Monday, August 1, 2011

Parade of Shirts

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We’ve been busy around here.  As always, feel free to click on any of these images to enlarge them and see more detail. 

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The kids colored these shirts with fabric markers.  I already posted about that.

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This project finally got finished.  Gavin’s first speech in second grade was about his favorite sport.  He chose football but since he didn’t have a BYU shirt that fit him we made one.  The goal was always to make one for Gwen and Parker too but we forgot.  Several months later and the shirts are done.  Gavin’s shirt is no longer white and it really doesn’t fit him anymore either.  Maybe we’ll make another one for Gavin.  Or just buy him a BYU shirt in a few weeks.  Yay for football season! 

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These are the patches I bought when I bought the coloring shirts.  Unfortunately the boys’ patches came off in the wash.  Fortunately I had fusible web for another shirt I’ll talk about in a minute.  Unfortunately I can’t find Gavin’s Buzz Lightyear patch.  Gwen’s Tinker Bell is cute and so is Parker’s Mater. 

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Spraying shirts with fabric paint has been a work in progress.  I’ve learned as I went along.  Gavin’s shirt says “life is good” because it is.  Gwen’s butterfly was the first shirt I sprayed.  Parker’s shirt is hard to see the way he’s standing but it says “imagine” with the letters all jumbled. 

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Parker’s shirt says “dream big think big” and I’m not happy with the way it turned out.  He wanted me to spray the front red but we had no idea the red would dry a pink color.  I was already thinking the term “dream big” was a little girly.  Well the pink didn’t help!  I sprayed the back blue like he asked and it didn’t seem to redeem the shirt.  That night I tried to make the red pink orange by spraying yellow.  It was dark outside and I didn’t have any good lighting.  I oversaturated the words then on a whim decided to spray the whole front yellow.  The shirt is stiff and crusty and I still don’t like it.  It’s too bad the front is ruined because the back is actually kind of cool for a first grade boy. 

Gavin’s shirt says “my life” around an open book.  Get it?  My life is an open book.  I thought it was a great idea until I tried to execute on it.  This was the last shirt I made and for all I had learned nothing seemed to work the way I wanted it to.  The paint bled under the letters and even though I had blocked off the rest of the shirt with papers to catch the overspray, there’s still lines of overspray.  Grrr.  The book turned out pretty well once I figured out how to put the negative space on instead of the positive.  It photographed really well!  I’m going to be ok with it and all the mistakes.  It’s a fun shirt. 

Gwen’s shirt is my absolute favorite of all these sprayed shirts.  Her first butterfly shirt I sprayed in the positive space.  This one I put down the positive butterfly to make an orange box that turned out perfectly straight.  When that dried I covered the orange with the negative space and sprayed the inside pink.  It turned out so freaking cute I still can’t get over how cute it is! 

Until I made

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this.  I know right!  So darling it makes me want to cry.  I would like to thank the good people at Family Fun Magazine for their shirt ideas.  This one is easy.  Trace her flip flops onto a separate piece of fabric.  I bought a fabric remnant from JoAnn’s.  Then use fusible web to stick the flip flops on the shirt.  Then stitch a 9” piece of ribbon on each flip flop to make the top of the sandals.  It’s 3-D and oh so very cute. 

These shirts are so easy and fun to make and if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll love it.  My kids go crazy for new clothes.  All you need is contact paper to use as your template and fabric paint.  I found fabric paint in little hairspray looking bottles which made the paint so much easier to work with.  Otherwise you can dilute it with water in a spray bottle. 

Here’s the best hint:  cut out the images you want to use with a Cricut machine.  The contact paper cuts as easily as cardstock.  I cut out the words for the message tees from the Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge.  The butterfly came from Walk in My Garden.  My sister is planning to do this project for her family.  She’s going to cut out the pirate ship from the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge for her husband’s shirt. 

If you didn’t know already, any of the “marts” sell packages of plain white boys undershirts for a good price.  I bought packages of 5 shirts from Target Mart.  The shirts are thinner because they’re undershirts but they work really well. 

2 thoughts:

sugarpierdh said...

Very nice! All of the shirts turned out great. :)

The Piquant Storyteller said...

Thanks Candi. Have you made yours yet?