Friday, November 30, 2007

Boy Oh Boy

In the midst of all my gift making, I wanted to share this one with you. I have a couple nephews on my list (ages 3 & 4) and find them not only hard to shop for but hard to make for as well. I am trying really hard to make as many presents as I possibly can this year so I really didn't want to give up and get the latest noisy scary gadget that's out there for boys. So I came up with the idea for this project - books with coordinating t-shirts and book bags. Books are one thing I never feel bad spending money on. I created a sort of play-by-play for you in case you're interested.
First, pick out a fun book (I headed to the bargain section at B&N)

Scan in a clear picture of the character. Crop it and make the background transparent. Sometimes this is easy, sometimes it takes a lot of time with you, your mouse, and the eraser tool in your photo program. I think its worth it to have a clear background though.
Print the picture on this stuff (in mirror format).
I try to put as much stuff on each page as I can as they are a little pricey.

Choose the fabric you want it on. I chose to iron it onto white fabric and then add that to the shirts and bags as a sort of patch. Iron any wrinkles out of the fabric and remove any lint, string, etc. before ironing on the picture. Follow the instructions on the package for the iron-on paper.
After this I trimmed the fabric and sewed around it a couple times. I decided I wanted to have the edges fray. You could always turn under the edges if you want.

Then its just a matter of sewing it on! I stocked up on these t-shirts this fall on clearance at Target (96 cents!!!). I would have rather used heat-n-bond to attach this, but I didn't think it would be a good idea to iron over the picture.
The book bags are simple, unlined, with serged seams on the inside.

And there you have it. Hope this gives you some ideas for gifts for the kids on your list. I've already got plans to make a couple more for some little girls!
P.S. It's possible I may have some copyright infringement going on here. So, don't try to sell anything like this. I'm hoping this gets the kids really excited about the books, so hopefully the author wouldn't mind too much.


Amy Jo said...

FANTASTIC idea! May even prompt me to go buy a scanner. They look great!

Jada2929 said...

Seriously stop with this. You are killing me with this cute ideas and projects! This is adorable!!!

Vallen said...

Pure genius!

Sarah said...

So cute! What a great idea.

Mary Ann said...

You have just created excessive inspiration in my brain!

Katherine said...

What a great looking and fun gift idea, Roxanne!

Raesha D said...

What a fabulous idea!!! These are amazing gifts.

amandajean said...

very very cute!
you have the best ideas.

Melissa Haworth said...

This is a great idea! Have you had any issues with the washability of the transfer stuff? I've been hesitant to use it--I had bad luck with it in the dryer once :( Let me know-I'd love to make these for b-day gifts!