To begin you will need the following supplies:
- Shirt or dress ($5)
- Shimmer Sheets (Tulip offers a pack of 4 for $14)
- Template or pattern for design (free!)
- Paper Towel
I found my shirts at Hobby Lobby. The little tank dress, which I will layer over a long sleeve shirt or pair with a cute denim jacket, was originally only $8.99. And then of course I used my 40% off coupon, which made the price even better! The fitted t-shirt is actually a woman's extra small. I like the cut of the shirt better than the boxy children's shirts. Since it will be long on my first grade daughter, she can wear it like a tunic/dress with printed leggings.
1. Now for the shirt design, you can use any pattern you wish. Candy canes, snowflakes, snowmen, ginger bread men etc. I chose a reindeer silhouette and the profile of Santa Claus. Simply do an internet search for the image you are looking for and print it. You can find the reindeer pattern I used here and the Santa Claus pattern here. Both are free downloads from their respective sites. I free-handed my heart. And I used a stencil to create my letter "I".
2. To cut the patterns exactly, trace the design on the shimmer sheet first. Or tape both the pattern and the shimmer sheet together and cut them at the same time. (If you have a fancy cutting machine, that will work too!) Once they were cut, I spaced out my images on the shirts, making sure they were straight and centered.
3. Finally, I placed a paper towel on top of the Shimmer sheet and began ironing.
The Shimmer sheets adhere easily to the shirts. Check the edges of the images to make sure they are secure. Re-iron where necessary.
I dressed up our Old Navy leggings by adding these ruffle cuffs. Just ruffle up some fabric around a circle of elastic. Then you can slip the cuffs on and off easily to change the look of the legging without making any permanent changes.
You could also pair the shirts with a fluffy tutu-skirt for Holiday parties. I am happy that they were so easy to make and that I didn't have to spend a lot of money on an outfit that will only be worn during December. This shirt idea works well for little guys and moms too!
Now that I see how simple these were to create, I already have ideas for personalizing more shirts for birthdays, favorite sports teams, and upcoming holidays--New Year's Eve is just around the corner!
Counting down the days til Christmas... are you ready? :)
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