My husband is a baseball fanatic and a loyal Mets fan. He watches every game he possibly can. He's exuberant when they win, and despondent when the lose. (The past couple weeks have been rough.)
I try to be a supportive sports wife. I watch games with him, I go to games with him, and I even pay enough attention to know [some of] the players' names and positions.
Our only domestic squabble related to the Mets has been over John's old Mets shirts. He adores them. I have to sneak them away from him just to wash them. One of them he's had since high school. High school. The other is from his NYC college days, but it's seen almost as much wear and tear. I realize they're special, but I also realize they're NASTY. Even after I scald them, I'm not sure they're clean. Ugh.
I thought about getting him a new shirt for his birthday, but sports paraphernalia is so expensive. I can't justify $30-40 bucks for a t-shirt! And we live too far away from NYC to find sale stuff. Enter Plan B.
Sports Applique T-Shirt Tutorial
no fancy tools required
I was very lucky at our neighborhood thrift store. They had the colors I needed in the sizes I need!
All for $10.
This classy United Airlines t-shirt was my base shirt.
I knew the lettering alone would be insufficient to hide all that classiness, so I decided to do a white backdrop.
To make it extra snazzy, I decided to make pinstripes on the white background by stitching 1/4" seams across. (I used a special "three stitch" function on my machine....and then ended up using the underside.)
|John loves the pinstripe uniforms.|
For the Mets lettering, I first traced my design onto the matte side of the freezer paper...
|Whoops. The inside of the "s" was not drawn.|
...and then carefully cut that out.
With the glossy side of the freezer paper down, I ironed my pattern to the orange fabric....
....and carefully cut again. I decided against attempting to out the inner letter parts. I used a daub of black paint instead.
After the paint had dried, I lay the lettering on my background and smoothly pinned it down.
Using a finishing stitch, I carefully sewed my way around the letters. (Note: keep it smooth and pivot often. It's a sports shirt, so don't fret
if it doesn't look perfect.)
(I decided to round the edge of my background before the final step.)
I pinned the entire background to the center of my base shirt and edged this piece with the same stitch.
And there you go! John was thrilled. I think the pinstripes are his favorite part. (He thought the fabric had come like that!) I was exited to finally have a men's project. :P