Anyway, after making Little Brother's Car Heart Shirt, I figured I should make something for the girls. Again, I wanted something they could wear all year long and not just in February. We're really proud of Firecracker and her hard work in reading this year, so I wanted to play that up a bit...
I did some image searches, but couldn't quite come up with one that was what I wanted, so I used several and changed up some things to make it work in two tones. After I'd made Firecracker's, I shortened the hair a bit to come up with Sweet Pea's version. Both shirts were hand-me-downs from friends...one with the tags still on it. Both templates are included at the end of this post.
(This stencil was done on a cotton/polyester blend shirt and ended up with a more distressed finish than Firecracker's shirt which was done on 100% cotton. I suggest using all cotton, but I was just going with what I had on hand.)
Freezer Paper Stenciling is really easy...way easier than I realized, or I would have tried it sooner. You start by drawing or printing your design onto the papery side of freezer paper. Then use a good pair of scissors or a razor blade to cut out your design.
Iron the freezer paper with the shiny side down onto your shirt.
Make use to check all the edges to see that they're sealed well. (You don't want paint to get underneath.)
Then use a stiff brush to blot the paint on. Most people use fabric paint. I haven't made it to the store to get fabric paint since I fell in love with freezer paper stencilling...so I use regular acrylic craft paint. Acrylic craft paint will be totally permanent, but it gives the finished shirt more of a distressed look. I've also found that you don't want to put the paint on too thick, or it can end up looking really distressed.
And keep in mind that if you want to get one good picture of three kids trying to show off their cute new shirts, that it will be nearly impossible...especially if your husband is on the phone and it's approaching naptime. You're very likely to get a series of funny pictures like this:
If you make any shirts of your own I'd love to see them.
And if you make one of these shirts for your daughter, you really should read her the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. They're favorites at our house...especially Ramona the Pest.
And last, but not least...if you're still reading this...stay tuned for more details on our new shelves that will be appearing later this week.
Click here for the Free Girl Reading Book Stencil.
Click here for the Free Toddler Girl Reading Book Stencil.