in the top corner.

    craftedbymama.blogspot.com
    amy

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  12. Thank you Disney!! Trying those asap. And that's not pathetic- that's called fun around these parts!

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  13. how i wish i have sewing machine and do this..i want to try this also :) its a very nice idea :)

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  14. So adorable! And I love that orange fabric!

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  15. Guess I know what I'm doing (x2) when I get home from work today! Absolutely adorable!!

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  16. Seriously?? These are both wonderful - amazing color combos! Thanks for a superb tutorial, Disney - I am finally teaching myself to sew and this is going to be one of my 1st projects. Love it!

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  17. Super cute. I like the new look of the blog too.

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  18. I love this! I haven't tried reverse applique before, and this project makes me want to! :) I love 'window,' online shopping and finding things I love too. And sometimes, we're lucky enough to be able to recreate them! :) oh, and I like the new look of the blog!

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  19. These are both super cute! And I like the new blog look.

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  20. Love these! (except for the fact the lollipop song is in my head now).

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  21. Oh Snap!!!! I love it! Need to make 3 for my little girls.

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  22. I just want to say - thank you for the inspiration. Your blog actually helped me to learn to sew when I first got my machine. So thank you for that! And plus I featured this tutorial on my own blog today because it's so cute!

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  23. Oh oh oh! You've done it again!!! These are adorable! My daughter and I have just been sitting around chatting about what we can make for her cousins for Christmas....bingo!!:) Thanks a bunch for the sweet (pun intended!) tutorial:)

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  24. Cute! What is your backdrop??? It's so cute! Did you make that as well?? It's so ruffly!

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  25. OK, I love the shirts -- they're both adorable and I want to make some this weekend -- but what I REALLY love is that blanket or whatever that they're on -- did you do that? Love the gorgeous orange and bit of red, love the ruffles, love the "bold statement" of the whole thing.

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  26. Thanks for the tutorial and the advice at the end :) I can't wait to make these for my daughter and my nieces. They will love them!

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  27. Oh! The backdrop is just a yard of ruffle fabric. I LOVE that stuff. You can buy it at rufflefabric.com, they have tons of different colors. And thanks! I'm so glad you guys like the shirts! :O)

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  28. Made one for my girl last night! Love it!!

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  29. these shirts are so adorable! you are so talented

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  30. like the new look and tutorial. Thanks!

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  31. Too cute - and so easy! I have to make these for my daughter and niece!

    Darlene

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  32. I swear everything you touch turns out adorable Disney!! I'm so excited to make this for my daughter! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  33. I love your blog and inspires me to keep working on my blog.
    Your creations are fantastic and super original.
    Thank you for inspiring.

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  34. sew fun! thanks for sharing! my daughter and i like to do the same thing w/ the Boden catalogue and the Land's End one. I love trying to recreate, but I didn't know how to do the reverse one. So, thanks!

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  35. You are seriously the most creative person ever! LOVE these. Especially love the colors of Paige's!

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  36. I made these last night for my girls, and they are DARLING!!! They wore them to school today, and everyone loved them - I was even asked to make some for others. Thank you for such an adorable idea!

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  37. So adorable. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com tonight. Thanks for sharing your talents with the world!

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  38. I made this for my little girl. Thank you so much for the idea!
    http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2011/08/lollipop-shirt-tutorial-two-ways.html

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  39. My two-year-old just coincidentally asked me to make a lolly shirt! SO looking forward to making one! Thanks!

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  40. I tried my hand at doing a lollipop shirt. Thanks for the great tutorial! Check it out:
    http://wanibug.blogspot.com/2011/09/lollipop-t-shirt-tada.html

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  41. First, I LOVE your blog! I just tried this today. LOVE it! It was so easy! Thanks for such a great idea!

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  42. Just love this pattern...! thanks ..!

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  43. So lovely! Thanks so much! I've made one (you can see it on my blog). Merci!

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  44. Do you think i could do this with glue? say, fabric glue?

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