The Final Homemade Christmas Present

At least, I think this is it for homemade gifts. It is a long-sleeved t-shirt for DH. It has polar bears reverse-appliqued on the front. I made it with some purple knit from He likes purple. And polar bears.

Here’s a detail shot of the reverse applique. My technique is to draw the motif on tissue paper, then place the tissue on the layers of fabric and stitch over it. This tends to leave lots of tiny bits of tissue in the stitching, which are a pain to remove. It dawned on me, as I was picking them out with tweezers, that it would be much easier to place the tissue on the wrong side of the fabric and stitch from the wrong side. I will do that next time.

I hand-embroidered the black noses on.

I must go now and fret over what else needs to get done.



  1. Posted December 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Home made Christmas presents are the best. I like your reverse applique. The shirt looks really warm and cosy.

  2. fzxdoc
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the layout of the polar bears, Claudine. Very inventive, as it keeps the eye moving over the shirt rather than having a single bear targeted in the center. I wonder if tracing the design on tearaway or water soluble stabilizers used by machine embroiderers would eliminate the need for picking out millions of tiny bits of paper.

  3. Posted December 22, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love that design!
    (I use wash away stabilizer instead of tissue paper. Because I hate picking out all the tiny bits of paper.)

  4. VTMartha
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A wonderful polar bear shirt, Claudine! You are very clever.

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