I shared Anson's Pumpkin Pi onesie several months ago at Everyday Art as part of their Pumpkin Palooza celebration! I realized that I never got around to reposting it here. So here goes...
I'm a former math and chemistry teacher and I married an even nerdier high school science teacher, so we're turning our kids into super nerds and they don't even know it.
Here's Anson, sporting his new Pumpkin Pi Onesie. (Amazing how fast they grow. This is him a couple months ago and he already looks totally different.)
He's outgrown his other Pi themed onesies, and this was a perfect one for Halloween and Thanksgiving...because what's more Thanksgiving than Pumpkin Pi?!? (Hahahaha...5 months later he can still wear it, although it's considerably more snug on him now.)
It's getting a bit hard to take pictures of this guy because he wants the camera SO BAD!
So bad in fact, that he crawled for the first time trying to get to the camera. (Hahahaha...and now he walks and runs all over the place...and still loves to get the camera.)
(And if you like those pants, I'll be posting the pattern and tutorial on sometime in the
next week or two...uh...yeah...still need to write that one up.)
Lucky for me he hasn't realized this crawling thing can actually take him places more than a few inches away...I know...give him a few days.
What to make one of your own?
First you'll need to download and print this free Pumpkin Pi template.
Trace the pumpkin shape onto some Heat'n Bond Lite or similar product. Cut it out, and iron it onto the backside of your fabric. My fabric of chose for shirt appliques is T-shirt scraps because you don't have to worry about the edges fraying and it makes stitching it onto your shirt easier. Then you'll cut out the fabric to match the edges of the Heat'n Bond. You'll also want to trace the green stem and iron that onto a green scrap.
Then trace the Pi symbol onto the papery side of some freezer paper. (You find freezer paper at the grocery store near ziploc baggies and the like. One roll of it will last you for hundreds of cool, personalized T-shirts.) Iron your stencil onto your pumpkin shape, making sure the Pi symbol is centered. Trim off most of the excess freezer paper.
Dab your paint into the gaps in your stencil. Be sure to tap up and down, not side to side so that the paint doesn't leak under your paper. I usually use regular acryilic craft paint because that's what I have on hand and it my experience it works well and ends up with a slightly textured distressed look. Using fabric paint will also work well.
Peel of the freezer paper and let dry COMPLETELY.
Once your design is dry, iron the pumpkin shape onto your T-shirt. (By the way, I check out the racks at Goodwill for plain, good quality shirts every time I go. It's usually cheaper and better quality than shirts from a craft store, as long as you're selective.) Tuck the stem piece under the pumpkin slightly before ironing. Iron thoroughly to get it to stick.
Stitch around the edge of your applique to secure the edges permanently. (You can buy Heat'n Bond that does not require stitching, but I don't recommend it.) I don't do anything to secure the ends of the thread because I don't want extra thread to show.
Instead I leave long tails of thread.
And if you're the type who likes the number Pi as much as we do, you might want to check out this post with more shirt ideas and other Pi fun. I'll have it updated with a few more activities in a day or two.
And if you love math enough to consider making a Pumpkin Pi Onesie for your little one, you'll definitely want to enter my current giveaway for a Pi Necklace from Boutique Academia. The giveaway is open until March 18th at 12:00am.
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