Because I am about 16 kinds of crazy, I decided that we needed cute matching t shirts for our Disney World vacation in March. But of course I was too cheap to buy them, so I made them! As usual, I had the idea in my head of what I wanted and wasn't quite sure how to translate that into reality. I decided I needed to stencil shirts, but how?
I collected white t-shirts at the salvation army 1/2 off (Wednesday for locals! Go early, it gets crazy.) for 50 cents to $2 each. Since I needed 11 shirts, in a wide range of sizes, it seemed like the best option.
I talked to my friend about cutting some vinyl for me, since I am silhouette less (crazy for a craft hoarder to NOT have one, I know). I drew her a picture of what I had in my head, and she made it! Scaled to three different sizes for the different sized people, no less! She cut them out and weeded the letters out so I could use it as a stencil All of this just two days before we left. Love you Emma!
I was worried if it would work or not, so I got out my painting supplies to do a test.
Painting fabric is just as bad as cutting it for me. I know it's irrational to fear ruining something like that, but I still have it every time. What is my big hang up anyway? Anyone else besides me (and Elizabeth) have that problem?
Success! I love it when a plan comes together. So I gathered all my supplies, packed them and drove to my mom's house...
Here they are in action. We wore them twice, since we had a washer and dryer (yeah!) The paint set great and became soft after it was washed. It did fade a little, but not enough that it really bothered me. The kids loved them (*score*) and we even had people come up and ask us where we got our shirts made ;)
It was a fun project, and pretty cheap too. Less than $3 each!
Have you made family or group shirts before? How did it go?
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