Monday, September 8, 2014

DIY First Birthday Tee Shirt

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!!!
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
  • Felt
  • 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?

Excited to be linking up with Meg, Leeann, Kimberlee, Molly, Carly and Logan!

xoxo
-M

32 comments :

  1. the craft supervisor was the best part!!!

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    1. Haha - thanks! She always needs to be right in the middle of the action!

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  2. How fun!!! Such a cute idea and the monsters are perfect!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Normally I'm awful at freehanding things, so I was pretty happy with how these turned out, and of course I'm obsessed with the little glitzy eyes!

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  3. This is so cute - and I love that you made one for yourself as well!

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    1. Thanks! And that second one is actually for my husband. He and Baby M share the same birthday so I just couldn't resist them having matching tees!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait for him to wear it at the party!

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  5. OH MY GOSH! So stinking cute, well done!

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    1. Thanks Girl! They were a lot easier than I was expecting so I'm really happy I decided to make myself!

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  6. Too adorable!! This party is going to be a blast :)

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    1. Thanks! The monster theme is turning out even cuter than I had imagined so I'm really excited for it to all come together.. as long as I get all the crafting done!

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  7. So precious!!!! Can't wait to plan my baby girl's first bday!
    http://happilyevermock.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! And it's seriously so much fun preparing for this party! Even though I know he won't remember it, I know it'll be worth it for all the special memories and pictures we'll have afterwards!

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  8. A craft supervisor is a must for all DIY projects hah. Love how the shirts turned out!

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    1. Haha - oh yes, my little craft supervisor would certainly agree with you on that! And thanks - I'm so happy they turned out ok since I didn't really have a backup plan!

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  9. wow this is super cute! I just had my 23rd bday yesterday and I wish i would have seen this sooner because I would have totally made a shirt to symbolize my new age. Thanks for the awesome idea plus your dog is adorable what kind of breed is it?

    http://nycfoodiewabooty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww thanks! And Happy Birthday to you!! Maybe you can give these a try for next year. And my little craft supervisor is a Havanese - her breed is known for being near you all the time, which she definitely is!

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    1. Thank you! They really weren't too bad to craft up and I can't wait to see how Baby M looks on his big day!

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  11. I am so impressed girl!! I really wish I had an ounce of DIY ability in me!

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    1. Thank you! Though I promise they really were pretty easy to make! But I say, if you aren't too crafty but still want to DIY, just add some glitter and you're all set- haha!

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  12. Super adorable (and I am also incredibly impressed b/c I am no kind of DIYer AT ALL,) seriously, I am pathetic lol.

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    1. Thank you! And like I mentioned to the previous commenter, I swear these weren't as complicated as they may look! But we have some more novice craft tutorials if you are interested in trying out a more basic DIY, so definitely check them out!

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  13. These little birthday shirts are the cutest!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I think part of it is that anything that little is automatically cute - haha!

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  14. These are just the cutest!

    www.internetlyaddicted.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait for him to wear it this Saturday!

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  15. How stinkin' adorable!! You did such a great job.

    Thanks for linking up for MMG and the kind words on my Monday post :)

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for hosting us over on the linkup!

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  16. Ummmm so this is awesome. I am totally going to use this idea when my little one has a birthday. Brilliant.

    Thanks so much for linking up with us!

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    1. Aww thanks! And let us know how it turns out once you craft it up for your little one!

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