These adorable snappy tees are fun to make and fun to wear!
Tools and Materials
Template for desired snaps: Frog, Owl, Cupcake, Dog, Pig, Chipmunk, Apple, or Popsicle.
Scraps of cardboard (cereal boxes work very well)
Scraps of felt
Fine-point permanent marker
Dritz sew-on snaps, size 4
Embroidery floss in coordinating colors
Black seed beads, if necessary (see template)
Black thread, if necessary (see template)
Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Small (1 inch or so) square of soft woven cotton canvas
Snappy Tees How-To
1. Print the templates for the snaps, and use a glue stick to glue them onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out the templates.
2. Place each template piece onto the coordinating color in felt and trace around it with a permanent marker.
3. Cut out the felt pieces, staying inside the marker lines.
4. Using 6 strands of coordinating embroidery floss in your needle (double over three strands and knot the base), sew the "male" half of the snap onto the back felt piece (this is the largest felt piece or one of the two identical largest pieces from the template). Go through each hole in the snap twice for extra security.
5. Stitch any embellishments onto the felt pieces, as shown in the template.
6. Use a hot-glue gun to assemble the felt pieces, in the order shown in the template. Let cool. If the pieces don't match up perfectly once assembled, snip away any excess felt with a pair of sewing scissors.
7. Find the center of the T-shirt by folding it in half and pinning a point about 2.5 inches below the neckline. Mark this point with a pin.
8. Put the inverted ("female") side of the snap on the mark. Add a small piece of soft cotton canvas behind the snap on the inside of the T-shirt for extra stability.
9. Use 6 strands of coordinating embroidery floss in your needle (double over three strands and knot the base) and stitch the snap in place. Stitch around the snap twice so each opening is secured with 12 threads.
The tees used in this segment are from American Apparel. The sewing machine used in this segment is the Singer Confidence. Canvas tote bags can be found at ecobags.com. All other materials available at craft or sewing supply stores.
Special thanks to Jen Hopwood of My Perennial for showing us this great craft.