Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines Day Shirts

Yesterday was a day of projects, and one that I worked on was Valentine's Day shirts. My sister in law, Jamie, made adorable freezer paper shirts for the kids around Christmas, and I LOVED them.

Instead of using freezer paper, I used my Cricut to make the stencil for the shirts.

I picked up a couple shirts for my daughter at Walmart on clearance after Christmas. On my cricut, I chose a heart pattern. I removed the heart and used the "remaining" stencil for the design. Of course, since I was using vinyl it adhered right to the fabric perfectly.

On one shirt I added a heart shape to the middle of the stencil so this area would remain pink and give me a heart in a heart design. The other shirt, I cut out I (heart) you to put in the center of the heart stencil so that when you took the letters away, the outline of the letters would show.

Prior to painting, you should really put a piece of cardboard in the shirt to prevent the paint from seeping to the back of the shirt. I skipped this step..but trust me, you'll want to do it. (-:

Using fabric paint, I sponged the cutout of the stencil with paint....paying special attention to get the paint around the edges of the stencil. I wanted a washed out look so I did not put the paint on thick.
If you don't have a cricut, you could do this with freezer paper, and also use stickers to make a "design in a design". I was fortunate enough to get a ton of vinyl from Lowes at a deep discount, but if I had to buy vinyl from a craft store for this project, I most definitely would have went with freezer paper to cut costs.

Here are the finished products. I think they turned out pretty well, and it was a quick project. I think it is a cheap way to dress up a plain tshirt...I'll definitely be doing this again soon! After our Valentine's Day party tomorrow, I should have some pictures of my daughter wearing one of them, and we'll see how durable they really are! (-;


Denise said...

Adorable! I cant wait to see pics of her wearing them.

Me said...

They turned out super cute! What a smart cookie you are!

Annette said...

You are so cute! I don't know if I have time to do this before Valentines. I may have to do an Easter or spring shirt!

Kristen said...

That is so stinking cute, probably more for a girl though instead of a boy. My oldest wouldn't even put any hearts on his Valentine's Day box!

Maricris Zen Mama said...

That's a very nifty idea. Thanks for sharing it. Happy Valentines day!

Grand Pooba said...

Cute! You are so lucky to have a cricket!

Shawn said...

I'm a crafty Momma with a Cricut but I never would have thought to use it for that!

What an inspiration!