There’s just something about making things with my own hands that I love. There’s something so satisfying about taking something from an idea to a finished product.
I got it in my head that I wanted to make the kids Valentine’s shirts when I was looking around for inspiration on Valentine’s for Aedyn’s class. I saw a hysterical little Valentine that had a bandaid and said “Stuck on you”.
Anyone who’s got a 2 year old boy can understand why I find that beyond funny. I’m not going to recap some of the Adventures Of Zenny, though I should, I keep hearing that he is so funny, I should start a blog to chronicle his adventures. I’d rather not – Ha.
So I fired up the computer and began creating.
Have you heard of freezer paper stencilling? I saw a post about it many, many moons ago, when I was pregnant with Zenen. The idea stuck with me, in the back of my mind waiting to be used. (If only all my information was so conveniently stored…)
I’ve included steps for people with Silhouette cutters and people without, this craft works both ways! If you don’t have a cutting machine, your instructions will follow the photos!
I found the download for the feathered arrows for Aedyn’s shirt here! I took a set of 4, and flipped em 90 degrees. The inspiration for her shirt was another shirt she had from The Gap, it has sparkly arrows and she adores it. I knew she’d love this one!
If you have a Silhouette, follow these steps:
2. Affix Freezer Paper shiny side down on cutting mat. If you have one mat that is less sticky, try that one, as the freezer paper is quite thin and can be difficult to remove without ripping.
3. Cut paper – My blades are not brand new, so I set them to blade position 4, speed 3, thickness 3. And cut away.
4. Slide a firm object in between layers of shirt and iron the Freezer Paper plastic side down until all edges are pressed well. I used a heat resistant plastic cutting board and ironed right on my counter top, as I was able to really press down and ensure all the stencil edges were sealed without the shirt moving.
5. Using a paint brush, apply paint on fabric. I wanted the heart in Aedyn’s shirt to be sparkly, so I painted it first with baby pink, and shook some of these sparkles on it – then I gently shook off the excess before changing colours.
6. Allow paint to dry, or don’t, before removing stencil. Once paint is dry you’ve just got to work slower to remove the stencil, but it’s a great option if you’re like me and will do a perfect job until the stencil removal portion and then destroy the entire shirt with one false move! Ha!
7. Show everyone how stinkin’ cute your handmade shirts are 🙂
If you don’t have a Silhouette:
1. Find or design a stencil of your choice. You’re welcome to use this JPEG of the arrows I used for Aedyn’s shirt, or print a picture of Zenen’s and trace it. I forgot to save a JPEG of his.
.JPG file of Arrows & Heart
2. Using a sharp xacto knife, cut the stencil, shiny side down. Follow instructions 4-7 above!