After I saw See Kate Sew’s Project Run and Play All-Stars look from the first week, I just had to make a copy cat version of that cute shirt! I think she screen printed hers (which I really want to learn how to do) but I simply used good old fabric paint and freezer paper stenciling.
You might have noticed that I’ve taken quite a liking to my Sharpie fabric pen as of late. See these Sharpie Doodle Onsies I made for my baby.
Sharpie Fabric pens write like well…a sharpie. Nice and smooth and easy to use. They wash well also. Just be sure to run a nice hot iron over your designs before laundering and you’re good to go.
This is a really fun project, great for kids and adults alike.
Here’s what you’ll need…
Fabric Sharpie (it’s called “Stained” and runs about $2 from Staples, other stores carry it as well in the office supply aisle and most often in multi- packs)
Freezer Paper (optional but helpful)
Ruler (if making a striped design)
Washi Tape (opt.)
A T-shirt – of course!
I got the freezer paper insert idea from a reader, Carol. Thanks again Carol! It helps to keep things smooth and the knit from catching and pulling too much as you draw. As a extra bonus, it prevents ink from bleeding into the opposite layer.
Also, remember that short light strokes are key. Just keep adding more marker strokes to make your design bolder if you desire.
I’m really loving the arrow trend right now. For some reason, this pattern reminds me of the Gecko shirts my brother used to wear. Remember those?
The pocket you see on this T-shirt and the ones below were freezer paper stenciled on! Easy, easy.
After I had my fun, I called my kids over to design their own shirt.
For my four year old, I had him draw out the design he wanted on paper first. I then marked off an area of the shirt with Washi tape to help him know where to draw. I wanted his shirt to look kid designer and not just a crazy mess. By giving him a boundary, I helped him find a cool place to showcase his designs in a pleasing manner.
Reid does not have a ton of patience for crafting. Mid-way through, he declared that he was done. So, I traced his preliminary paper drawings the best I could onto the shirt, repeating a few guys here and there. After a short break, Reid felt interested enough to come back and add more.
For Owen, my eight year old, he decided he wanted some Star Wars ships (new obsession).
We printed up some free coloring sheets online and loosely cut around them. Then we added the ships to the back of his shirt. First…
We had a few stray marks here and there which we easily fixed by adding some more ship elements. ;)
Now, don’t forget to press your designs with a hot iron…and done!
I think it ended up looking pretty slick.
And Reid’s as well…
I could not resist adding a little something extra on the back shoulder of this coral shirt. Reid randomly named our Elf on the Shelf from Christmas “Red Phantom.” It just felt too perfect to put that name right here and Reid loves it.
For the remainder of the shirts, I stuck with freezer paper stenciling and fabric painting. Using Kate’s Hola shirt as inspiration and this Munkstown shirt, I came up with these two “very good”shirts. ;)
I instagrammed (find me @deliacreates) about how imperfect the blue one came out and asked if I should try to fix it. The vote leaned toward no (and I was leaning that way already) so I left it. Thanks guys for enabling my laziness! :)
It’s kind of poetic. You can still be “very good” and not perfect. Right?
I also had a short panic-y moment when I wondered if I used correct Spanish grammar (I only know un poquito). For a minute I thought I was supposed to use “muy bien”…which is an adverb and means “very well”. I guess that would be fun too. But muy bueno or very good is what I was going for. Phew!
This kid = such a stud.
Natalie was there too, but she spent most of her time doing this.
Wandering away. :)
If you follow me on instagram, this onsie will look familiar:
I made another sharpie onsie , patterned after the lovely star fabric I used in one of these Geranium dresses and in the pocket lining of these Cargo pants. (I am sorry to say I have no idea what the fabric source is, but it is older, possibly 80’s vintage?)
Her green baby cardigan is seriously getting way too small. It was a warm-ish day but not warm enough for my petite, bald little baby to be out in short sleeves. So, I paired her new onsie with my favorite green cardigan and she was ready to go!… Plus how can you resist her cute little belly poking out of her too small cardigan.
I love this babe.
She did not want to stand still at. all. She happily zipped around in her sunglasses, while I caught these paparazzi-like (or mamarazzi?) shots of her walking away…
The boys kept trying to entice her into the shot, so I could get all three of them. This is the best I got…
I kind of think it’s perfect. :)
Have a good one.