A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my long-lost sewing room…you know the one in the basement. I was contemplating a new quilt block and thought I needed to survey the landscape before plunging into another project. Hmmm, another project…what IS that in that sack over there? Lo and behold! A whole sack full of red Ts.
Argggh! Red T-shirts from 3 years ago. I had found these great bargains and hustled them home to be made into wonderful 4th of July Ts for all of the grands. And then promptly forgot about them. There they sat, all lumped into a sad pile waiting for creative hands to do something with them.
Guilt overtook me as I went through the sizes and it was obvious I was going to have to buy at least 2 more shirts in larger sizes as the oldest two grands were now…well, bigger! So off I went gathering up more shirts, paint, paint brushes and about 2 hours later, had the whole lot of shirts finished and lined up to dry.
Not much time was involved…to be honest, it took me more time to decide what design I’d use and how I would implement it. The grands could have even made their own had I started the project sooner! It was that simple. And the expense was minimal…as minimal as it can get when making shirts for 10!! It figures out around $6 per shirt, depending on the shirt costs and if you have to buy a punch. Better yet, ask a friend if you can borrow their punch!
These are the supplies I used… white and sparkly blue fabric paint, fabric paint brushes (or whatever you have. I like the stiffer, flatter brushes for fabric painting the freehand numbers.) and a stenciling brush, a piece of plastic film (I used some computer printer film used for laminating because that was all I could find that my star punch would go through), a scrapbooking punch and water.
I punched out the design to fit the shirt, aiming for a total of 10 stars (5 on top, 5 on bottom) to equal the number of grands who are present and accounted for. Then a piece of cardboard was inserted inside the shirt to give me a stable work area. I lined up my stencil and started making stars! After each strip of stars was completed, I wiped the paint off front and back of the stencil, dried it with a paper towel and then did the next strip. The shirt was finished off with painting the numbers using the flat brushes. And all done!
You could even have the child put paint on their hands and “stamp” the back of the shirt with their handprint. And maybe paint their name above/below it?! The blue “12”s dried out a little dark so I’m working on a solution for that. If I hadn’t been so lazy, I would’ve painted the full “2012”…but daylight was fading fast!
The paint bottles instruct you to let them dry for 4 hours and not wash them for 72 hours. When washing the shirts, turn them inside out and wash in cold water.
So if you ever find Ts on sale, grab some for future use. And you’ll think of something/someway to decorate them! Wait. I’ll bet you already have an idea?