Puffin on a T-shirt

So inspired by PuffinCam on Shetland, I finished my puffin project in one night. That is amazing for me. I’m not going to show all the sewing works-in-progresses that are in my work basket at the moment, but there are a few too many.

I’m glad I just got on and did it. I chose to add it to a T-shirt of TF, which I’d already dyed blue. The two girls were queuing up with other possibilities from their wardrobe, but I loved the blue. This is so easy, that I have promised them that they will all have puffin themed clothes before the summer is out. Although I am hoping that they don’t choose to wear them all at the same time.

I could improve on this a bit, but I’m particularly pleased with the beak. I cut it carefully from a fabric covered in oranges. It just picks up enough variation without being comical. The rest of the fabric are scraps. I went for a black sequin for the eye. Right size and right colour.

TF loves his new T-shirt. Just stopped him wearing it to school this morning. I think he was a little nonplussed that I finished it so quickly. Usually the things I make, hang around the house half-made for days. There was no build up to this one.

The girls made sure I remembered that I’d promised them one too. I won’t forget. (I think AJ would have loved nothing more than to take the day off school and watch the web cam for BBC’s SpringWatch and the bull finches in our garden.)

The puffin chick is looking black and fluffy. Total fluff ball. The parent is keeping it warm and snug, but if you are lucky, you might just glimpse it. I wish we lived nearer. Might have to persuade the family to pop over to Wales this weekend instead.

(Happy to share the puffin template if anyone else is inspired. Just let me know.)

(Linking to Shwin and Shwin again and Frontier Dreams for the first time.)

edited: I’ve made more puffin t-shirts, but this time I’ve added fabric paint.

14 thoughts on “Puffin on a T-shirt

  • Wednesday 13 June, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Oh I totally love it!!! Wonderful job… you are a stitching legend!!!

    • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Stitching legend! So cool!!! I want a business card with that printed on it. 😀 😀

  • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 5:22 am

    well didn’t that just turn out to be the cutest little thing ever?!?!
    great job – i love it!

    • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 8:22 am

      I’m really pleased with it. I have a few more puffin themed craft projects brewing, including more applique. Too sweet!

  • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 8:31 am

    So cute! We’ve only seen puffins in photos, but my daughter loves them. We hope to see them in person someday.
    You did a wonderful job capturing the puffin. I’m sure your son is thrilled!
    I’m watching the puffin-cam you linked to as I write this, and the parent is sitting on the baby, keeping it warm. I can’t wait to share it with my own little one. Thank you!

    • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      I hope your daughter enjoys the puffincam. It’s great to be out observing nature, but there are still times when web cams are the only choice! A real treat to see the hatching. I’m glad you like my version of the puffin. Nature is inspiring. 😀

  • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The blue is perfect. It really makes the colors pop, especially the orange. And I admire your stitching. #2 – I LOVE SCOTCH EGGS! I cook them at work when teaching hearth cooking because the recipe is that old – colonial period. Lastly, I would love to visit that bookstore you pictured in Oxford. The red cafe tables and chairs make it look especially inviting.

    • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Hey Jodi. Catching up. I had no idea that the recipe for Scotch eggs was so old. I bet they didn’t deep fat fry them either.

      You would enjoy the book shop. Very colourful and fun, although they don’t arrange the books quite the way you do!

  • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 11:12 am

    It’s adorable, I have a thing for puffins too! Would you mind if I borrow a photo of your monthly makes from here to add to a mid month blog post about all the lovely makes. I am the admin for June for Annie. I will of course link back to you here x

    • Thursday 14 June, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      I’m so pleased that you like my puffin. I missed last month’s Monthly Makes, so I’m happy to be joining in this time. I’ve sent you an email.

  • Friday 15 June, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Wow, great applique work, the puffin is adorable, I’m not surprised your little one wanted to wear it to school.

    Will catch up with you tomorow after the FNSI…………at the moment I need to make more coffee………..this late night sewing’s hard work, lol. x

    • Saturday 16 June, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Fun to know someone else, in the same time zone, was busy stitching at the same time. Yes, coffee in buckets here too!

  • Sunday 17 June, 2012 at 5:30 am

    That may be one of the cutest shirts ever. I love it!
    Thank you so much for linking up to Keep Calm Craft On!

    • Sunday 17 June, 2012 at 10:35 am

      What a compliment! Thanks Nicole. I have more on the theme planned. I hope everyone doesn’t get fed up of these. There will be slight variations on the theme. 🙂

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