Every year I get all gung-ho for Mother's Day crafts, but for some reason, I start to loose steam by Father's Day. I'm not really sure why that happens...doesn't really matter...it's just not right! Dad's deserve crafts too! This year, I was waaaaay ahead of the game and am just so dang proud of myself.
I was inspired by this t-shirt I found on Pinterest. It features kid art made by drawing a picture on a t-shirt using a bleach pen. So awesome! I absolutely love functional kid art.
So, even though I can't stand bleach and this technique has already been covered by the blogosphere at large, I will show you what we did and how our shirts turned out. I was able to score some nice cotton t-shirts for half-off clearance price which made them about $4 each. (Not that the dads aren't worth more, but I wasn't sure how this would turn out and didn't want to drop a ton of cash on shirts that were possibly destined for the rag bag.) Little did I know the shirts were huger than HUGE. Possibly on clearance due to extreme mislabeling...the one below is a small. Just kidding, it's an XL, but it's a super-sized XL.
I didn't catch the super-sized issue until we were ready to start, so we went ahead as planned and crossed fingers that these puppies would shrink in the wash later. (They did not.) The only other things you need are a bleach pen, some cardboard to put inside the shirt and something to protect your work surface.
STEP 1: Unfold your shirt and stuff a piece of cardboard inside it to keep the bleach from soaking through to the back. I ended up using a box, so that it would be easier for my 5-year-old to visualize her drawing space...didn't want the design to be too big or off-center. It also helped a little to keep the fabric taught while she was drawing.
Step 3: Carefully remove the cardboard from inside the shirt and carry your shirt to the sink...taking care not to get bleach on any other part of the shirt or yourself. (I know...good luck.) Rinse all of the bleach off the shirt and then toss it in the washing machine for a good wash.
Step 4: Iron if needed. Admire.
How cute are these shirts? I love them and am so excited that all of the dads, grandpas, papaws and pop-pops in our family will have new gigantic mumus to sleep in. :)
There's still time to get these made before Sunday, so I hope you'll give it a try. If you do and you blog about it, send me a photo and I'll link to you blog at the end of this post. And if you want to keep in touch...here's where I am...
And a very Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful fathers and grandfather's out there! Thank you for all your love and everything you do. We wouldn't be here without you!!