Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mini Boden Applique Tee- Copied, or... mimicked, or... re-made...

Today I made this.

It bears extremely strong resemblance to this one at Mini Boden that costs $28. The biggest difference? My version cost $4 plus some fabric scraps plus an hour during naptime. If you're interested in the details, read on.

Begin with a plain front shirt and an inspiration. My inspiration was the Mini Boden catalog page.

Create a template of the image of choice. I added eyes and teeth to make sure my dimensions looked realistic, but they are not necessary.

Cut out the image.

Iron a piece of Heat-n-Bond or WonderUnder large enough to accommodate your image onto your fabric of choice. Then trace the image wrong side up to the paper backing of the adhesive. 

Peel the paper backing to reveal the shiny adhesive left on the fabric image. At this point you have a simple yet complete applique to attach to your tee. You could stop here, iron-on the cutout, sew around the edges and be done. Or, continue on for the cute extras that give the project personality!!

Teeth for the big mouth fishy! I cut mine from an unbleached cotton because I didn't want white teeth to get lost on the white tee. 

Repeat the same process of attaching Heat-n-Bond to the fabric, tracing template on the paper backing, and peeling the backing. 

Place both images in position on tee and iron. I also added eye circles and eye balls for some added character. I followed the same procedure used for the fish and teeth.

Let's finish this thing! Taking care to not sew through both layers of the tee, applique the ironed images about 1/8 inch from edge. On my shirt, I chose to straight stitch the body and teeth of the fish and zig-zag the mouth area.

$4 Mini Boden look alike- DONE!

Will you try it?? I think I am addicted and might try again tomorrow!


  1. hey girlie! how are you?! another way in which we are twins. i have stacks of mini boden pages that i have saved so i could copy their darling tees. i have yet to do it. i love brady's new shirt. he's such a doll. love that last picture.

  2. i agree, the last picture is priceless.

  3. yeppers...he is such a cutie!! and cute shirt too. :)

  4. too cute! it looks like he loves it too! -emily

  5. wow. i found same picture of fish. and i´m planning to make shirt to my son also. you made nice shirt.