New Duds for the Wee Ones

December 5th

Do you have little ones in your life? Perhaps you are a mama, or an auntie or just a girlfriend with lots of friends who have children. While I don’t have any wee ones of my own, I’m “Auntie Kelli” to a couple of adorable boys and a friend to a gaggle of other little ones.
One gift I’m crafting this holiday season are embroidered T-shirts. I combine plain cotton T-shirts with a bit of underwonder, fabric and embroidery thread. Viola — a unique and sweet garment.

embroidered boy's outfit
embroidered fishy
embroidered girl's outfit
pointsetta close up

This gift is economical, practical and easy — my favorite kind! In fact, I’m hoping to craft up a few of these for a couple of the larger wee ones in my life too. I’d like one with stars dancing across the bottom. Or saguaro cacti waving their prickly arms at me from the pocket…


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  1. I think the stars would be super cute!

  2. I think your embellished shirts are brilliant gift ideas. You’ve done a wonderful job with them.

  3. Hi,

    I have just read your food stamp challenge. I was near tears throughout because I teach in the barrio and my students are all living on foodstamps-or worse they don’t qualify or their parents are afraid to aply for a variety of reasons. Have mercy! I get a real glimps into poverty with the close relationships I have with my class, but I had no idea what the food situation was! YOu have really challenged me. I think in Jan. I will also try this. I also think that I am going to make a point to teach my students how to coupon. I mean it isn’t a state standard or a testable subject but if it can help them eat better… And- I am also going to pass out pbj for them to take home. We do provide meals at school, but if they can give it to someone else it might really empower them? Thanks for giving me so much to think about.

  4. See, I thought I was done holiday crafting, but these would be great gifts for the multitude of kids in my life. How all that happened, I’ll never know. Where’d you get the baby t’s?

  5. Great gift ideas Kelli!! There are so many little one’s around here & these would come in handy. Beautiful 🙂

  6. I loe this little project too. I’m nearly ready to graduate on to freezer paper stencils, but I can never find the paper!!! Have you done any of those yet?

  7. I love this idea and you just solved a problem I have been contemplating for a week or so now. I have 3 aprons that my Mother-in-law has asked me to sew names on and I have been wondering how I was going to accomplish that task and make it look good. The wonderunder is a terrific idea. Thanks!

    Your wee one t’s are adorable and I am sure they will love them.

  8. Oh, there is that poinsettia fabric again – I tell you, I am smitten!

    Not only is this a TERRIFIC gift idea, but it makes me wish that I weren’t completely hopeless with needle and thread. All Schecky’s shirts that have a spot or two on them? Spots that will NOT come out? Just cover up the blotch with a fab embellishment!

    I may just have to overcome my fears and give this a try….

  9. Too cute! Your Christmas gifts are so much better than the must-have lists all the stores are sending out. Love the idea of a must-make list instead!

    It’s a little scary though that I have both the poinsettia and the fish fabric in my own stash. We must have good taste!

  10. I love these. Such a simple, yet personal, gift. Just lovely!

  11. Amen, sister! Aunt Meggy already has shirts lined up for half of the nieces this year. It’s fun and practical; how can you beat it? Hooray for the handcrafted Christmas!

    Doggone it, I’m going to have to pick up some of that poinsettia fabric after all. I managed to resist so far, but it just looks so pretty in your featured projects…. You should be getting a commission from the fabric store! ;0)

  12. so cute! handmade gifts are the best!

  13. those are great! i wish i could think of something like that.

  14. I wish I had your skills with sewing – those are so cute!

  15. nice, pretty and practical! every mother will love that!!!! good job, kelli!

  16. So cute! And can be so personal as well!
    Why can’t everything else just STOP for awhile so we can just craft, craft, craft!

  17. those are so great kelli. are they appliques?

  18. Nice idea indeed! I like personalized gifts (if only I were able to do just a little thing……arghhhhhh!)

  19. Simple, but so lovely… a wonderful gift!