With the Super Bowl just around the corner, and sports fans everywhere wearing their team shirts with pride, it got us thinking; how can we get our Stitch People to share in the fun?!
We chat about how to create a sports jersey in the DIY Stitch People book but here we’ll go over how to make those seemingly complicated and intricate designs of bulls, tigers, eagles etc that you see on team t-shirts. The application doesn’t stop there though! You can also use these tips to replicate logos on your kiddo’s favorite dress or your brothers bowling shirt. Let’s dive in!
Our number one tip for replicating logos on your Stitch People’s apparel is that IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EXACT. Your Stitch People are small so if you are trying make an exact representation of something on a Stitch People t-shirt – you’ll drive yourself crazy. Not to mention hurt your poor eyes. When you look at a group of people in a picture, you don’t see the tiny details on their shirts, you just see a mass of shape and color so what you are looking to create is just general colors and shape. We promise you, the people you are making your portrait for will know just what you are going for.
Let’s look at a random team mascot and take you through the process. We’ll call our team the Crabby Pandas.
First off we choose the main colors of the logo. Here the main colors are black, white and light blue. We’re ignoring the red and grey for now because they’re too small to make a major impact.
Now we’ve established the main colors. Next we decide the main shapes. You can see our panda has all kinds of shapes in there but we just want to find the big ones, the ones with the most color. Those will be the arms, the head and the sign.
Now, if we could reduce these shapes into the most basic shape possible what would they be (it may help to draw this out separately)? Here’s what we end up with for our Crabby Panda; a triangle on top of a rectangle. Starting to look like a more familiar cross stitch pattern?
Now comes the tough part, which isn’t really that tough. We need to translate those shapes into our pattern. It will help if you chart this part separately. The DIY Stitch People book has some handy character design sheets which you can use.
First you need to decide how much room you have to work in. Logos typically sit in the center of the chest so you’ll really only have a maximum of 4 x 4 squares to work with.
Using the basic shapes we decided on for our panda – we transfer those same shapes within the space we have on our shirt.
There’s our pattern!
Stitch it up as normal, then (this is optional) you can add more details.
Taking a look at our panda again, we see that there are some areas we might want to include that will make it look more like the mascot we want. His little ears, his red tongue, his paws and maybe the text in the sign he’s holding.
This is where the number one tip we mentioned at the start will really come into play. YOU DO NOT NEED EVERY DETAIL! Take a look at your logo and just pick a few elements that stick out to you. Try to limit it to only 3 or 4, if that.
Using a single strand of floss, make small straight stitches in the areas you want that extra detail.
And there you have your little mascot!
If you don’t have a mascot or logo but only text, you’ll use the same principles to reflect it on your Stitch People shirt. You do not have to make tiny stitches to spell out the word(s), you are again just looking for the general shape with a few stitches.
Here’s an example we used on our line-backer! His number is the main feature and hence is large but the text is just random stitches in the general shape of the word!
Do you have any tips for creating mascots or logos on Stitch People? Let us know in the comments below!
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