My daughter Kira loves Carebears. no, really, I mean she LOOOOOVES carebears. can't get enough of them. she has 2 identical carebears that she must have with her at all times (that I never get a chance to wash, because she might just die if I took them from her.)
so, seeing as how she loves carebears so much, I made her a shirt with them ALL over it. of course, she loves it.
Queen of Carebears. and also the TV remote at the moment.
okay, first tutorial, and I don't have a camera, so it's in LOVELY microsoft Paint! wooohooo! yes, I know, shock and awe. shock, and awe. Onto the details!
first of all, take a measurement of your little one (or yourself!) underneath the armpits. I really just wrapped a piece of fabric around my girl, and added about 2 inches for seam allowances and 'shirring shrinkage' I cut out a single layer of fabric, then cut it in half, so now I have the front and back (the shirt was 18 inches around, by 11 inches long) so I had two halves of fabric 9 inches in width.
then, wind your bobbin BY HAND
with elastic thread. (you can find elastic thread at walmart....it's labled Elastic Thread
) use regular thread in your needle.
okay, got your fabric?(front and back?) GOOD! you're ready to start shirring! yay!
I started with the front, so set the back piece aside.
now do the same thing to the back half of your fabric.
when you have both halves shirred, put them right sides together, and sew up the sides!
turn right side out, and marvel at your beautiful creation. pat yourself on the back, and watch your little girl prance about in her new shirt!