Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rain Cloud T-Shirt Applique (Free Pattern & Tutorial)

Last week I had the privilege of being a pattern tester for Rae's new Flashback Tee.  It's a wonderfully easy pattern and such a comfy, cozy fit on my funny, skinny 2 1/2 year old.

Edited to add: The pattern is now available for sale!  Find it HERE on Rae's site.

The pattern is written for knit yardage, but being the cheapskate awesome recycler I am, I just raided my stash of old-t-shirts to use instead.  Quite honestly, my stash has gotten out of control with the addition of several piles of goodies friends have given me over the past few months (Thanks friends!), so it was time to finally put some more of the old tees to good use.

Since I could tell from the outset (i.e. reading through the pattern a grand total of once) that it was going to be a really fast, easy sew, I decided to add a little something to the boring gray shirt to make it, ya know, un-boring.

This simple little rain cloud design had been bumping around in my head for the past several months, so I thought it was time to finally let it loose.

It turned out really fun, Olivia loves is, and it was such a quick and easy addition to make to this already quick and easy shirt.

Find the free printable Rain Cloud Pattern (& rain drops, of course) and a little how-to after the jump!

Okay, are you ready for some of the easiest sewing ever?
Good!  Let's go!

Step 1: Print & cut pattern

First up, print out a copy of the Rain Cloud Pattern.  (Click here to view and print.)
Use the 1" mark to make sure the pattern printed to scale.

Cut out the rain cloud and rain drop pattern pieces.

Step 2: Cut pieces from fabric

Grab a couple of old t-shirts and cut out your pattern pieces.

I cut...

  • 1 Cloud from a white t-shirt
  • 7 Rain Drops from a light blue t-shirt

Shirt body pieces were cut from the gray t-shirt shown above.

Step 3: Pin Cloud & Rain Drops on shirt front

Position the cloud where you'd like it to be on your shirt and pin in place.

Add the rain drops and pin in place.

Step 4: Sew on Cloud & Rain Drops

Using an 1/8" seam allowance, sew around the cloud and each of the rain drops using a regular straight stitch.  
Make sure to backstitch as you start and stop on each piece.


Aaaand... you're done!

This little pattern worked great on the 3T tee I made for Olivia, but I'm sure it would also be plenty easy to sew on to a ready-made tee too.

I went traditional with colors this time, but I'd love to see some fun, crazy colored rain clouds.  Be creative!

Pssst!  Pair this t-shirt with this fun printable Weather Matching Game!

We use the weather terms and pictures from this game on our preschool calendar.
Olivia loves putting up the weather for each day.  It's because we talk about the weather in preschool every day that she loves her "cloudy" shirt so much!  :)

The end.  :)


Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Olivia is totally cute! And this post made Becca want to watch Olivia videos. In Becca's mind the computer is only for two and Olivia videos.

Kathy Haynie said...

The shirt is adorable. Love those little braids!

BeccaMarie said...

I love that you used knit. It looks clean and very not frayed-edgy :)

SewJillian said...

Cute, cute, cute!

Meagan said...

Soo Cute! I was directed here from Made-by-Rae and I love the flashback tees you've made. I also noticed that you have several posts where you're daughter has her hair done with the double french braids with barrettes at the top. My 20 month old has hair as long (or longer) than your daughters and I'm always looking for ways to keep it out of her face. Any tips on this hair style? Is there some "This is how I do Olivia's Hair" post I should be checking out? Thanks in advance!