When the new Mini Boden catalog arrives, my girls fight to see who gets to look at it first. They pour over the pages, arguing about who has "dibs" on each darling outfit. However, it is almost always an exercise in "window shopping" since the clothing can be a bit expensive...especially when shopping for three!
The girls and I seem to be drawn to Boden's bold colors and the simple, graphic designs. I particularly love their t-shirts...which inspired a St. Patrick's design for my youngest daughter, Isabella.
This t-shirt design is created using a kind of "reverse applique" technique. After stitching contrasting fabric to the inside of the t-shirt, you will actually cut away the t-shirt fabric to reveal the printed cotton underneath. While most of the Boden t-shirts cost between $20 and $25, I purchased my shirt on clearance for $2.49 (Old Navy).
When chosing your applique design, it's best to keep it simple. Complex patterns are difficult to cut out after stitching. You can use simple clip art, hand sketches (mine is included if you want to use it), or even cookie cutters to trace your stitching pattern and applique design.
Creating your own "Cookie Cutter Applique" T-shirt...
Feel free to use my shamrock design sketch if you like it! (You may have to adjust the size of the image to suit your needs).
A little favor in exchange...if you share my design with friends, please direct them to my site for the pattern and tutorial so I can continue to build my little creative community!