Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hello Kitty Denim Jacket


My little granddaughter loves anything to do with kittens.  So its only natural that she would also love anything to do with Hello Kitty.  Christmas came early this year due to a Thanksgiving visit from the grandkids instead of a Christmas visit (due to baby sister who is due around Christmastime.)  We'll miss them at Christmas, but we had lots of fun with them this past week!

I try to make as many gifts as possible each year.  I looked at Hello Kitty denim jackets in the stores and figured with a price tag of $25-$35, this would be a good handmade gift...or at least a refashioned gift!

I started with a thrifted denim jacket and Hello Kitty tank top.  Both were in excellent condition and only set me back a total of $5.




I determined the size of my back applique.




Use your paper pattern to cut your applique.



Follow the manufacturers directions to adhere the applique to the jacket.


Set your machine to a wide, tight zigzag stitch.



If the t-shirt tag is cute, apply it to the front of the jacket.


Optional pocket trim can be cut from the bottom of the t-shirt if your t-shirt happens to be hemmed with a serged, ruffled edge.  If not, you can achieve a similar look by stitching a zigzag on the cut edge, stretching the edge as you sew.





When finished, admire yourself in the mirror!


Go ahead...make funny faces, too!


Then strike up your best pose for the camera!


I like to link to these great parties!



14 comments:

  1. Fabulous! I look forward to grandchildren so I can put these great ideas into practice. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Rozy! It's wonderful spending time with grandchildren, and especially fun making things for them! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. She looks super cute rockin' her new jacket! Can't believe how big she is getting. Rick and I miss seeing her and the boys this year but we were excited to run into Kim and Danny at Costco. They're such a cute couple and family!

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    1. And Shailey, of course, we missed her too! I can't forget about her!

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    2. Thanks Kathy! I heard you practically had a family reunion at Costco with mom and dad also! We are going to miss not having them here at Christmastime, but really enjoyed having them here for Thanksgiving. I get to fly down at the beginning of the year to help out with the new baby. I can't wait!

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  3. The jacket is adorable...How creative! And the cutie wearing it...priceless!

    Carol

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    1. Thanks Carol for the compliments! As for my granddaughter, her enthusiastic personality is pretty priceless also!

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  4. So cute - both the gift and the giftee!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I have to admit I am a little bias when it comes to the cuteness of the giftee, but as her grandma, that's natural..right?

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  5. Hmmm, Christmas is coming isn't it! Now I need to get busy and see what I can find in the way of Hello Kitty... my granddaughter would love this!

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    1. Good luck, Jean! It was a pretty simple project with a high reward, i.e. a happy granddaughter!

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  6. Your granddaughter is a cutie pie and so is her jacket. What a great idea. I've been wanting to do this to a denim vest. Thanks for sharing this very clear tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Trisha! With the right t-shirt, the idea can work with either a boy or a girl...or a grown-up, if desired!

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  7. A great way to jazz up a jacket and so, so cute, Susan. I love the added touch of adding the label to the front of the jacket, too.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the feedback and always look forward to reading what you have to say! Susan

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