Finished: Tandem Bike T-shirt

The recipient: the parents W

The craft: a pair of black t-shirts with an appliqued tandem bike – half on one shirt, half on the other.
tandem bike t shirt process
The process: After measuring the combined width of the t-shirts, we drew out the applique on paper, trying to keep it as simple as possible. Once we were happy with how it fit on the shirts, we cut out the pieces and used them as a pattern to cut out the gray cotton “bike”. Lining up the bike parts was a bit of a guess, as we had to estimate the height difference between the parents W to make sure the bike lined up when the shirts were on. Using silver thread, I appliqued the bicycle pieces, and as a finishing touch, added spokes and the chain in thread.

The verdict: A smashing success!
finished tandem bike t-shirt applique

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4 Responses to Finished: Tandem Bike T-shirt

  1. Jen says:

    Charming. I love this t-shirt. Very well done.

  2. L.A says:

    These are perfect! Any suggestions on where I could get a set for my in-laws?!? They have their 50th anniversary next month & this design is spot on! If I was crafty, I would give it a go. Alas, I am not, but would be interested in purchasing this for them, if at all possible.
    Thanks!

    • Emily says:

      Hi LA! Glad you like them! These turned out to be a huge time investment, so unfortunately I’m not currently offering them for sale. You might try a print-your-own-shirt company like cafepress.com that lets you upload your own design – you could get half a bike printed on one shirt, half on the other? Good luck!

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