Dress Like a Tiger: Free Template Review

Tiger Template ShirtsIt was Dress Like a Tiger day at school. And in true mom with a sewing machine fashion, I felt the need to make something up for my kids. The good news, Friends Stitched Together anticipated my need and published an awesome tutorial and template right before I needed to do this! And this mom has learned her lesson about reinventing the wheel at 10:00 pm on Sunday night.

2014-10-25 16.28.00First off to Jo-anns, where I remembered that was a place you never go two days before Halloween. Seriously I should block it off on my calendar. The people who work the cutting counter at my Joanns should all get extra pieces of chocolate or something after shifts like this. They answer kind of painful questions for what I imagine are hours, and really they do a nice job. I know this can be a mixed bag for people, but I’m lucky to have a pretty knowledgeable cutting table.

I wanted my tigers to have a well-loved kind of frayed and sketchy look. I did use felt for the white muzzle, but all my other pieces are cotton. I ran over the edges a couple of times with a bit of a sketchy stitch.

I plan on making a pair of pants out of the rest of the gray I picked up, but it wasn’t going to happen that night. tiger

I was not as careful with my tigers as Amy. I only broke the embroidery floss out for the french knot eyes, and to add sequins to M’s tiger’s bow.

I cut the bow out of a little scrap just eyeballing it.

The template was easy to print and use. I put my tigers on as a flat detail, but the actual tutorial walks you through how to turn these adorable tigers into pockets. I think she gives a great run down getting a really finished detail. And seriously you need to check out how adorable her little guy is in his Jungle day outfit.


Tiger Template Shirt

These pictures are after the first wash, I’ll need to to do a little securing. It was late and I will admit I didn’t pull through and knot all my ends. I used my go to Raglan pattern from Stitchwerx for the shirt.

Tiger Template Shirt

I love how they turned out, and the kids had a great time showing them off.

Happy Sewing,


Pattern: Raglan from Stitchwerx

Tiger Template: Friends Stitched Together

Fabric: Jo-anns


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  • Sarah Helene November 7, 2014, 9:38 am

    YOU DID IT — CREATED AWESOME TIGER FACES on T-shirts for your 2 young kids! HORRAH!! “DRESS LIKE A TIGER day” at school . . . I’ve never heard of this??? Bright orange with the facial features sewn in white & black . . . LOVE the added small ribbon adorned with bright green sequins on the tiger’s head for your girl’s T-shirt. Always like raglan sleeves (for a more comfy fit) & I like the dark green knot used to sew these 2 shirts. So, thanks for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

  • Maegen Foster November 7, 2014, 1:33 pm

    These are darling. I love the addition of a bow, as well as the choice to let your tigers fray a bit. They look great!

  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures November 8, 2014, 4:27 am

    What adorable shirts! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Stephanie November 10, 2014, 11:08 pm

    So stinking cute!!

  • Kyla — HouseOfHipsters.com November 12, 2014, 3:43 pm

    Oh how I love this little tiger! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

  • Amy November 13, 2014, 12:16 pm

    It totally makes me smile every time I see this 🙂 I love that you used my pattern and I love the frayed look! The bow is the perfect girlie addition!!

  • Chelsea November 16, 2014, 10:20 am

    Totally cute! I loved when Amy released these and I am so glad you sewed them up too! I know those little ones adored them.

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