Monday, May 24, 2010

Let's BBQ !!! (a fun shirt tutorial)

I just had to get this tutorial up and runnin for those BBQ lovers out there. It is Memorial Day weekend this weekend! HELLO! Can't remember what darling little magazine I just got that they were selling similar BBQ shirts but I just remember thinking -"I'm gonna make that".

Boy's are sooo hard to make things for - I would much rather make my girls something.

This darling boy just beemed with delight when he saw this shirt for HIM!

He wants to wear it to bed & then to preschool tomorrow too!
I started off by freezer paper stenciling the BBQ letters to my shirt. OH and I just bought the shirt at Wallyworld & carefully took the pocket off. It was only $3.00.

Now, if you don't know how to freezer paper stencil - NO WORRIES,

Cheri does & you can watch her do it here. She's amazing & has only boys that she makes darling things for all the live long day.

Alrighty then, once I had that done I drew myself up a hamburger. You can probably come up with a much better burger on your own but, if you don't wanna than by all means just click on my handy dandy little PDF right here and you can print mine out. Thanks to the hubbs who knows how to create PDF's -of course.
You could also add a Hot Dog if ya wanna!

Now, I like to trace my pattern onto Freezer paper so that I after I cut out each little piece I can than iron them to my felt - NO pins needed. I thought you'd like that.

I carefully cut out everything except for the cheese. OH and I threw in the ketchup at the last minute. It's just some wavy lines. If you want it at all.

See how I left a little overhang on the lettuce & the meat & I did it on the cheese too where it inserts into the bun. This way you can overlap things so they look realistic.

Just peel the freezer paper off when your finished.

I just put it all together to see how it would look before I glued & then stitched it down.

Now, you could use some spray adhesive or heat and bond but I just had this handy so I put a very small amount in the center only of each thing and positioned them. I didn't put it at the edges because I didn't want to have to sew through it later. If you dont' want to sew it down at all then glue it at the edges.

Now make sure you layer it from the bottom up just as if you were really making yourself a hamburger.

Then I stitched all the various edges down with matching thread.

I meant to add seasame seeds to the top with some floss but didn't get to it. It would be super cute.
Just for some fun color I added some floss crazy stitches to the shoulders. Cheri taught me that little fun trick too.
Since we are on the subject of BBQ-ing I just wanted to share with you my all time favorite receipe for BBQed chicken. Just grab yourself a packet of this McCormick Grill Mates in Mesquite. I follow the package directions but then I add a 1/2 cup ketchup & a 1/3 cup brown sugar to make it more of a BBQ sauce. Then I put my chicken legs (handle chicken at my house) in it and let sit in fridge overnight. Stick em on the grill the next day & no worries if they get a tad black in some places - I know you don't believe me now but the black is soooooooo good. I've made these many times and everyone always wants the receipe. Let me know if you try it. It really is the best I've had!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day. Let me know if you have any question about the shirt or the Mesquite Chicken. Happy BBQin!

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  1. He looks so happy that you made that for him! Great craft idea. My son loves to draw all sorts of things....freezer paper would work for his robots, monsters, spaceships etc. too. Love it!

  2. Oh Jen, that is DARLING! Rex had a shirt like that last summer, but I bought it and it wasn't nearly as cute as yours. Great job and thanks so much for the shout out! I'll definitely have to link this one up sometime soon so everyone can see it. Thanks again!

  3. Extremely cute, and your son is so very cute, and proud, and I can just read the thank yous all over his face!

    Thanks for sharing, love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine.

  4. This is a really cute idea. I need one of these for memorial day!

  5. Good stuff Jen. I am looking forward to making the barbecue sauce. You clever girl.

  6. Super cute! This would be so fun to wear to BBQs.

  7. Such a darling shirt!!! I love it :)

  8. That is such a great idea! I have a link party on my blog on saturdays at I hope you can stop by the party is still going on :)

  9. A shirt and a recipe. Sweet.

  10. That's just adorable!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  11. Well done! I think that's very cute. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

  12. this shirt is so cute! I've been meaning to try freezer paper stenciling for a while now...
    and you're right. Boys are WAYYYYY harder to make stuff for than girls!

  13. He looks so proud wearing his BBQ shirt! So cute! And thanks for the recipe. I'll be trying that one soon!

  14. I tried your BBQ recipe you added on this post. Yummy! The fam loved it for Memorial Day. The shirt is super cute too! Thanks Jen!