Saturday 29 March 2008

Introducing Mushroom Boy Ika

BabyEbi drew this cute character the other day on his drawing board. When I asked him what it was he told me it was "Mushroom Boy Ika" So I took a photo as usual...

I popped it into Photoshop, added a layer, traced the outline, hid the initial layer then used the paint bucket and BabyEbi's instruction on colour to produce this...

And then I spotted a plain T-shirt and had a thought.....dangerous at the best of times!
I enlarged the original image so it would just fit on a piece of A4 which looked like it would be a good size, then I printed it off and cut out the main pieces. Then I got my material scrap bag out and got BabyEbi to pick out some scraps, I traced the pieces onto the various scraps and cut them out along with some of the bond-a-web stuff (is that what it is called?) and ironed the pieces onto the T-shirt, sewed round the edges. Finished it off with some fabric pen to draw on the details, looks pretty damn good, even if I do say so myself!

BabyEbi loves it too, I think, he thinks he is a bit of a rock star... p-o-s-e....


  1. This is absolutely creative! I love how you saw the finished product and went for it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Sewing must be in the spring air. Though not as creative as you, yesterday I sewed flames on my 3.5 y.o son's shirt. I posted pictures.

  3. Very nice! He's talented (and you are too, of course)!

  4. That's so cute! I love the way you turned his artwork into something more permanent. I am so inspired by what you do with the sewing machine that I've convinced my hubby to get me one for my b'day! ;-)

  5. I love the rocker pose!
    Cool idea! I wish we were not miles apart, it would be so much fun to visit with you. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. What a great idea. I have been having my son draw on shirts with a fabric marker and then I embroider over them but I like the look of the applique and the idea of using photoshop...never thought of doing that before. Thanks for the good ideas and what fun way for your son to wear his artwork!

  7. Oops, meant to add to my message...I used to live in Japan (1 year in Fukuoka on the JET program) and most recently for three years in Okinawa. I miss it terribly and hope we end up back there again soon. It has been fun to discover your blog.

  8. from doodles to a t-shirt. in just a few easy steps. and I think that character is WAY better than the NHK mascot!!!!!


  9. wow - great job - thanks for the inspiration! I am loving your blog - thanks for sharing with us!


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