How to Decorate Kids' T-Shirts

Tees Please Kids' T-Shirt

You don't have to be a great artist to make a terrific T-shirt. The tees please kids' T-shirt uses a collection of cool images to make a personalized T-shirt design.

What You'll Need:

  • Cotton T-shirt in any color
  • Pictures cut out from printed fabric (the bigger, the better) of cars, aircraft, horses, stuffed animals, flowers, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Dual-sided fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Fabric paint in tubes
  • Wide piece of cardboard

How to make the tees please kids' T-shirt:

Step 1: Wash and dry the T-shirt first; don't use fabric softener. (Fabric softener keeps the interfacing and paint from bonding completely.)

Step 2: Cut out the pictures and other shapes from the fabric. Plan your original design. Then cut out interfacing to match the fabric pieces.

Step 3: Iron the interfacing onto the fabric pieces following package instructions. Then, iron the fabric pieces onto the T-shirt.

To make the shirt even more durable, use a sewing machine to make small stitches around each picture.

Step 4: Slip the cardboard form into the T-shirt to make the fabric taut before painting. Using fabric paint in a tube, outline all edges of the pictures. This helps anchor them to the T-shirt.

Step 5: Let the paint dry, and then outline the edges again. Let dry for 24 hours. Avoid using fabric softener in the wash later, because it could loosen the fabric pictures.

The kids' T-shirt decorating idea in the next section uses an unlikely item -- house paint -- to make a totally unique T-shirt. Keep reading to learn more.

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