My nephews have officially become nerds – just like their mother, their grandparents, great-grandparents and their auntie, they need glasses. A visit to the optometrist told my sister that they had both inheirited the bad eyeballs gene. The oldest didn’t seem to mind either way, and the youngest informed me “that he looked good in all of them” (the glasses at the store). So at least they weren’t bummed like I had been when I first had to start wearing ’em.
A few days after they started donning their new specs, my sister called and asked if I would make the boys nerd shirts like I had made Russell last year. That sounded so awesome but what do nerdy kids under 8 need with a calculator unless it is to spell words like 80085?
So rather than give them nerdy shirts that they couldn’t identify with, I put Russell to work sketching things that would conceivable be in their shirt pockets along with their geeky taped up specs. Now the original embroidery pattern can be found at Urban Threads. Since we modified a pattern for sale, it isn’t a freebie, but mimic what we did with things your kiddos geek out over!
Here are the modified patterns. On the left is Con’s shirt. He likes superheroes and his favorite foods are chocolate, fudge and hot fudge in that order. The one on the right is Holo’s, he’s more studious so he got a pen and pencil but he also got a video game thingie, because kid is way into the tech.
First Russell sketched the chocolate bar, generic superhero, and handheld video game-a-ma-bob. I scanned them into Photoshop and removed the calculator from the original pattern. Then I placed the sketches in there and drew over them to get a nice, clean pattern!
For this project you will need:
Print out the patterns to the correct size (for a size small I went 4 inches and for a size medium I went 4.5 inches) – turn over and trace the pattern with the transfer pen or using a plain old red transfer pencil. I’ve come to really love the pens because it’s so much quicker and you don’t have to push down like you do with the pencils. But take note, these sucky transfers DO NOT wash out like the red pencil does.
Get your iron heated and place your pattern onto the shirt where the pocket would normally be. Be sure that your traced part is down on the fabric and the original printing is facing you. For more details about this, check out the previous nerd shirt post!
You can either paint the shirts for them or let them color them up themselves. Since these were a surprise, I did the hard work but saved the pattern in case they wanted to color up their own.
Originally I had worked up an orange shirt but the color wound up really not working with the color scheme I painted on and I wound up redoing it on neon yellow which worked perfectlyAlso, this was my first time using Tulip Fabric Markers, being a Sharpie fiend, but I LOVED these markers for several reasons. 1 – a LOT more colors which really helped out for coloring the chocolate since there was a brown one. 2 – fine tip on one end. 3 – brush tip on the other end. 4 – nice, even flow. 5 – ability to shade with the markers – if I went over one area a few more times with the marker, it would shade really, really nicely. This is something I’ve tried with my Sharpies but have never been successful at. So basically, I’m a convert.
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