Today we’re going to make kid’s tee shirts from coloring pages. It’s simple and a lot of fun for kiddos to color their own shirts!
My nephews are into this little thing called Skylanders. I’m sure you’ve heard of them if you’ve ever been around little kids that dig video games. Apparently there are hundreds of these things but each child always seems to have their favorite. For my nephews it was Trigger Happy and Chop Chop.
When I see my nephews they are always asking if we can have “crafty time”. As such I try to keep things interesting and always bring something down with me to fill that need. Since they love coloring and they love these little Skylanders, I made them tee shirts to color with fabric markers from coloring book pages I found online.
They got really excited when they saw them and got after them immediately. Like flopping down on the living room floor and coloring straight away. So they colored their shirts and we had a really fun photo shoot out by the old train car.
For this project you will need:
- White tee shirts
- Printed coloring book pages (can be found online for using a search engine)
- Transfer pencil or transfer pen (FYI – sulky transfer is permanent and leaves no room for error)
- Hot iron
- Fabric markers
Print your coloring book page to the size that you want on your shirt. Or if you don’t have a program to size it, print it at whatever size it is and use a copier to enlarge or shrink to fit as needed.
Flip your print over and use your transfer pencil or pen (I used a Sulky permanent transfer pen in brown) and trace the image from the front. Doing the pages this way ensures that we have the image the “right way” and helps us for placement on the tee in the next step.
Place your coloring book page, traced side down onto your tee. Use the printed image on the top to help center your image well on your tee. Use a hot iron to transfer the lines to your shirt. When transferring never, ever move the iron around like when you’re trying to remove wrinkles. Pick the iron up and place it down rather than rubbing the iron around on your transfer which will cause your lines to blur.
Now take a black fabric marker and trace your transferred image as cleanly as possible. Use an iron to set or follow the directions for your particular fabric marker when complete.
Now comes the fun part! Give the kids a box of fabric markers and let them get after it!
And encourage them to use their inspirational item to help with their color choices.
Their grandmother, Yaya, wound up busting out her fabric markers so that they had more color choices than the cheapie set of five that I had brought with me but only the older nephew took her up on the additional colors.
Be sure to set the shirt after coloring as directed by the fabric markers you use.
And be sure to encourage the kids to embellish their shirts as they see fit. Here Trigger Happy is standing on a yellow brick. There’s some writing on there and I think it’s supposed to be “trigger happy” in six year old.
Brothers will always photobomb each other. Always.
And the obligatory silly pictures. Hoping your Monday is a fun day!
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