A certain little boy is obsessed with all things that move, especially trains. We read a lot of books about trucks and cars and trains. Over and over and over again. One of our favorite books is Freight Train by Donald Crews.
I found a great train clip art from this site and printed it off at 50% so it would be small enough for the shirt.
Then I traced them on to some heat n bond backwards from the direction I wanted them to face. I wrote the color that I wanted each train car on the paper so I wouldn't get confused. The train in the book is all different colors and I wanted to mimic that.
I just used fabric from my scrap bin. I had to get a little creative with the purple. That's what happens when you have a boy, I guess.
I played around with how I wanted the train on the shirt. I knew that I wanted it to wrap around to the back of the shirt. I liked the diagonal train better than the one just straight across.
I pealed off the back of the heat and bond and ironed it all on and then sewing around each car to help keep them in place. I didn't do all of the details, like the wheels. Just the basic outline of each car.
I also sewed a long black line along the bottom of the train cars to be the track. Here's the back of the shirt.
Somebody loves his shirt. He was so excited when I showed it to him and had to put it on right away.