So my first born K just turned 3. He requested a Star Wars party. With parties I like to give out favors that are useful So this year I decided to do freezer paper t-shirts.
Let me start by saying it was almost impossible to find plain t-shirts in assorted sizes that weren't too cheaply made. Can't believe it was so difficult. I finally found some at the Dollar store and still had to buy a couple packs of the plain white undershirts and cami's.
What you will need:
Freezer Paper(this can usually be found in your local grocer in the Reynolds wrap section)
Self Healing Mat(this is helpful but can be done w/o just ues really thick cardboard)
Fabric Paint or Acrylic paint mixed with a Textile Medium
Craft knife or or some sort of exacto knife
You will first need to decide on what images you will be putting on your shirts. You can usually find a ton of free clip art or free stencils. You can also use coloring book pages. Just remember when choosing an image you will be cutting out all the detail....a lot of detail equals a lot of cutting.
Oh and prewash your shirts first if they are new.
Trace you image onto your freezer paper or if you are brave cut your freezer paper to the size of copy paper and send it through your printer. Just make sure to print it on the smooth side and not the waxed side. Cut out your images out with your exacto knife. Now here I also like to cut an extra solid piece of freezer paper to iron to the inside of your shirt. This will keep the paint from bleeding and it will stay put. Line you image up with you t-shirt wax side down and iron it to your shirt. be gentle here so you don't catch the edge of your iron and rip it. Let's just say that tidbit came from a lesson learned. ;) Now I forgot a pic but I am sure you get the idea.
Once ironed get out your paint supplies and get to painting. now if you don't have fabric paint or want to use acrylic paint remember to add your medium first. The directions are on the bottle.
Sponge it on very well....you don't want any missed spots. allow to dry completely and check for any missed areas.
Once it is completely dry and you are satisfied with your paint job peel off your freezer paper.
You aren't done quite yet. You still need to heat set your paint job. This will help to set your color for washing. Place a thin piece of fabric over your painted area and iron for a few minutes. Don't burn your fabric...make sure it is on the correct setting. And DO NOT steam it.
The TA-DA!!!!! Adorable t-shirts!!! Now you can do this to any shirt or fabric for that matter. You can use this in everyday life just to dress up your child's wardrobe or even your own. Have fun with it! I loved these and made a few extra for my boys! What do you think? Would you be happy to receive something like this as a party favor for your child?
If you decide to try this let me know and share a pic. I would love to see!Oh and I need to send out a big THANK YOU to my friend Megan for helping me get these started. Thank you to my mom and sister for helping me finish them! Thank you!