Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Robot shirt tutorial with template

And old stained shirt turned into something cute!Almost all of little mans shirts have stains on them, and its really annoying when you know he will just get them dirty over and over. I've done this with old onesies before. I made a tie one from Crap I've made,(I actually dont have a picture of it, maybe I should do that!) and one with P#3s initial on it.So get out those scraps and have fun!If your loooking for more ways to be resourceful, Disney from Ruffles and Stuff has a good post on what to do with girls clothes.

         Robot shirt

Supplys needed:
Sewing machine
Contrasting thread
Scraps of fabric
An old shirt
LW Fusible interface
Heat n Bond
Template (Below)

Cut out Template

Iron Heat n Bond to the back of your scraps

Turn shirt inside out and iron on interface where your robot will be. I just did a big piece right in the center.

Using your pattern pieces, cut out the shapes in your fabric choice.

Cut the center of the body on the pattern.

Lay out how you want it to look

Peel off the back of the Heat n Bond

Iron all your pieces down. Be sure this is where you want them cause its permanent!

Sew straight stitches around all of the robot pieces.


If you'd like you can make a belt, There are so many tutorials out there so I didn't do one. Here are a couple good ones: annies cupboard, sew mama sew, and one via craft gossip. Just measure your little guys waist and modify the tutes.

To download: right click on image,save picture as. You can print it out to whatever size you want. I did mine a standard 5x7 print.


  1. I love this! My little guys has a drawer full of stained shirts. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. So very clever! This gives me some ideas...even for my many stained t's. xx

  3. Wow! I never would have thought of doing applique on a boys shirt! This is fantastic!!

  4. Great tutorial! Cute idea for a boy!!! This would be fun for my son's birthday with the #2 on the robot. Thanks for linking up to Whatever Goes Wednesday at

  5. Question: does the heat n bond stop the fabric from fraying, therefore getting rid of the step of having to create hems on the edges? That would save SOOOO much time!

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