Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Adding Zing to T-shirts with Crochet


I acquired this adorable handmade cowgirl and polka dot skirt from my pal Jennifer Ramos of Textile Fetish and realized I needed a top to go with it to give as a very special gift for an adopted baby in our extended family. So I purchased 2 plain tops, a black and a white long sleeved cotton t-shirt with the idea of using crochet to embellish them. I crocheted 5 stars in a white cotton yarn, which reminded me of sheriff stars and sewed them randomly on the black shirt. I got the very easy pattern here . I sewed each point on by hand from the back.

Then I made a simple crocheted edging to the length of the front of the neck and sewed it on. I figured that if I sewed it all the way around, it may not stretch enough to get the toddler’s head through. I found the pattern in a vintage crochet book called “A Treasury of Crochet Patterns” by Liz Blackwell that I picked up for a couple of bucks at a used bookstore. I’m sure if you look up crocheted edging on the web, you’ll find free easy patterns. And that’s it. I hope she likes it.

5 comments:

Carrie said...

OMG - those are so cute! Your description didn't really do them justice when you emailed. I knew they'd be cute, but this is really beyond - nice job. :)

jenjen said...

Those shirts are so cute! How clever you are!

Shanna said...

SO CUTE! I hope Leah likes to wear cute things like this. :)

-shanna (elysiumbound on flickr)

capitolagirl said...

Absolutely darling! The shirt paired with that colorful skirt is too cute for words!

Robin said...

very cute