FroYo, yo! (tutorial)

by ilene on October 10, 2011 · 3 comments

in sewing, tutorial

We had some friends who were contemplating opening up a frozen yogurt business so I wanted to surprised their daughters with cute little froyo shirts!  I’m totally loving this frozen yogurt fad, I could eat a large cup for breakfast!  If only froyo stores were open that early.  There is a place near our old house in Boston that had this awesome mojito-flavored froyo.  Pile mochi on top and I am in heaven!

The froyo design was appliquéd onto plain T-shirts.  This is a great project for using up scraps of fabric and mismatched “orphaned” buttons.  I didn’t have a pattern so I just drew one up with a sharpie.  I tried hard not to make it look like a big cup of doo-dee:

Cut out the pattern pieces with scissors:

Then trace the pattern onto your fabric using disappearing ink:

To help the fabric pieces stick to the shirt, I like to back them with Heat N Bond iron on adhesive. You just iron on the paper-backed adhesive onto the back side of the fabric:

Then peel off the paper. Cut out the pieces and iron onto the shirt. The heat will activate the adhesive and bind the fabric to the shirt:

For the spoon, I cut out a silver piece of silhouette heat transfer material and ironed it on.

Now comes the tricky part, embroidering all around the design.  This requires lots of patience and slow stitching.  I used a zig-zag stitch all around:

Here is a great tutorial on how to appliqué. It definitely takes some practice!

Now comes the fun part! Adding buttons, swavorski crystals and beads as “toppings”!  The girls love all things sparkly, so I wanted to add some bling!

And that’s it! Two unique froyo shirts for two very special sisters!

Happy Columbus Day, everyone!!

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{ 3 comments }

1 charityliz October 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

LOL! My favorite quote of the day: “I tried hard not to make it look like a big cup of doo-dee”. Hah! You are too funny, especially because they are nowhere close to looking like doo-dee!
So cute! Love these shirts!

2 Haley October 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

SO cute! I love these! I’m going to save it to my inspiration file…. I’m not sure I have the patience to sew around the top part, especially since you made it look SO good {i thought you used an appliqué machine at first}. They are adorable. Thanks for blessing us with your creativity!

3 Jen October 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

These are so so awesome! I love the “sprinkles”! Fro yo is big around here (TN) too, and I totally agree that it should be a breakfast food 🙂

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