Applique monster t-shirt
With this super-cute monster application you can perfectly decorate our children's shirts. The little monster wears an unbuttonable jacket, which hides a surprise underneath and will surely make all curious kids happy.
All kids like monsters! As you saw in our last blog post, I recently ran a workshop in which the participants made their own cuddly little mosters. We then realised this little monster icon would be lovely as a t-shirt applique. This applique is quick to sew and will definitely get the attention of the little ones.
T-Shirt with a little surprise
The particularly special thing about the t-shirt monster is the jacket...under which you can hide a surprise!
Fabric and components
For your monster t-shirt you'll need the following fabrics and notions:
- Monster template (large)
- Pattern for child's t-shirt, e.g. the pattydoo pattern "Paul"
- A jersey fabric for the shirt and fabric scraps for the monster
- A woven cotton fabric for the jacket
- Googly eyes, e.g. to glue on here, or to sew on here
- Vliesofix interfacing
- Fuse-n-tear stabiliser
- Kam Snap buttons, e.g. from Snaply
Tutorial for monster applique
Firstly you will need to prepare the jacket piece: transfer the shape onto a suitable piece of fabric and sew along the lines of the two pieces, right sides together. The arm holes won't be sewn separately however, but instead as shown in the diagram below. After stitching, cut the jacket down the middle and cut the seam allowances down to about 7 mm.
Finish the edges of the stitching and make notches in the seam allowance, such that it's ready to be turned inside out, which you can do with the help of a knitting needle or chop stick. Then iron the piece before top stitching around the edges.
Next you'll need to prepare the monster and heart. To do this, iron on the bondaweb to the wrong side of the monster pieces (without using steam), before tracing on the shape and cutting it out.
Then position all pieces on the front of the t-shirt. Tuck the jacket pieces under the monster and iron everything into place, using steam or a damp cloth.
To ensure it doesn't distort, you can also iron a further piece of interfacing onto the inside of the t-shirt front.
With the jacket open, sew on with a straight stitch (unless you're using a woven fabric, in which case, use a narrow zig-zag stitch).
Applique on the heart and stitch the mouth with a narrow and short zig-zag stitch.
Use Kam Snaps to close the jacket
Then close the jacket and top stitch the arms.
Finally, add the push button to the jacket and the googly eyes. You can also rip off the stitch-n-tear from the inside of the shirt.
And then here you have a lovely surprise for your little one!