T-Shirt Factory

SewingOne summer when I was ten or eleven-ish, I had the nicest babysitter.  In addition to a daughter my age, she had a petting zoo of farm animals (I remember the ferret and the pot-bellied pig, in particular), an unlimited supply of Disney movies, and a trampoline.  Also, as long as the messy parts were done outside, she was very encouraging of our art projects--I believe that was the summer I learned what a hot glue gun is.

One of our favorite art projects was a game called "T-shirt factory".  A box of puff paints, as many of my Dad's white undershirts as he'd let me steal, and we were in business for a whole afternoon of t-shirt decorating fun.  So when a co-worker gifted me a box of her son's outgrown clothes, I knew exactly what to do with them.


I decorated these with freezer paper stencils.  While you could easily draw your own, I used some from the Lotta book.  Although you can't see it in any of these pictures, it's very important that you put some sort of barrier (cardboard, a grocery sack) inside the t-shirt, so that the paint doesn't bleed through to the back.

I was super-happy with how these turned out.  Sweet Husband even commented that--with more grown-up stencils, obviously--he might like a few new decorated shirts!

I also sewed and stenciled a few tiny hats.  They're made from the Soulemama old-shirts pattern used for the wee Haitians, although I did hem the bottoms to make them a bit neater looking.

Sewing1The colors were totally accidental, but in retrospect, a few pink ones were probably wise just in case Nice Mom and Ms. Redhead are right and the Draino is wrong.