|And what can I do with this.... Hmmmmmm......|
Blank T-shirt -- $1 at Dollar Tree
Iron-on patches --$0.50 to $2 on eBay
Contact paper -- on hand, or $2
Scissors -- on hand
Permanent marker -- on hand
Acrylic paint/brush -- on hand or price varies
Fabric -- on hand
|Plain T-Shirts from the Dollar Tree, $1 each. I call this a stack full of potential.|
|Iron on patches from eBay. These can vary in price, but the ones I purchased|
range from 50 cents to $2. I have a few more on the way (Transformers, Buzz
Lightyear), but I had enough to start this project.
|Peel the backing and adhere the contact paper to your T-shirt. You will need|
to put a piece of cardboard between the two layers of T-shirt fabric so the paint
doesn't bleed through.
|Paint! You may wish to dab the paint to decrease the wrinkling of the fabric.|
Wait for the paint to dry (20-60 minutes, usually) and apply a second coat.
|When the paint is dry (or before if you are careful), peel the stencil off your|
T-shirt to reveal a crisp, graphic emblem.
|Apply your patches according to the directions. I used a hot iron and a|
handkerchief between the iron and patch to keep from burning my shirt.
You can anchor patches on with a few hand stitches if they are not
|My little man modeling his new T-shirt. He said, "Mommy, I look like|
Sid!" (from Toy Story). I told him that was okay, as long as he acts
I have plans for a few more shirts, but I am still waiting for the patches and iron-on transfers to arrive. It can take weeks if you order from overseas, so if you are an impatient sort of person (you know who you are), you might prefer to buy patches at your local craft or fabric store. You might spend a little more money, but given that you could spend $10-$20 on a nice T-shirt, it will probably still be worth it. And if you do this project with your kids, you will be creating memories and your child will wear his or her T-shirt with a sense of pride and accomplishment. So, this is a great project all around.
I started a second T-shirt, but am still waiting on an additional patch to arrive, so it's not finished yet. Thought I'd give you a peek anyhow.
|I decided to use the military style patches on a khaki-colored T-shirt. I had|
a little camo fabric left over from turning a pair of too-short pants into shorts
for my son, so I thought I'd integrate that as well.
|It's best to wait until you have all of your pieces before you start (but I'm not|
that patient). When you have your pieces, you can lay them out on the shirt
to see how they will look best. That's what I was doing with these patches.
|I sewed on an extra patch of fabric for balance before ironing on the patches|
that I have. I am still awaiting a gold star that will go on the top, right corner
of the red patch. When the shirt is finished, I'll post a picture of it on the model.