March 25, 2011

Frayed Train T-shirt - with Tutorial

March 25, 2011

Here's a great project for your little train lovin' boy.


What do you need?

Train Template - Engine and 6 cars
Fabric Scraps
Fabric marking pen
Wonder Under (iron on fabric adhesive)
Lots of Buttons

1. Trace your patterns onto the Wonder Under iron on adhesive.

2. Cut them out.

3. Iron each piece onto the wrong side of different scraps of fabric. I used canvas and heavy cotton fabrics that fray well.

4. Cut out each piece about 1/4 inch outside of the Wonder Under border.

5. Turn over your freshly cut train pieces and use your pattern to draw the train shape on the right side of the fabric using a washable or disappearing ink. I love my "Mark-B-Gone" marker for these types of projects. For dark fabrics you can use a white colored pencil or chalk.  

6. Arrange your train on the t-shirt and iron it down according to the manufacturer's directions.

Continue onto the back of the t-shirt.

7. With contrasting thread, sew around each train car on the line you marked earlier.  I made the mistake of using matching thread and i had to go back and re-sew the train edges so you could make out the train shape.

8. Fray it. Use your fingers or a nylon brush to gently fray the edges. Be careful not to rough up the t-shirt. Of you can throw it in the washing machine and let it work it's magic.

9. Make your freezer paper stencil. I used my handy-dandy craft cutter to cut this one. Iron it onto your shirt on low heat.

10. PAINT! (the best part!) I used screenprinting ink but you can also find textile paints at your local craft store.

11. Collect your buttons. 15 small buttons and 1 large button.  This is a good way to use up some of those buttons that have sitting around in your craft supplies.

12. Sew on your wheels.

That's it! And now you have a one of a kind Frayed Train tee for your "Trainiac".

We just linked up to the fabulous I Am Momma Hear Me Roar Blog. Cheri is hosting "Let's Hear it for the Boys" shirt contest!
 If you need some crafty ideas you NEED to check it out! There are so many amazing entries already!
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18 fabulous people said. . .:

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

Really cute! I love the "trainiac" ... and I think it's so fun the way it goes around to the back of the shirt as well.

Rita@martenssmily said...

This is very cute!!!

Mason/Sam/Family said...

Visiting from I Am Momma's links. . . Adorable! I have two trainiacs at my house and they will love this shirt. Thanks for the tutorial. I will be making one (or more) soon.

~Beth D. said...

i love that the train comes from the back. great detail. looks like he likes the shirt!

Steph Jacobson said...

Love, love, love this! I like the frayed edges and the way the train wraps around the back of the shirt. My son would love something like this!

Kris @ said...

LOVE the buttons on the train! what a fabulous idea :) saw you in the contest linky party

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Anonymous said...

i love this shirt!!! the buttons are a great touch!

i made i similar style shirt for my little guy with a dino on it.

drop by my little blog and check out my 2 ties tutorial - it has a fray effect too!!

all the best.

Unknown said...

hi! me encanta tu proyecto ( i like your proyect) maybe it will inspire me in the future!besos desde Spain

Jessica said...

This looks great! I love the different fabrics you used for each car, and the buttons. Well done!

Leigh said...

OMG i so need to make this for my son! He loves anything to do with trains. The shirt looks as though it was store bought. The train design is fantastic.

Thanks for linking it to "I am Momma, Here Me Roar" as that is how i found you.

allison @ said...

I adore this Tee! My son is obsessed with trains! Might have to try one like this! thanks for sharing over at IAM-HMR!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

So cute! The different fabrics and buttons are totally awesome. My oldest was into trains, but not so much any more. I miss it :(

Unknown said...

Such a great T-shirt! Thanks for the inspiration.

Two Dollars said...

One of the few shirts in the contest that I came over to check out. Nice job! I'll make one of these for my oldest for his 6yo birthday.

Mama Crafts said...

Thanks again for the idea! I've made a girl version that I blogged about here:

Unknown said...

This is adorable! Wonderful looking train! My two year old who loves "choo choos" would love this. BUT the template is giving an error message. Can you check it or email it to me? Would be super great! Thanks!

seemesew84 said...

I love this so much! Thanks for making a great tutorial!
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