Late last night as I was just thinking "I really should go to bed" I had this idea.
I always get the good ideas right before I want to sleep.
Then, of course, I can't fall asleep because I sit and think about the project all night.
So, I sat down and sketched out a pattern and THEN went to bed.
Smart cookie, I am.
This morning, as soon as I woke up, I got started.
...4 hours later...
Scraps of fabric. White for the car and Black for the road and tires.
You can choose whatever other colors you want for the vehicles.
Thread in colors Black, Yellow, White (and any others colors needed to match your vehicles.)
Pins, scissors, paper, pencil.
Step One: Buy a cheap plain colored shirt (or find one in the closet.)
Step Two: Trace out a pattern on paper of how you want the road to wind around the shirt.
Step Three: Cut out the pattern.
Step Four: Trace the pattern on black fabric.
I just dug out scraps out on my freaking huge scrap bin.
I can't throw fabric away.
Not even the tiniest scraps.
It's a disease.
Step Five: Pin the "road" on to the shirt and then sew along the edges.
Make sure to align the road at the sides of the shirt so that the meet up with the road on the back of the shirt.
Yes. The road wraps around the back of the shirt, too.
Step Six: Using a tight Zig Zag stitch, sew the striping on to the road with yellow thread.
White might look nice too.
Trim the thread in between the stripes.
Step Seven: Draw a car and a truck.
If you insist that you have no artistic ability, just Google car clip art and then print and trace.
I just drew mine.
I have 5 boys.
I'm used to drawing cars.
Step Eight: Iron the Iron-On Adhesive to the fabric you want to use for your car and truck.
Also iron it on to a 4x4 scrap of white fabric and a 4x4 scrap of black.
Step Nine: Cut out the car and truck.
Step Ten: Trace the car and truck on to the adhesive side of the fabric (remembering that it will reversed.)
Step Eleven: Cut out the car and truck.
Don't forget to cut out the wheels on the black fabric and the windows on the white.
Step Twelve: Iron the pieces on to the road.
Technically, you could stop here.
But, in my experience the iron on appliqués don't last very long on shirts.
After a few washes they start to peel off.
(I know, I know...there's a butt load of steps with this one. It's worth it though.)
Using the same tight zig zag stitch, sew along the borders of the care, then windows, then wheels.
Use coordinating thread for each piece.
I did not add the steps to make the sign.
I just added that on because I have an embroidery machine and thought it's be cute.
If you have one and want to make one, follow the same steps for stitching on the cars.
Am I a genius or what?!?
Don't answer that.