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Last Minute Birthday Sewing


HOW expensive are goalposts?

Even though they were half price, they still cost quite a lot, so it meant No.3 Son would only have one present to open on his birthday.

Don’t get me wrong, I know one present is adequate but it’s always nice to see a little pile of gifts wrapped up with your name on. I managed to buy three secondhand children’s novels and wondered if I could make something for him as well. 

He finished these long shorts earlier in the week and decided that the best T-shirt to go with it was this red one with a picture of a camper van on the front.

Hmm, two different shades of red do not an outfit make.

Rummaging through my fabrics, I found a length of turquoise jersey left over from making this sample Coco for my stand at the school fair.

There was just enough for a boy’s T-shirt using this pattern from issue 27 of Love Sewing magazine.

I wouldn’t download and print off a pattern for anything larger, but this was just nine sheets of paper which taped together very quickly.

My French curve came in handy for grading the pattern up to Age 9.

Just three pattern pieces meant this promised to be a quick enough make to complete in the couple of hours before he came home from school.

Some remnants of blind fabric provided the perfect motif to add to the front of the T-shirt and I picked the red one to echo the colour of the shorts they were to go with.

After stabilising with some interfacing, the free motion foot made short work of the appliqué – I sewed two rounds of stitching.

Embroidery scissors were used to cut close to the stitching and remove the excess fabric to reveal the motif.

The finished appliqué.

Maybe it would have been better to place it a little higher on the chest?

Full construction details, and the free pattern, can be found in issue 27 of Love Sewing, so I won’t repeat them here. 

Suffice to say that it was quick, easy and fun to make and the finish was faultless, though I say so myself!

The overlocker (all four threads) was used exclusively for the construction, with top stitching done on the sewing machine.

Apart from the white overlock thread.  It was all I had.

I also didn’t have the requisite ribbed jersey for the neckband, but more of the fabric that I used for the body of the T-shirt worked just as well.

A slight zig zag stitch was used for the top stitching around the neckline, both for decoration and to keep the neckline lying flat.

A straightforward one centimetre hem on the bottom and sleeve hems was the final touch to bring the project in under two hours.

All wrapped up and ready to open – a free extra present for one little nine year old boy!

At precisely 4.51am, a very excited little boy bounded into our bedroom….and was sent back to bed for an hour and a half. I know. We’re mean parents.

At 6.30, Take Two. He woke up everyone in the house (No.1 Son ended up going into work early!) and we all went down to watch him unwrap his presents.

First, his T-shirt….

….then Star Wars masks and light sabres from his oldest brother….

As for the T-shirt….well, it stayed clean for all of five minutes….

Author: sewchet

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30 thoughts on “Last Minute Birthday Sewing

  1. Bless him! It’s so great to see kids so genuinely excited with their pressies.
    I notice that the furred ones were completely unaffected by the intergalactic battle going on over their heads.

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  2. Wonderful hand made gifts to go with the big score – his own GOAL POSTS!! Wowser!! love the final action shot 🙂

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    • He was hoping for Star Wars Lego but that costs even more. He loved the goalposts though, as they spend all their free time playing football, cricket or some other boy game. The last photo was pure luck:)

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  3. Five minutes for a T shirt staying clean? …a world record me thinks 🙂

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  4. I’ve never had to give any consideration to the price of goal posts but I’m sure they will be well used! He always looks so happy – he has a great smile! I’d be terrified of trimming round the motif after sewing it on the t-shirt, I’m sure I’d end up cutting through the fabric by mistake!

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    • Up until now they’ve used anything they can their hands on as goalposts including, but not limited to, clean, white towels. In the long run this will save us loads of money! There is a knack to trimming around appliqués, I’ll admit, and I have cut through the stitching before but never the backing fabric, thank goodness.

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  5. Aw, a belated happy birthday No 3! He’s lucky to have a creative and resourceful mum, and one with a good eye for colour – his new t shift looks really cool with his shorts. 😀

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  6. That’s great! How wonderful. Hope he had a lovely day.

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  7. He is such a sweet little one. Lots of curls an adorable smile. You did a fine job on his shirt. It is super cute and what little guy doesn’t want Star Wars equipment? lol I hope he has a lovely day, Time flies by so fast. I am still trying to catch up on several things. Great pics as usual. Lot of love to every one!!

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    • Thanks Robin, I was so pleased with how the T-shirt turned out as jersey can be tricky to sew with. He loves it though, and couldn’t wait to go out and play football before school, hence the grass and mud stains already!


  8. Thank goodness you got him goal posts. Now he must practice and practice. England needs him!! Neat t shirt. Happy birthday number three! Remember England expects!!!

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  9. I love that action shot at the end! Happy birthday to your son. The t-shirt is great. I always get a bit annoyed that kids patterns don’t come in larger sizes, particularly thinking of my 11 year old daughter. I never thought to grade them up – that would be something new for me to try. Love the applique too. I must give that a go. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • If it’s just a couple of sizes, grading up is easy enough. You must try machine appliqué, it’s great fun and really can lift an item from ordinary to special. This would have been just another T-shirt without the appliqué.

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  10. Many Happy Returns to son No3!! (I’m sure he is well in the land of nod by now ;-)! ) What a brilliant set of gifts, a very special day indeed ! Your T-shirt is fab ~ and will get so much wear, I’m sure, before he grows out of it 🙂 I reckon I should watch out for that lovely smile of his, as the future England goalkeeper in the next 10+ years 😉

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  11. What a lucky little boy. I love the colour of the tshirt. It’s perfect!

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  12. Belated Happy Birthday to No 3 son. No, you’re not mean at all. 4.51 is way too early.

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  13. What a fun-fun shirt you made him! Happy -very belated – birthday to son no 3! xx

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