Birthday Shirts

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I know I posted about how much I love personalized shirts, but I thought I’d provide more detail, in case you’d like to do it yourself.  The boys turned 3 this week, and our theme was the new Disney movie “Zootopia.” It wasn’t easy finding fun things for the party, including shirts, since its a brand new movie. So I decided to make them myself.

What you’ll need:

  • Prewashed cotton t-shirts
  • Transfers
  • Printer
  • Iron
  • Computer

How to assemble:

  1. Decide on the design you’d like. I usually find a graphic I like, and decide what wording to use. In this case, I wanted a character as well as their name and age on the shirt.
  2. Using some sort of software, lay out the design. I use Microsoft Word mostly. I’ll use Paint as well to crop images as needed. This step takes some time. I will print the layout on regular paper before I do it on the transfers to make sure I like it, and that the size is correct.
  3. Once you’re happy with the layout, load your transfers into your printer. Make sure to read the directions on the transfers. I prefer to use the kind that doesn’t require you to flip the images. These can be found at any big box store.
  4. Cut the image out. I like to keep a little white edge around the image.
  5. Peel the backing off the transfer. This is tedious! Be careful not to rip or stretch the transfer.

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6. Lay the transfer on the shirt and position it. Think about where it will lay on the chest of the person wearing it.

7. Follow the directions on your transfers to iron it on. I find it best to do it on a very hard surface, like the kitchen counter, using a pillow case underneath. Most come with a sheet to use between the transfer and iron. Be careful to not burn the transfer!

8. Set the item to the side and let cool completely before wearing.

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