I think I have said before that I absolutely love DIY’s and being creative.

Be it clothing, décor or accessories, I really enjoy having something to do with my hands, and I enjoy even more seeing the before and after, when you are done.

Last time we made DIY mugs inspired by Studio Ghibli (you can find that here if you want to watch it_

Today we are going into the clothes department and making a panda shirt.

Pandas are what I would call my spirit animals. They are cute and fluffy, clumsy, and pretty docile. I have been wanting some clothing with pandas for a while (they are just too cute to resist), but I never really found something that looked good without being tacky or too much. So I took it upon myself to make my own panda clothing, and I had a plain white t-shirt that I got from a thrift store 100 years ago that I could do it with.

You may also go watch this on my YouTube channel.

What you’ll need:

  • A plain white t-shirt
  • A needle
  • Black thread
  • Green thread
  • A scissor
  • Embroidery frame
  • Paper and a pencil (for sketching the panda, but you can also print out my picture, or find a picture on the internet😉)

The process:

I started with figuring out where on the shirt I would like the panda to be, so I had an idea of how big I needed to make it; then I clipped my embroidery frame on that place on the shirt to get the fabric stretched out (that was it will be easier to embroider it)

Then I went to the drawing board. I had an idea of how I wanted the panda, so I tried drawing it on the paper until I got it how I liked it. It took a while, but I finally decided on a panda sitting down, holding a piece of bamboo.

Taking my paper, I put it underneath the shirt to sketch out the pattern with my pencil. Since the shirt was white, I could easily see the drawing through.

I threaded my needle with the black thread and started doing a backstitch (I think that is what it is called), to make the outline for my panda. When the outline was done, I went back and filled in the leg, arm area, ears, and eye with black, and though my precious panda looked a bit ragged, he still looked cute.

For the bamboo, I went and threaded my needle with green, and again used a backstitch to draw the outline for the bamboo. I did not fill anything in here, as I liked how the bamboo looked without being filled in.

Then I simply took the embroidery frame off, and admired my work.

That is honestly all I did, and I like how cute the panda looks – especially when you don’t look too close haha.

Do you like how the shirt turned out?? I truly like it, and though I don’t often use white shirts, I have used this more than I thought I would.

I never thought that such a small thing would make such a bit difference!

If you like these types of posts, you can tell me in the comments down below, and I would love to make some more for you 😊

I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time!


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