What you need for this project:
Three colors of jersey knit fabric (I just cut up old t-shirts)
Heat n bond lite iron on adhesive
matching thread (to sew each applique on)
Contrasting thread (to stitch the argyle design)
a pencil and a ruler
a sewing machine
First, fuse the fabric to the Heat n bond according to the package directions. (If you buy it off the role don't forget to ask them to cut the directions for you too.)
Next, you will create your diamond shapes.
Cut them out. Cut several in all three of the colors you chose.
I use Heat n Bond lite a lot for applique. Make sure to buy the light weight Heat n Bond. There is an "Ultra Heat n Bond" but the adhesive is very thick and stiff. It is not meant for sewing on. It says that it will not come off in the wash. I have tried washing it a few times and it has never held through more than two washes.
I started with the shoulders. I chose a different shape there because diamonds didn't work in that area. It's a square that comes down from the shoulder seams. I clipped it to curve with the neck band of the T-shirt. The next row looks white in the photo but its a "Heather Grey". I started with the two middle diamonds first and then ended up cutting the two one the ends in half to get them to fit.
The third row is white (my third color). All four fit this time. Just keep fusing each row at a time alternating color every row. Notice how I had to trim the points off the bottom? You may have to mess around with them a little to get it right. Who doesn't like good puzzle now and then?
The next step is to sew a straight stitch around each diamond. I used a color i felt would blend well with each color of diamonds. I know, brilliant!
Break out your ruler and a fabric marker (I used a pencil because it was closer to me than the fabric marker). Draw diagonal lines in one direction through the middle of each diamond. First one direction, then the other.
Then, using a nice contrasting thread that goes well with your three colors, sew a straight line over each of the lines you drew. It would look much nicer if it was embroidered. But seriously, who has the time for that? It's for a kid. It's just ganna get trashed anyway!
Here is what it will look like when your all finished (and all those stinkin threads are clipped).