It's official! Baby Nash #2 (and the cause of my lack of blogging) is a girl. I guess all of the old wive's tales about girls making mom sicker are true in our case. This pregnancy has been a doozy. We found out the sex the week before Thanksgiving, and I wanted to do something fun for the gender reveal at Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, it's pretty tough to do a Thanksgiving themed anything in pink or blue. No one wants to eat a blue pumpkin pie or find a girl pilgrim figurine in their stuffing.
Instead, we let Robert announce the gender with his outfit.
This was a shockingly easy no-sew project and was a huge hit. The supplies needed are:
- A t-shirt
- Scraps of different fabric. I used three types: the orange with gold dots for most of the letters, the leaf fabric for Thankful, and a Thanksgiving themed fabric that included the turkey and pie in the design.
- A quarter yard of Heavy Duty Wonder-Under (found at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
- An iron and ironing board
- Fabric scissors, both large and small
- Letter templates (which you can create using a computer print out and scotch tape)
- Heat the iron to medium high (wool) heat and iron the non-paper side of the Wonder Under to the back side of the fabric. Make sure the fabric and Wonder-Under are firmly affixed to each other. I found that I needed a good 10 seconds of heat to make this happen.
- For pictures, cut the design out of the fabric.
- For letters, create a template by printing out words using a simple, bolded font.
- Tape each word to the backside of the Wonder-Under with the print facing down.
- Cut out each letter so it is right side up when alone.
- Use the small scissors to cut out details, like the feathers around the edge of the turkey or the inner holes in letters like "a" and "e".
- Fully lay out the t-shirt design so you get a good idea about spacing and the overall look of the shirt. Now is the chance to redo anything before fusing!
- Peel the paper off of the back of the Wonder-Under. Make sure you don't inadvertently peel off the whole piece of Wonder-Under. (If you do accidentally, you can re-iron before removing the paper.)
- If the paper is hard to remove, use a toothpick to gently pry it off.
- Replace your design and check to make sure your iron is hot. Double check your spacing!
- Iron for about 15 seconds to fuse the fabric to your t-shirt.
And voila. A customized shirt. This craft project could be used for just about any occasion, but it will always have a special place at Thanksgiving for our family.