Sooooooo, have you ever made something, and when you’re done you step back and look at it, and you’re like “this is the coolest thing ever!” That was me after I finished this.
If your house is anything like mine, you may have a little person running around screaming “SPACESHIP!!” My little minifig and space loving girl has caught the space guy bug hard. Her requests for her fourth birthday were “new minifig shirt”, and “go to space.” Suddenly the lightning bolt struck and I realized SPACE MINIFIG. Duh!
The coolest thing about this shirt is that the face is a painted on graphic, but the helmet is made of fabric. And it’s actually loose around the inner edge surrounding the face, which gives it a sort of 3D effect that I think is kinda cool.
There are previous versions of her minifig obsession shirts if you want to take a peek into the far nether-reaches of my blog archives. It’s kind of an embarrassing journey with me learning how to deal with photography. Ugh.
This doesn’t have to go on a shirt. You could even add it to a kids blanket or pillow.
And your kids will actually be excited about wearing something you made!
The tee itself was made with a fun bleach technique I’ve been fiddling around with, and there’s actually a tutorial I wrote for it over on the Finch Sewing Studio blog if you’re curious.
Are you ready to get started?
Space Minifig Tee – Supplies
- yellow and white fabric paint
- black fabric paint or sharpie
- stable knit (interlock, non-tissuey jersey, french terry)
- Fusible interfacing
- freezer paper
- minifig head and helmet template
- save the template and print out at a scale that works for your project.
- Using the printable template, trace the head onto a piece of freezer paper. I somehow neglected to add the planet and space ship part to it, but it’s not hard. Just draw a circle and a ship-like blob like I did and you’re good to go. Lol.
- SAVE THOSE MINIFIG EYES AND MOUTH. You need them. Don’t let your kids run off with them.
- Cut the helmet template out of your printer paper.
- Fuse your head and planet stuff to your fabric, pressing really well with a hot iron to get the freezer paper to adhere.
- Add the eyes and mouth and press well. <<Sometimes I put the negative piece from my stencil back in (the face part that you cut out) as a guide for where to put the tiny bits back in. I lay it in the stencil and place my small pieces in where they belong, then I tap the tip of the iron onto the small pieces to baste them in place. Remove the stencil piece you don’t need, and firmly press the small pieces on. >>
- Sponge or brush your yellow fabric paint on. I like these cheap makeup sponges from Target.
- The planet was done in black. I freehanded the white swooshy line on the spaceship when the black ink dried.
- I waited till the yellow fabric was mostly dry and then hand painted the eyes and mouth in with black paint.
- Trace the helmet twice onto a piece of fusible interfacing. Cut it out, and leave the center intact.
- Fuse the interfacing according to manufacturer’s instructions (or haphazardly do it as fast as possible while your one year old is distracted and not trying to pull your iron down or unplug it…..you know….whatever).
- Put the helmet pieces together and pin.
- Sew around the helmet opening line
- Cut the center piece out close to the stitches.
- Flip the helmet pieces right sides out. It seems kind of weird when you’re looking at it, like it’s not possible to do this. But it is. I guarantee it.
- Finger press the sewn edge to start with to get it into position and then press it with lots of good steamy steam
- Now you have a nifty fabric helmet!
- Add any detail you want by hand with white fabric paint and a paint brush. I defined the helmet and added a little light glint on the top.
- Pin the helmet in place and stitch with a zig zag stitch around the outside edge of the helmet, just like you would an applique.
I think my attention span is a little sketchy. My photographs towards the end of tutorials seem to just taper off and die. Lol. I have no step by steps shots for the finishing. I’m certain you can handle it though. You’re just sewing the helmet on around the outer edge, and you’re done!
Then you sew the rest of our shirt, or whatever you’re putting a super freaking awesome space minifig guy on.
Hope you enjoyed another nerdcraft project with girl like the sea : )! Stop by and visit me sometime over on my blog!