Thursday, June 9, 2011

Insanity is...

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then label me insane!
I’m working on gift bags for Mr.A’s 9th birthday and decided to make poke ball t-shirts for the kids.
Appliqué poke balls.

Uh, yeah—insane.
Every time I  appliqué on t-shirts I mess up the first one because I don’t use enough stabilizer. EVERY FLIPPIN TIME!!! You would think I’d learn by now.

The good news is: I did prewash the appliqué fabric first…good news because the red turned my white pink:
3 shades of pink--and the red still ran after the 3rd wash!
Needless to say, the red and white quilting cotton didn't get used!  I switched to a red and a white knit, prewashed, no running color...but it's knit and...

Bad news, I messed up a t-shirt because I didn’t stabilize…ah well.  It got me thinking that there has to be an easier way.

Stitching the poke balls with my embroidery machine didn’t look bad, but I thought they were too small.

Instead I premade these:

I’ll use a double sided iron on and iron them to the t-shirts and then appliqué the outside…process to be blogged about after the party on Saturday…overall, the t-shirts turned out great!  After the first two where I put the poke ball upside down (DRAT!!!).  My older kids were really sweet about that: "just add a couple lines to the shirt and make it look like it's being thrown!"  Two party guests will be getting that explanation!

I’m working on goody bags right now—last count 19 kids.  Which means I’ll be making 20 goody bags, because every year I miss someone—even after counting and recounting.



Anitra said...

I'm so jealous of crafty mamas :-). Great stuff! I wish I could do it. Thanks for stopping by my place last week and being my 500th follower. I'm following you now. Happy Saturday!

Regena said...

good job!!
I did that theme for my boy at about the same age.(about 10 or 11 years ago)
Made cupcakes decorated like pokeballs...easier than shirts.
Even made him an ash ketchem outfit!!
enjoy the party!!!! they don't stay little forever.

Erin said...

Oh my gosh! This is awesome. I have to hide this from my son so he doesn't ask for these. The party is on Saturday! No time! Great job! Everyone will love them!!!

Things Sent My Way said...

It is coming together so well! All the hard work will pay off! I'm following from the Buzz on By hop. Come visit me back!

Michelle @ Things Sent My Way

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel right now I am working on my sons birthday party right now! Cant wait to see how they turned out, thanks for linking up.

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