Monday, February 11, 2013

Handmade Valentine's Day Gifts

This year I decided on a whim to create a Valentine's shirt & coordinating hair accessory for both my daughter & niece. It was so easy and luckily, I had everything on hand to complete the project! For each gift, I used:
 

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  •  1 long-sleeved t-shirt, washed
  • fabric scraps in pink & gray (enough for a few hearts and rosettes)
  • Heatn Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive
  • misc buttons
  • thread, light pink & gray
  • embroidery floss, dark pink
  • alligator clips (for the hair accessories)
  • felt 
  • misc lace, ribbon, or beads
  • hot glue
You will also need an iron and a hot glue gun (for hair clips) for this project. I started by cutting out a few heart shapes in the sizes I liked. I then followed the instructions on the Heat N Bond to attach the heart shapes to the t-shirts. After the appliques cooled down, I used pink and gray thread to stitch around the hearts.

The following day, I decided that the hearts weren't enough. I added buttons to the gray shirt, and stitched them on with dark pink embroidery floss. To the light pink shirt, I added a fabric yo-yo made from the pink & gray damask with a button stitched on top, also with the floss.


Once the shirts were completed, I started on the hair accessories. For each, I used fabric leftovers from the hearts to make rosettes, yo-yos, and a ruffle. I added a ribbon heart (from my Etsy Valentine's clips), some lacy trim, and a clear heart shaped bead. I used hot glue to attach the various pieces to felt & the alligator clips.


Here are the two finished shirts and hair accessories. What do you think?




I had such a fun time making the shirts that I had my husband help me cut out a dinosaur shape to make a t-shirt for my daughter. Who says dinos can't be girly?


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19 comments:

  1. These turned out awesome! What a lovely gift idea. I have nieces, I may need to pull something cute together for them. Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy
    www.savardstudios.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! They were a lot of fun to make

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  2. These are adorable! I wish I would have made something like this for my little one! Found you on the I Gotta Create link up :)
    http://feistymom.me

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm going to check out your page now :-)

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  3. I always think of doing these things two days before Valentine's Day (or other *insert holiday here*) Lucky girls <3

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  4. How cute! I made my daughter and oldest boy shirts this year too, I just forgot about valentines day until yesterday, so the other 2 boys were out of luck. :( Good thing they're too young to really notice, but I'm sure I'll hear about it for years anyway. :)

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  5. What a great gift idea! I have all boys so no hearts here...but I LOVE the dinosaur!

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  6. These are soooo cute!! My son would think his sister in a dino shirt would be too cool ;)

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  7. Love the shirts! I think you should start offering them in your shop!

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    1. Thanks Lindsey! I thought about offering them, but since they are hand stitched it takes me forever.

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  8. That is so cute! Maybe you should add clothing design to your repertoire!

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  9. Cute shirts! Are you using heat transfer or did you sew the appliques on?

    Karen
    http://sofabulouskids.blogspot.com/

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    1. i used an iron-on adhesive, then did the stitches as a decorative touch.

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  10. So cute!!! I love them and you make it seem so simple to do. I've done a couple shirts for lukas but didn't go the extra step of sewing them on.

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    1. thanks! the sewing was originally for decoration, but after the first wash, i noticed that the stitching is helping it stay put.

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  11. Those shirts are adorable! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

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  12. Very beautiful & lovely post.It is really a big help. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
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