Gender Reveal Shirt
A fun way to reveal the gender of the baby to a Mom.
Gender Reveal Parties were not popular when I was pregnant with my twins. In the last few years these parties have become quite popular.
I was asked by a friend to make a gender reveal shirt for a mom that was going to be surprised at the party. That meant that I needed to engineer a shirt that the mom could put on and wear at the party without giving away the gender until the reveal.
My friend wanted a patch on the belly that would show the gender and could be uncovered during the party.
She also wanted Team Boy and Team Girl on the shirt. She had sent me an image of the buttons that the party guests would be wearing to show their support for either team. For Team Boy, they were using a golf bag and for Team Girl, shopping bags. She also wanted to incorporate a rainbow into the design.
I looked through my embroidery library and found a rainbow heart and golf bag by Lynnie Pinnie that would be perfect. I really like Lynnie Pinnie designs because they are high quality embroidery designs and always stitch out very well.
I did not have any shopping bag embroidery files. Luckily I just started digitizing my own designs using Hatch Embroidery Software, so I was able to draw up a simple image of various shopping bags and digitize a custom applique for this shirt.
Now that I had all the pieces I needed, it was time to figure out how to make this reveal shirt happen. The goal was to have the mother-to-be wear the shirt during the party and she wouldn’t find out the gender until the big reveal. This meant that we needed a patch that would be a good snug fit, but also easy to remove when the time came.
The heart would make the perfect removable patch for the shirt, but I still needed the applique that I was going to sew onto the shirt. Since the heart is made out of multiple stripes, it doesn’t have a single heart shape that I could use.
Using my embroidery software, I created an outline of the heart and then made that into an appliques with a satin border. This ensured that my patch would be the same shape and size.
The tough part was still how to attach the rainbow heart to the shirt so that it would hide the gender, but would be easily removed during the party. First I thought of using velcro, but I didn’t want velcro strips all over the design.
Then I thought of my trusty Kamsnaps. These snaps are colorful and ultra strong. I matched the snaps on the rainbow heart patch to the color of the stripes and used grey snaps for the shirt.
I really loved how the shirt turned out. To make sure that the mom’s surprise wasn’t ruined when she put the shirt on, I placed a piece of craft felt under the hoop before I satin stitched the heart outline. I ran one more tackdown stitch of the applique, removed the hoop and trimed the felt. Then I stitched the heart’s satin outline. The felt on the bottom hid the shopping bags and Girl text from the inside of the shirt.