Hey Gals! Baby M’s Monster Mash party is less than a week away (omg!) and I’ve been crafting up a storm to get ready. While the theme may be monsters, the unofficial theme is DIY!! Today I wanted to share a super easy and adorable project that will work for any theme or age – DIY age tee shirts! Way before I knew what sort of party I wanted to throw, I knew that Baby M would be wearing a tee that spelled out his new age. And not only that, Grill Guy would also be wearing a matching tee shirt, since he and Baby M share the same birthday! Even though Baby M is stealing the show for this party, we’re technically celebrating both the little and big monsters so of course they needed matching tee shirts!
After perusing Pinterest and Etsy, I knew I loved the simple design of spelling out the ages, and I even found some versions that had little monsters on them!
|The inspiration, image from Pinterest|
The only catch – the price! The one I liked best that had a monster on it was going for $37 for the baby version, plus a matching adult tee would require an additional fee for customization, so I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Instead I pulled out my DIY hat and decided to try my hand at making them myself! Let me first throw out the disclaimer that I do not have any extensive knowledge of how to sew and in fact, all I’ve ever previously done was maybe sew on a loose button here or there. But I promise you these are easy peasy and the most difficult part is cutting out the letters! On top of these tees being a lot cheaper, I love that I was able to customize them 100% and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!
|Note- be sure to supervise your "Craft Supervisor" in the event that they decide to clean their puppy paws on the supplies!!!|
- Tee Shirt (I picked these up from American Apparel since the softness just can’t be beat)
- Fabric squares (I picked up a bundle of quilting squares which left me with more than enough for both tees)
- Needle and thread
- Non-toxic glue
- Glitter glue (optional)
- Printed out letter template
To start, I printed out the letters to spell both ages, and used a template on my fabric squares. I basically just printed the letters on heavier cardstock, then traced onto the back of my fabric, so you couldn’t see any remaining pencil marks (be sure to also flip the letter over and trace with the backside up!).
Next, I cut out all of the letters and as I noted above, this was by far the most painful part! I tend to have a pretty shaky hand, so this took me some time, but I’m pretty pleased with the results!
After that, I used non-toxic glue to adhere my letters onto the tees. This way I didn’t have to worry about trying to keep everything straight when I was sewing them to the shirt!
|Don't worry, once the glue dries, you don't see it at all|
Once the glue was dry, I hand stitched the letters to the tee with a neutral, thin thread.
Lastly, I knew I just had to have add a little monster love, so I free form drew the outline of the monster onto my felt, and added a little glitzy eye (wouldn’t be a TSN project without at least a little glitter!).
I used the same glue and sew technique to attach the monster and then added in a little balloon, making sure to stitch a long piece of thread up as the string.
All in all I was pretty surprised at just how easy this project turned out to be and I’m in love with the results (and super happy I decided to make myself!).
I promise to share some pics of both the little and big monster in their matching tees at the party! What do you think – would you give this DIY a try and make your own birthday tee?