I have friends who I suspect will also have a little trouble finding named items for their children. Maybe that isn't important to them but I can be pretty certain that at some point one of the kids will want their name on something. Anything. Big or Small. Just their own thing with their special name.
So, when I saw the wonderful personalised name fabric designed by Shelley Aakjaer of ShelleyMade on Spoonflower I immediately thought of my friends' kids (and my unfortunate sister..…)
I ordered some for each small child and made them a pillowcase using the instructions for an envelope or "housewife pillowcase" that Shelley has on her own blog
|fabric is Spoonflower Kona cotton|
Each pillowcase has a contrasting trim near the top. For the lilac pillowcase I used a white cotton, and for the blue pillowcase I used a blue dotted cotton fabric.
|spot the fabric scraps and thread on the floor!|
I used the flatlock stitch on my overlocker to sew the sleeves and body pieces together for a 'sporty' look
and used a triple needle coverstitch for the hem and sleeves
Although the Spoonflower organic cotton interlock knit has about 25% stretch along the crosswise grain, I think I should have cut the neckband a little longer than the pattern piece. The stretch on the neckband has distorted the colour a little compared to the surrounding fabric and, unfortunately, I did not have enough remaining fabric to cut another neckband. There is also a bit of show-through of the base fabric near the stitching line.
Nevertheless, I am really happy with how this sporty tee turned out and hopefully it will fit the birthday boy for quite some time. I cut a size 2 because the t-shirts I made about a month ago will not last much longer for this growing lad!
A final little note about the personalized fabric. One yard of Kona cotton fabric was enough to make a pillowcase. I think the service and pricing that Shelley offers is very reasonable: she charges $10 for each individual allover design in the colour, size and style of your choosing. I certainly cannot be bothered spending time designing something like this - and nor do I have the talent to do so! - and am very happy to pay someone else for such a great looking product. Plus, Shelley answered my emails the same day I sent them and within hours I was ordering fabric from Spoonflower! I was so impressed I bought other designs….