I searched through blogs and etsy observing how everyone else made their shirts, and finally settled on the way that I love :) I will share with you here how I make my tie shirts, and hopefully you'll love them too.
-plain t-shirt or onesie
-heat n bond or some kind of fusible web for applique
-fabric for tie (scraps)
Trace the tie pattern onto the paper side of your heat n bond. I separate the two pieces, the knot and the tie. I like the pattern of the knot to be in a different direction than the pattern of the tie. I have included my templates for you here, in sizes 3-6 months and 2T. Using a ruler you can make these shorter/longer and wider/thinner. My suggestion is that the tie is within 3-4 inches of the bottom of the shirt. I find if the tie ends too high on the shirt it's just nerdy enough to be down right nerdy. Roughly cut around the pieces and iron to the wrong side of your fabric, like so:
Following the directions of your heat n bond, cut exactly around the tie, peel of the paper and iron to the shirt. It's now ready for you to sew around. Sew.
Stand back and admire! They're that easy. I think the trickiest part is picking the right fabric stripes and plaids work amazingly and the right size and length for the ties.
Adorn cute cousin boys with matching tie shirts. Perfection!
As always, we will be linking these cutie pies to some linky parties, so check them out. Seriously you can find some amazing talent at these parties!