So I am home and super sick and can hardly move, but before I got really exhausted, I got an idea. I bought my son a pair of Spongebob pajamas, and the shirt is Spongebob's face wearing a scarf (printed on). After watching a Christmas cartoon, I thought about how much my son loves snow, and how many crappy white tees my husband has, and decided to make him a snowman shirt!
First, find an old adult white tee that you don't want. I had one of my husband's that was stained and too small.
Next, find a t shirt that currently fits your toddler to use as a pattern. Fold the sleeves inside, and line up the collars of both shirts. cut around you toddler shirt shoulder, sleeve hole and side, leaving a 1/2" seam allowance. Don't skimp; the edges will roll up and you need that much to end up with a normal seam allowance. When you get to the bottom, give yourself an extra 2" so you can make the big folded hem. Stop halfway across the bottom of the shirt.
Take your half cut shirt front, fold it in half, and cut around to give you a full shirt front.
Lay your front piece over the back piece, right sides facing, and cut out your back, lining up the collar edges, not the shoulder edges.
Next, cut the sleeves off of your old shirt. Place one under your front and back pieces, and cut a sleeve, making sure to give yourself an extra 1/2" of sleeve length for the seam allowance.
Use the first sleeve as a pattern for sleeve two.
Sorry no good picture here...Take a piece of fleece and make sure it is long enough to go around your tee and then some, like 1 1/2 times around. Cut a strip 3" wide. Ignore the fact that I cut the fringe; I was being overzealous.
Next, get some felt and cut out 2 eyes, 5 mouth pieces and a carrot nose. I cut straight edges all over my black pieces to look like rocks or coal. Easier than making them round, too.
Lay out all your pieces on your shirt front, making sure you leave enough room at the bottom for the scarf and the hem.
Pin your pieces on and start sewing! As long as you match the thread colors, you don't have to be great; you will never see the crooked lines. I recommend starting with the eyes, then laying out your shirt and making sure your layout still looks good.
Next, take your sleeves and place them face to face with the shirt. Line up the center sleeve with the shoulder seam and pin. Ignore the fact that I just set the sleeve in the arm hole there; pretend it's nice and pinned in place.
Match up your sleeve hems, and sew down the sleeve and down the side of the shirt. You can make a tiny snip in the armpit to help the sleeve open up.
Almost done! Your shirt should look like this:
The next part is tricky...Take your scarf and lay it out how you want on your shirt. Cut to the proper length and add fringe. Starting just where the top of the scarf crosses, sew around the top of the scarf (starting at the piece the lays underneath) and back around the other side, then making sure your criss cross is still in place, and sewin down just to the edge of the fringe. Then sew around the bottom of the scarf, just from the edges of the fringe. You may need to ruffle it a bit to get it to lay right, but that's ok. If this doesn't make sense, just make it up as you go along. You get the idea.
You should look like this now:
Last step is folding up your hem about 3/4" of an inch and then sewing about 1/8" in from the top of the cut edge. Then go around again, about 1/8" from the bottom edge of the shirt.
Turn right side out and you are done!
If the whole reconstructed tee tutorial is too wacky for you to follow, there are tons more out there that are probably better than mine. It's a fairly simple idea though, and hard to mess up. I just went crazy and didn't measure anything, and it turned out fine. Comments welcome! I will try to get a picture of my toddler in it later, but he is sick too, and doesn't want to put it on.