My three year old is in preschool and for his very first Spirit Day, the theme was “Jungle”. I made him this fun outfit! The tutorial for the Tiger Pocket is at the bottom of this post.
The shorts are Aviator Shorts. I think my favorite part of the pants version is the triangle contrast, so I moved it up and used it as part of the shorts after adding the stripes.
I used denim from JoAnn’s. The tiger stripes are a linen-look cotton from my stash.
John was so excited that he had a tiger face!
Tiger Pocket Tutorial:
For the Tiger Pockets, you will need the pattern (this pattern is for a size 3T, but could easily be sized up or down as needed), orange denim, small amounts of white and gray or black felt, and white and gray or black thread, and an embroidery needle.
Cut out the pattern and cut four pockets – two main and two lining.
Next cut apart the face (not something I ever thought I’d write on this blog…).
Cut two white face pieces. I found it easiest to trace around the shape with a Sharpie and then flip it over to sew (so the Sharpie marks don’t show).
Lay the face piece onto the pocket, matching the bottom point. Sew close to the edge using white thread.
Cut the nose off the face piece (again with the face cutting!).
Cut the nose and the stripes from the gray or black felt. Repeat so you have two sets (one for each pocket). I found it easiest to line the flat edges up with the edge of the felt and slide the very tip of a pin in and cut around them. The stripes don’t have to be super accurate – in fact it looks more “real” if they aren’t identical.
Set on the pockets and stitch using the gray or black thread.
For the whiskers and philtrum (tell me I’m not the only one who learned what that is by watching First Daughter…), I used a straight stitch and went over each line three times to make them stand out.
For the eyes, you can use embroidery floss. I used four strands of regular thread. Make two French Knots at the eye marks. For the pockets John is wearing above, I actually embroidered the nose and the whiskers, too. I really don’t know what I was thinking – he is three after all and the noses are already coming out…
I started and stopped my hand stitching by anchoring to the end of a whisker and sliding the needle between the nose and the pocket.
Sew the pocket lining to the main, right sides together, using a 3/8″ seam allowance, and leaving an opening to turn. Clip the corners or make slits where necessary.
Turn right side out, press, and topstitch the ears about 1/8″ from the edge. You may need to lift the needle when you turn the corner at the points of the ears and pull the fabric forward a little bit to ease over the bulk of the fabric there.
Pin onto your fabric and sew on like normal, leaving the ears free. And you’re done!