I am THRILLED to introduce you to another MFTM contributor today. This Arizona handmade shop owner and momma to 3 adorable girls is so super talented and I couldn’t be more excited about her joining our team of creative minds. I found Shannon through Instagram and become instantly obsessed with her handmade goods…and then I discovered that she is one cool chick who loves her family, friends, cooking yummy food, and sitting behind her sewing machine. What’s not to love, right?! Shannon will be dropping by once a month as our Sewing contributor and you won’t want to miss her posts!
Hi! I’m Shannon, chief mama at HustleMama Handmade, my little line of handmade goods. Are you as obsessed with pineapples as I am? I made one of these cute applique tanks for my girls to wear with a breezy summer skirt!
It’s a cinch to make! All you need are: tank top, fabric scraps, steam a seam or heat’n’bond fusible web (easily found at your local hobby store), and of course scissors!
Begin by cutting your fabric scraps into rough shapes an inch or 2 bigger than you would like your applique to be. Give them a good ironing, You will also cut the fusible web into the same rough shapes.
If you are using the steam a seam brand, it is self stick on both sides, with protective paper covering it. See how they kind of separate on either side.
Start by peeling the side that comes off easiest and adhering to your fabric scraps.
Sketch out your shape. Remember whatever you draw will be reversed once you cut it out. Get creative! I use this method for my birthday shirts (numbers!), initials, other fruits, etc!
Cut out the shape.
Place onto your shirt to be sure it fits, and you like the layout.
Peel the other side of the paper off. See how you are left with that web on the back of your shape?
Apply to shirt and iron according to package directions to stick onto shirt.
Time to stitch down! You can use your machine with a decorative stitch, zigzag, or you can just use a fun embroidery stitch and sew the old fashioned way with a needle and thread!
Trim your threads and gift to your favorite girl! (Or yourself!!!)
Thank you Shannon! What an adorable tank! And pineapple happens to be my favorite fruit ever.
Be sure to check out Shannon etsy shop too!