Sunday, October 4, 2009

Spider Tee

So, I have been scouring every childrens boutique and consignment store for a halloween outfit for Lucy. No, I don't like all black on my baby. No, I don't like orange either! No, I don't care for rhinestones! I cannot find anything really cute for her that is halloweenish. So, I decided I would make something myself. Did you know that I design children's clothing? If not, you do now. And thats exactly how it got started, except at the time, I wanted cute clothes for my little man, Landon (now 6). Anyhow, back on point. My very first season I designed a spider tee and it was my top seller by far. I recently just sold the last of the spider design through my liquidating companies. And, am now kicking myself for not keeping one for Lucy. But then again, I did come up with the design. So, I made a spider tee for Lucy this weekend. Its easy, inexpensive and the cutest Halloween design out me I have looked! :)

First you will need these items.

A tee, fabric stiffener, ribbon, wooden dowel, and fabric of your choice.

Next, you will make the corker ribbon. I know they sell corker ribbon already made, but I have yet to find it so heres how you make it yourself. Cut the dowel down to about 10 inches. And next, and this is VERY important, soak the dowel in water for about 30 minutes. This will prevent the dowel from burning and your ribbon from cooking to the dowel.

Next, dip your ribbon in the fabric stiffener...

wipe off any excess, and wrap around the dowel.

Bake in your oven for about 20 minutes on 200 degrees.

While your ribbon is cooking, cut your fabric into the shape of a spider like this. (I also used stablizer on the back of the fabric... its not required, but it does help while sewing.)

Once the ribbbon is done unwind from the dowel and cut into (8) 4 inch peices (for your spider legs) Take 4 legs each and sew them together like this.

Next, arrange your fabric body on your tee and put one set of legs underneath and start sewing around the edge. I used a zig zag stitch on my machines slowest and tightest stitch setting. When you get half way around, slip the other set of legs underneath the fabric and continue sewing until you have gone all the way around your spider.

Cut any excess fabric from the edges and cut your legs down to your preference.

Next take a fabric marker and make your eyes and a mouth.

Pair your new tee with some leggings and...

...Ta Da! The cutest halloween outfit!

That's even cuter on!


  1. So CUTE! You did a great job. I love holiday clothing on little cuties!

    Thanks for adding it to the Fall Festival!


  2. Awwww! It's so cute on. What a cute spider and baby. I'm having a givaway this week. Stop by for a visit and enter if you get a chance.

  3. She looks so cute! You did a great job.

  4. That is so adorable and she's even cuter! Such a fun, creative idea.
    pk @ room remix

  5. LOL SO sweet!!!! What happens to the legs when you wash them?

  6. Good question Sheri! The curl will hold up in the wash and just becomes softer.

  7. I am SOOOOOOOOO impressed....and going to attempt to make one myself! thanks for the step by step
    MAllory Congleton

  8. the T shirt is adorable, but that BABY is ....oh my gosh, so cute and sweet, I could eat her with a spoon! How in the world did you capture that picture of her walking? You should be a photographer, too ( in addition to all your other talents! = I'm sure JA will go for it!) xoxoxo)!

  9. This is an adorable, girly "boy item" shirt. I love it! I featured it at Grab my "featured" button.

  10. Hi Mary! I just linked to your tutorial from my site. You can check it out here:

    Please let me know if I can link to your other tutorials like this in the future.

    Rachel @ AllFreeHolidayCrafts