More Harry Potter

Harry Potter Gryffindor crest on shirt and Hp golden snitch on shorts


Grandson Alastair, 8 yo, is still enchanted with the Harry Potter series.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, prior to HP, this 2nd grader was a good but unenthusiastic reader.  Now he can’t put the books down and is an excellent reader with a greatly enlarged vocabulary.  This college English major Nana couldn’t be more pleased.


reading Harry Potter while waiting for  his orthodontist appointment


So I’m feeding his literary enthusiasm with HP embroidered items, like the Gryffindor crested shirt and the shorts with the prized golden snitch shown above.  The designs were all found on Etsy.




He was absolutely delighted with the 9 3/4 applique shirt I sent last week.


This  is Alastair modelling his shirt just moments after he opened the package. This design I arranged myself in my Brother PE-Design is free for the asking. Just leave your request in a comment below.


This black shirt  was also included in the package I sent today.  The Marauder’s Map embroidery really tickles me because I love the fun that comes with glow-in-the-dark thread.  The footprints are stitched in Superior’s NiteLite but I couldn’t wait until dark to take a picture of the glowing tracks.   You can use your imagination.

FYI:  from— “The Marauder’s Map is a magical document that reveals all of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Not only does it show every classroom, every hallway, and every corner of the castle, but it also shows every inch of the grounds, as well as all the secret passages that are hidden within its walls and the location of every person in the grounds, portrayed by a dot.”



I thought this sleeveless black tee was perfect for the bad boy image the design projects. It’s funny because our compliant,responsible,  obedient, well-behaved little guy is anything but a bad boy.  He can do a little role playing while wearing this.



He can do a little role playing while wearing this.

Just in:  Alastair playing the bad boy.


It’s really ridiculous that I spend so much time trying to get exactly the look that I want.  It’s likely that Alastair neither notices nor cares that the applique’ fabric is fussy cut to show the vintage compass.

It is part of a fabric collection celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. The print is of an antique map, much like the one  explorers used when–you know what’s coming—

“In 14 hundred and 92 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  October 12th they sighted land, And set their feet upon new sand.”

I wasted precious time searching unsuccessfully on-line for old map fabric, then studied all the tan fabrics in my stash, even checking the wrong side hoping to find an old parchment look.   My thoughts returned to an earlier post, How Good is Good Enough?     I was so pleased when I found just what I wanted right there on a shelf in my sewing room, a piece I had long since forgotten.

The footprints caused me no end of grief.  That thread does not like short stitches and each footprint has a multitude of tie off stitches at the beginning and end of both the foot and the heel.  For each of the first two footprints, I rethreaded at least 5 times after the thread broke.

I soon figured out that one or two tie offs was adequate, then advanced the design stitch by stitch until they were longer.  Still the back is messy and there were some thread breaks.   The design includes 18 footprints, 9 above and 9 below the text and map.  In frustration, I skipped the last two which would have completed the circle next to  “I”.    In retrospect, I would have had fewer problems if I had resized the footprints a bit larger.

Now I’m off to embroider more Crookshanks (Harry Potter) kitty cat shirts for Vivian Rose.  I had to include something in today’s package for her so an unphotographed Second Hand Rose pink smocked bishop dress was included.   But without a cat, rainbow or leopard skin component, I doubt she will wear it.

So what are you sewing for summer? for your children or grands?  I’d welcome the sight of some stitching other than Harry Potter.



13 responses to “More Harry Potter

  1. Do you sew every day, Janice?

  2. from Martha Pullen forum: Fantastic job! As the grandmother of teens and older boys, I would encourage you in doing all the sewing you can for him. In my experience, the time comes all too soon when they’re no longer interested in Granny’s sewing. Do you have tips for embroidering on knits?

  3. Thanks, Carol! I’ve always heavily basted knits to hooped cutaway stabilizer but the embroidery is always stiff–flat but stiff. This large-ish design would have made the front of the shirt very stiff. So I tried something new and was very pleased with the results. I ironed on a lightweight fusible knit stabilizer with the stretch going the opposite direction from the stretch on the knit. Then I ironed on another layer of that same fusible, with the stretch going the other way. The shirt is flat and soft! I did pull up the excess stabilizer and trim about 1/2″ from the embroidery. I think that will be my new plan. I hope this is helpful.

  4. Hi Marie. I certainly try to! Most days I get some or more sewing done. Other days I try my best and have to be satisfied with thinking about sewing. Do you sew every day?

  5. from Martha Pullen forum: Oh my boys would have loved that when they were younger!

  6. from MP forum: Janice, What a great shirt. Love it!!

  7. from MP forum: Very cool!! I always look forward to your creations!!!

  8. from Carol: It is helpful, thank you!

  9. Helen Ganas

    I am so jealous. My days of sewing for my grandson are gone. At least Grandma is his go-to repairer.

  10. Helen, I know just how you feel! But a boy with a grandma who does his repairs usually comes by pretty frequently. Enjoy your time with him and know that he values what you do for him.

  11. I would love to know where I can find the Gryffindor Crest you have made. Its exactly what I am looking for. My son is obsessed with Harry Potter.

  12. Beverly, the design was included in a set offered for free some time ago at Sew Terrific. But it is no longer available. If you google Gryffindor crest embroidery design, there are several for sale on etsy and other sites. One looks exactly like the one Sew Terrific had for free…hmmmmmm


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