Let's Celebrate!

Hey...when did this become a baby blog?? We celebrated a milestone birthday this past month, so instead of shopping for themed shirts, I decided to make our own. I've always prefered coordinating outfits for the kids rather than identical ones (it's a designer thing). For this occasion, making our own T-shirts was the just made sense. I opted to paint rather that print iron-on transfers because 1. iron-on transfers don't allow for printing in white, and 2. our printer died. It gave me an excuse to lock myself in a room for a few hours to work with my hands, something that does not happen often enough. It's also an easy way to make a custom apparel with a designery twist. Want to give it a go? Here's how:

What you will need:

  • Gray T-shirts, washed an ironed
  • Washable fabric pen to transfer design
  • Red and white fabric paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Iron

STEP 1: Sketch out your desired graphic. Since I had triplets turning 2, I needed to figure out three ways to loop the balloon string into the number 2.

STEP 2: Transfer drawing to the shirt using the washable fabric pen. The drawing doesn't have to be perfect. Using your drawing as a guide, fill in the shapes with fabric paint. Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours.

STEP 3: Flip the shirt inside out and iron to set the paint according to the instructions on the bottle. Flip the shirt right side out again. Use a wet cloth to remove any visible marks from the washable fabric marker.

STEP 4: Admire your own handiwork.

STEP 5: Dress your guests of honor.