Patriotic Reunion T-shirts

I know.  I’ve been sewing again!  What is the world coming to?  We have a family reunion over the 4th of July weekend.  Each branch of the family is assigned a specific color and our family is blue.  We deliberated about whether to go family or patriotic, and decided to do both.  The H is for our family name(s), and the red and white stripes are patriotic.  I wouldn’t have attempted anything to do with sewing, if I hadn’t found some instructions for an easy and cute shirt at Little Bit Funky.
I’m including two pictures of my models/kiddos, so I didn’t have to decide which one I liked better.  Notice how those in the dark blue shirts had to spill water on themselves, just in time for the photos!
I got the shirts at a half-off sale at Hobby Lobby making the shirts $1.50 for kids and $2.00 for adults.  Yes, we get them two.  I just printed out the size of H I wanted (3 different sizes) on the computer to trace on to the fabric.  The technique I used is called reverse applique.  You sew the fabric on the underneath side of the shirt and cut out the t-shirt near the seam to reveal the fabric beneath.  See Little Bit Funky for instructions!
“Yep.  Mom’s lost it!”  He will soon learn the full extent of my insanity.
Here is another great shirt (that we almost made) also from Little Bit Funky:
This one is a regular applique.  I was a little afraid of the map shape + my sewing skills, and didn’t have wonder under on hand.  But either of these techniques would work to whip up a cute shirt for the fourth or any occasion in no time!
If you are going to print t-shirts for a large family reunion, I am loving the designs I found at Angela Hardison, via Oh Happy Day. 
In other news…
The tablecloth is, in fact, completed!  As long as I have my repairman (husband) nearby everytime my bobbin catches, sewing is easy!  (Maybe if I do enough projects I can justify upgrading my machine, someday.)
For some other fun bandana inspired projects check out this post.


Comments

  1. O wow, those shirts are a-DOR-able! Love that the troublemakers spilled water on themselves. So cute! We are having a reunion in a 6 weeks… I'll have to remember this!

  2. Jen's Paper Parties says:

    This is just adorable! I love the t-shirts and the Table Cloth! WOW!

  3. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com says:

    Such cute shirts – I love them Kendra!!! And I love the tablecloth so so much!!

    XOXO
    jen

  4. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    Love those shirts and the fact that some have water on them makes the picture that much more "real", if you know what I mean. The tablecloth is awesome too!

  5. pink and green mama MaryLea says:

    Kendra — I LOVE the t-shits and the table cloth is adorable! Have a fantastic reunion with your beautiful family.

    xoxo marylea

  6. SewSara says:

    These are awesome … your kids are adorable …. feel free to stop by my blog sometime :)

    Sara

  7. sportzmom says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I am so making the bandana tablecloth. I love it! Shirts are super cute too.

  8. Jennifer says:

    love how your shirts turned out. super cute! why is it that little boys always find a way to get something on their shirt right before a picture? happens every time. :)

    and the tablecloth is perfect. love it!

    jen@eighteen25

  9. Heather says:

    I L O V E these!!!! And the kids look adorable! Please check out my latest linky party at Dragonfly Designs! Thanks for sharing!

  10. You are so clever! I'm so glad I found your blog! The picture of your adorable kids just made my day!!
    Smiles!
    Jami

  11. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    Our reunion is 2 weeks after the 4th. We host it every year – usually over 75 people. I'd love to do tshirts one year too! Yours are just darling.

    Would love for you to stop by and link it up to Fab Finds for the 4th. http://muralmaker1.blogspot.com/2010/06/fab-finds-for-fourth-3.html

  12. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    Our reunion is 2 weeks after the 4th. We host it every year – usually over 75 people. I'd love to do tshirts one year too! Yours are just darling.

    Would love for you to stop by and link it up to Fab Finds for the 4th. http://muralmaker1.blogspot.com/2010/06/fab-finds-for-fourth-3.html

  13. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    Our reunion is 2 weeks after the 4th. We host it every year – usually over 75 people. I'd love to do tshirts one year too! Yours are just darling.

    Would love for you to stop by and link it up to Fab Finds for the 4th. http://muralmaker1.blogspot.com/2010/06/fab-finds-for-fourth-3.html

  14. Janeal @ decorative deals says:

    One word —- adorable!!! Those kids look so stinkin' cute! The shirts are great — thanks for the ideas.

  15. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

    I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

  16. Vanessa says:
  17. Katie's Nesting Spot says:

    That bandana table cloth is fabulous and what a great idea!

  18. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Such cute shirts! I love the map one too but I'm with you….I'm not sure I could sew all those little turns and bends in the map:)

  19. Anonymous says:

    making the tablecloth today with left over dark blue, light blue and red. don't have white so improvising…saw your pic and I'm inspired!!! bandanas are in the washer. I'm gonna iron them too and I abhor ironing!

  20. I LOVE the bandana tablecloth!! It’s super cute and so festive!! Brilliant idea!

  21. I had loads of problems withy bobbin too. My sewing
    teacher had me switch to metal bobbins (Hobby Lobby 4 for
    $2) and the bobbin problems were solved. You may want
    to try it.

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