Saturday, January 16, 2010

How to Make a 4 year-old HAPPY!


I finally figured out how to make my 4 year old happy.  Make him a MONSTER shirt!  He was sooo excited that I was finally making something for HIM (and not his little sister) and he had a fun time helping me make it.  He helped 'design' his monster and he helped make the shirt a little too!  But, don't forget...there are key points in what makes up a monster.  Make sure your monster has....

....one GIANT creepy eyeball.  The eyeball is appliqued on with creepy red veins stitched in the corners...yikes!

.....a big mouth full of sharp pointy teeth (the mouth can also double as a pocket for little hands).  The teeth are painted on with velveteen paint that give them a bit of dimension, using a freezer paper technique.

......crazy 'monster' hands all over the sleeves (this is the part that Carson loved helping with...those are his hand prints!).  I used the freezer paper technique here also and traced Carson's hands on the paper and then ironed them on the sleeves and painted.

......and don't forget SPIKES on his head!  This is just big ol' Ric Rac sewn into the seam. 


Don't worry though, Carson assures me that this 
is a nice monster...phew!



I'm so happy with how this shirt turned out and it was soo fun to make.  I used Ashley's pattern, from Lil Blue Boo.  Her patterns are AWESOME!  They are simple and easy to use and she has finally solved the mystery of how to sew with knit...YEAH, HALLELUJAH!!!  I used two of her patterns for the monster shirt.  I combined her Sienna Dress pattern and her Hoodie pattern.  She has a fun contest, the 'Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge', over on her blog that I'm going to enter the Monster Shirt in...go check it out!  I've got so many fun ideas for these patterns in the works...thanks Ashley for these great patterns!



27 comments:

glor said...

I'm not sure who/what is cuter ... your little guy or the shirt. What a great job and as much as I love the shirt, he wins hands down, he soooo cute.

Alida L. said...

This is fabulous Lynette! I will have to make one for my little guy.

Jennifer said...

This is so cute and creative! I love that you used his hands for the hand part. LOVE IT!

Stevi said...

OH MY! wow...what an adorable shirt!! I wish I had the talent to make something like this for my kids!

La Tempête said...

SO CUTE!!! Good job.

just jen said...

that short is AWESOME!!

and your pictures are so great!

Caitlin said...

That is so creative! I bet it'll do great in the Lil Blue Boo contest!

Mary said...

That is AWESOME Lynette! And so perfect for Carson!

Angie Neil said...

Your little boy is adorable wearing his monster hoodie!

Kimmy C said...

LOVE IT and I know my son would too.

I would love for you to stop by this Thursday and link up with my What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up!

It is a fun place for people to find boy crafts, activies, projects - anything boy related!

seven thirty three - - - a creative blog

Amanda K said...

That shirt turned out so darling! I love it!

Michelle said...

That is so neat! My boys would love something like that.

Corey~living and loving said...

This is just too fun! what a lucky little man. I want one too. :)

Maggie said...

That is so cute, and quite fitting for my little 3 year old Monster!

Ashleigh said...

Oh my gosh, this is so cute and my little guy would love it so much. I will have to give it a go!

Ashley said...

Seriously...this is so amazing. Are you taking orders yet????

Kathryn said...

The shirt is awesome!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Thanks!!

fawnda said...

Hooray for BOY crafts! I love this monster shirt! SO cute! I was thinking of getting one of Ashley's patterns! You make have talked me into it! : )

Andrea said...

That is so cool! Makes me wish I was more of a seamstress. My boy would flip for it.

Wendi said...

lynette-what program do you use to edit your pics? The pics are awesome!! This coming from a wanna be photographer, now so much a sewer:)

Natalie said...

This is such an AMAZING entry!!! How cool that you thought of something so fabulous to do for a boy too - they are the tough ones!

mhooper12000 said...

Ok, I looked at all of the entries for the LBB contest and this is definitely my favorite! I hope you win...this is so creative=)

Jessica said...

I love this- I just voted for you!

Julie said...

Absolutely amazing! Congrats in making it in the top 15! I am so blown away by your creativity. Great work!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

This rocks! Featuring ot at somedaycrafts!

Jessica said...

LOVE this monster! Fun to have both boys and girls. I miss out on some of the girly side of things.

Good luck in SYTYC Monday!