Thursday, October 29, 2009

Argyle Shirt Tutorial

Plain shirts are
so boring.
Argyle shirts are
so cool.

Add a little funk to your kiddos wardrobe
with a little argyle action.

Instant cuteness.

-A plain t shirt or onesie
-scrap fabric (I used a piece of an old t shirt)
-Embroidery floss
-Sewing needle and sewing machine

Step 1:
Cut a diamond shape out of a piece of scrap card stock to use as your pattern.
Mine was around 3 inches long and 1 3/4 inches wide.

Step 2:
Trace 4 diamonds onto your piece of scrap fabric

and cut out.

*I used an old t shirt scrap to make my diamonds so they wouldn't fray when washed.

Step 3:
Pin the diamonds, side by side, along the front of your shirt.

Step 4:
Sew in place.

*If I did this over again I would use Steam a Seam to attach the diamonds to the shirt first and then sew over them to secure. The extra step would prevent them from curling and moving and make them much easier to sew.

Step 5:
Using your diamond pattern, trace 3 diamonds (in between the fabric diamonds) side by side with a water soluble pen.

Step 6:
Pick out a fun color embroidery floss
spend 20 minutes trying to thread it through your sewing needle
(or is that just me?)

and stitch over the pattern you just drew.

Remove the pen pattern with some water and


Your finished!

Try it on your little boy (or girl) and
"Oooo" and "Ahhh" about how cute they are!

Then pat yourself on the back
because you just made a super cool shirt all by yourself!


Kari Sweeten said...

Fabulous idea!! I'll be featuring today!

Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

So cute! I'm totally going to make one for a baby shower gift!

Cari said...

Came over from Ucreate. BEYOND ADORABLE!! I have thought of doing this for my son but I was trying to make it so complicated. You have saved me from myself! I saw a store bought shirt with the design going vertical down one side and that was cute too. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

I'm so glad you featured a new "boy" idea. I am always making stuff for my niece but seem to be stumped when it comes to making stuff for my nephew...thanks for the post!! Love it!!

Andrea said...

Love it! hopped on over her from ucreate. Adding you to my reader.

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

So cute! I'm always looking for something to do with those leftover tshirt scraps I refuse to throw away...this is it!

Unknown said...

So cute and creative!!!

Trace and Sarah said...

Love it! My son must have one!! Thanks for the weekend project idea!

Tegan | Celebrate Twelve13 said...

I LOVE this idea! That will be perfect to make for my son's golf-themed first birthday. :)

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

That is so cute- and it looks like something I could actually accomplish, which is also a plus!!

Andrea said...

He's so cute! What a great idea. I'm totally seeing this in a cute little girly version!

Amy said...

I love argyle! So cute!

Beth- the mama bee said...

I love the look of argyle and it's so impressive. Here's one I did a while back.

Carole Powell said...

ahhhh! this is so cute! I'm going to have to try to duplicate this!

Unknown said...

Just popped over from UCreate - LOVE this!! Love, love, love it! I will totally be trying this out!

Valerie said...

Fabulous idea! I have filed it away at

Thanks so much for sharing!

Jess said...

LOVE it! Seriously so cute!!

--Jess @

Twiddle Thumbs said...

Such a clever idea!
Love it!

Pat Anzanello said...

Really cute!

Thisismyname said...

Fabulous idea with good, concise and clear instructions!!!

I also like Cari's idea of doing the argyle vertically.

I plan to make this for my niece and nephew! My teenage daughter will probably want one too!


Angie said...

Super Cute!

Tegan | Celebrate Twelve13 said...

I used your tutorial (and linked back to you) and I love how the shirt turned out! Thanks :)

Unknown said...

i just got my sewing machine out of storage and can't wait to try something like this! very cute!


aidam said...

wow! i loved it !

cool shirts

Lisa said...

I happened to come across this today and think it's so cute! I'd love to try it for my son. Thanks for sharing!