Saturday, February 19, 2011

No Sew Gnomeo and Juliet shirt Tutorial

(image from here)

Have you taken your kids to see this yet? I definitely recommend it! I've been looking forward to it coming out for months. We didn't go opening weekend because I hadn't made our outfits yet. So yesterday I finally finished them up and the kids and I had a date night. I love how they turned out. :)

I don't know what's going on with his face in these pictures but these are the best I could get so there ya go!

Lucas is Gnomeo.

Reagan's dress is by far the favorite thing I've ever made. I have a thing for gnomes and when I saw this Michael Miller fabric I knew that I wanted to make Reagan a dress out of it.

I thought maybe you guys would like to make your own Gnomeo and Juliet shirts. This is my first time doing a pdf so it's not the best. Plus it's hand drawn. Enough said. Ok on to the tutorial....

First gather your supplies:

Freezer Paper
Heat n Bond
blue and white felt for Gnomeo
red and brown felt for Juliet

First you are going to print out the pdf of the pattern. It's down there at the bottom of the post. Cut out a piece of the freezer paper and get your pencil ready.

Now trace the gnome hat, hair and beard onto the non shiny side of the freezer paper. You will want to trace 2 hats if you are making both Gnomeo and Juliet.

Cut out your patterns and iron them shiny side down onto the right side of your felt.

Flip your felt over and apply the heat n bond according to the package directions.

Cut out along the lines on your freezer paper pattern and remove both the freezer paper and the paper of the heat n bond. For Gnomeo arrange the blue hat and the white beard onto your garment until it's just how you like it. Make sure your iron is nice and hot and iron over your pieces. I find that with felt it's better to press, lift and repeat. So I'm not rubbing my iron around, just lift it up and lay it back down and press firmly.

Make sure your felt is all stuck on there. Keep pressing until it is.
Since the felt is thicker I like to flip the shirt inside out after I've pressed it right side out and then press the inside also to help keep it secure.

You can also stitch around your felt with your sewing machine to give it extra stability but I didn't here.

Here is the final Gnomeo shirt!

Do the same thing for the Juliet shirt but when you get to the point of arranging it on your garment make sure to overlap the hat over the hair just a bit. You can kinda see in this picture what I mean.

Here is the Juliet shirt finished. I couldn't get a good picture of this one, sorry.

Here are the kids and I ready to go on our date. I had a neighbor lady take our picture because I couldn't find the tripod. I felt bad for stopping her on the street so we weren't worried about lighting or trying to get a good picture. We had her snap one and let her go home. :)

Everyone loved our outfits and it was so nice to go out with my littles on a date.

Here is the pdf. Again, not the best...hand drawing is something I'm not good at, at all. If you love it please let me know and if you make a shirt of your own I would love to see it. :)

If you hate it I can live without hearing about it. ;)

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Birgit Kerr said...

Ha, how sweet! We haven't seen it yet!

Kim @ KimsKandyKreations said...

What a cute idea. Wish my teenage kids would wear something so fun.

Amanda said...

Happy Day! You were featured! :) Love if you stopped by!


Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

This is so stinkin' cute! I want to make one for my little guy! Stumbling this! :)

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Very neat idea! We took my kids to see this last week, my little guy's 1st movie, and just as I suspected, he couldn't handle it (yeah, not going to listen to Daddy on that one again) and half way through my son started playing with his Buzz Lightyear shoes, which talk. So, yeah, eventually I'd like to see that movie.

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Sharon said...

very clever! I am going to make my sons shirts, thanksd for sharing!

HereBeDragons said...

So my roommate actually has this thing for gnomes. (She even has a facebook fan page for her wee traveling gnome.) This would be a perfect gift!

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