For some reason, today Taylor is supposed to wear red, white and blue to school. I guess they’re having a patriotic event of some kind, but I don’t know.
Last night, we looked in her closet and realized she didn’t have anything to wear in that color combination. I’d been wanting to make a special Valentine’s Day shirt anyway, and adding red hearts to a white shirt seemed like the perfect way to do that and have an outfit for today.
If you’ve read much of this blog, you know that I don’t like to hand sew things. Even sewing on a button by hand is a task I’ll put off forever. So I was surprised to actually enjoy this little bit of embroidery. It wasn’t my first choice. But we didn’t have any red fabric paint (for freezer stencil hearts), and I didn’t have any red knit fabric (for applique). So hand sewing with embroidery floss was the only option for adding red to this shirt.
I sewed part of the hearts while watching Downton Abbey. The rest was while I chatted with my sister on the phone. It was nice, mindless work. And maybe the distractions are why I finally enjoyed sewing with a needle and thread by hand.
I didn’t have any specific plan when I started sewing. I just started! First, I drew the big heart outline onto the shirt, using a disappearing fabric marker. I made a running stitch along that line, and then decided to make a second line inside that one. Then, I thought a felt inner heart would be cute. So I had to guess at cutting the felt to the right size to fit inside of the heart I’d already sewn on. It was a little backwards, but it worked out.
This shirt had two stains on it that were making it unwearable. Those dictated where the smaller hearts went. One stain was where the pink heart is now. The other was on the end of the sleeve, where I added a little red heart to hide it.
Taylor knew I was going to add hearts to the shirt after she went to bed, and she was very happy to see the results this morning. With blue jeans, she went to school wearing red, white and blue….with a dash of pink for Valentine’s Day. (Her shoes, which you can’t see in the photo, are sparkly pink Toms)