As Kina grows, she slowly runs out of clothes! I was pretty well stocked with clothes from birth to 18 months from gifts and garage sale finds. After 18 months I began to run out. With warmer weather, she was in need of some warmer weather pajamas. She only had fleece footies. I hadn’t been to any garage sales, and couldn’t bring myself to spend $10.00 on one set. I have also been less and less interested in buying new clothes to try and pull myself out of the “fast fashion” industry. I couldn’t find any pajamas at garage sales so I decided to make my own. I love sewing for her age because it uses so little fabric. I can basically make something for her with scraps left from a previous project. I used the Pistachio Tee for the tops, and the Paneled Sunsuit pattern for the bottoms. Since the paneled sunsuit calls for woven fabric and I was using knit, I sized down for the bottoms. They were still a little big, so I probably could have sized down yet another size.
I made two long sleeve and pant sets, and two short sleeve and shorts sets. I love all the graphic shirts out there so I decided to make my own graphics. I never really take the time to get out my silhouette machine but I decided to make time. I am glad I did because I love the finally outcome. I should do it more often! I originally wanted to buy some silhouette vinyl but it seemed a little pricey when I could create a stencil using freezer paper. So that’s what I ended up doing. I had some fabric paint on hand along with the freezer paper. I designed my graphics in the Silhouette software and cut them out (making sure the glossy side is facing down). I then ironed the freezer paper stencil onto my shirt and painted it! It does take more time than probably ironing on vinyl but that was ok. Sometimes it’s good to take a break and have a “slow” project.
I love how the shorts turned out. I love the fun little “ruffle” at the bottom, it adds a girly touch. I didn’t love love how the pants turned out in a knit fabric. They were kind of baggy for pajamas. Doing it again, I would opt for a slimmer fitting pajama pant. Obviously the paneled sunsuit is not designed for knit pajama pants ;). The pistachio tee was perfect for the top! I can’t wait to make that pattern in lots of different options!
Minus the work that went into it these babies were essentially free. I seriously love sewing for the 2T age because I use up all the leftover from my projects. It feels free! And I have a ton of fun doing it and enjoy the cuteness for many nights!
To create this <3 U appliqué, I cut out a heart and fused wonder under to it. I then fused it to the shirt and topstitched. Lastly, I ironed the freezer paper U stencil onto the heart and painted it! When painting your stencil, make sure to put a scrap piece of paper behind the shirt so the paint doesn’t seep through to the surface underneath!
The crazy hair, don’t care shirt it absolutely perfect for my mini! She has tons of hair and always wakes up with it in complete disarray :).
Have you ever used freezer paper to make a stencil? What was your favorite project?