Saturday, October 22, 2011
Eye-belly Maternity Halloween Shirt Tutorial
1. Get a $1.00 t-shirt from a thrift store, or use one you already have. (P.S. Completely blank shirts work the best. I used a shirt that has a logo on it for my little boy --see at the end of the post-- and it can cause some issues if the logo is too big to cut out completely.) Also, cut out the eye shape out of one fabric, and the iris shape (circle) out of a second.
2. I took the sides of the shirt in a little bit too, so the shirt conformed around my belly a little more. Put the shirt on inside out and pin the sides and also where you want the eyeball to be. I put my pin just barely above my belly button.
3. Sew the iris onto the eye fabric. I sewed it on really simply, no stretch stitch or anything. I did quilt it a little so the fabrics were secured together.
4. While the shirt is still inside out, pin the eye face-down right where you want the eye to be.
5. Baste the eye all the way around. This was a super important step for me because the t-shirt was stretchy fabric, and the eye fabric was not. Basting saved me a lot of trouble.
6. After the eye shape was basted in on the inside of the shirt, flip the shirt right-side out and trace over the basting stitch with a stretch stitch. The basting stitch also worked out as the perfect guidelines while keeping the eye in place.
7. With the shirt right-side out, carefully cut out the excess fabric inside the eye shape. I liked the look better where I wasn't cutting it super close to the stitches. Make sure you're only cutting through the top fabric.
8. Now I added a pupil to my eye, and I used the extra black fabric that I just cut off the eye. I think it looks great and so fun!
In fact, it was so cool, that everyone else wanted one too:
This eye was on the back of my hubby's shirt:
I made all three in one afternoon, and I didn't even plan on making them all. If I had planned and organized it all, all three shirt could have probably taken me about an hour and a half. Like I said, so easy. Have fun and make your own eye-belly shirt this year!