For All the Little Girls Out There With Unique Names

by ilene on October 4, 2011 · 4 comments

in sewing

As someone who has a very uniquely-spelled first name, one of the great disappointments of my childhood was never finding shirts, mugs, keychains, souvenirs, etc. with my name on it.  I don’t care for stuff like that now, but for a kid, that was a big deal!!  I thought it was so unfair!  My name is also not very common (unless you live in Ireland!) and on the rare occasions that I found my name printed somewhere, it would be spelled the more typical spelling “Eileen”.  To make matters more frustrating, my twin sister has a fairly common first name and could find her name customized on everything!  I was at a baby shower at our church and chatting with a mom who was saying how hard it was to find things with her 4 year old daughter’s unique name on it  and my heart went out to her!  I totally knew how that felt! And then I thought of all the other little girls at our church with unique names and I was determined to remedy this and make them some shirts of their own.  This is when my silhouette machine came in handy!  I’ve already made lots of customized shirts before (read posts here, here, here and here) and its one of my favorite projects to do.  Just find some plain solid t-shirts from Old Navy (they are usually on sale at some point in the season) and whip up something quick with the silhouette software.

This shirt was for a sweet girl, Mckenna (aka “mackie”):

I added a small strawberry to the sleeve, too:

This was for her sister, Paige, with a small flower and button:

And a shirt for a cute little girl that everyone calls “Emelie Bumblebee”:


The bumblebee is cut out of felt and sewn with embroidery thread.  (note: for shirts with felt, you can wash in the washing machine but don’t put in the dryer or the felt may shrink up)


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1 Alex M October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

My name is Alexis and I’m 33 so when I was growing up, Alexis was not a common name and I could never find personalized items and some couldn’t even pronounce my name. I was so jealous that my brother had the name James and could find anything personalized and all I got was “#1 sister” or some other cheesy saying

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2 geekstitching October 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

I love the cute individuality of the shirts and I just adore the felt pieces!

xoxo Kim

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3 dannyscotland October 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

What a great solution to the name-your-child dilemma: many parents want unique names for their kids but are then frustrated, like you were, that they can’t find things with the child’s name on it. These are so cute!

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4 mrswayfairer October 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

You are so correct….I’ve NEVER found one with my name…NanDora, and yes, the D is a capital letter. and now my son has done the same thing to my granddaughter…her name is Amaera….gotta love the uniques!

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