mongrammed t-shirt tutorial

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i’m a lover of diy projects, and my kids love it even more if the diy is for them!

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 fair goods let me choose a font from their amazing selection (wow that was hard!), and i landed on kewl script.  because i knew i was going to use this font for a monogram, i made sure to choose one with some “bulk” to it.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i printed out a few different sizes of the font in each of my girls’ initials until i found just the right size.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 then i taped the monograms to my table, and taped pieces of freezer paper (glossy side down) on top.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i traced the outline of each monogram.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 then i taped that tracing to a surface (i used an old clipboard) and used an exacto knife to cut out the monogram from the freezer paper.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i made sure to keep the pieces from inside the loops.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i taped the monogram on my daughter’s shirt while she was wearing it so i could get just the right placement.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 once i got the monogram in just the right place, i then taped the outlined portion of the monogram to the shirt.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 then i removed the other part of the monogram out from under.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

with a warm, dry iron, i pressed the freezer paper to the shirt.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 next i placed the inner pieces of the loops in just the right spot.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

then i pressed those pieces as well.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 this is the area that will be painted.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i made sure to press the freezer paper well at the edges so that the paint wouldn’t leak under.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 as you can see, i chose a lower case letter for gracie and an upper case for lily.  there were actually several choices for each upper and lower case, so it was really fun to choose my favorite!

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i use deco art metallic fabric paint and martha stewart crafts multi-surface glitter paint, and a sponge “pouncer” from walmart.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 using very little paint, i “pounced” the paint over the monogram.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 as you can see, the paint is pretty transparent after one coat.  in hindsight, i would’ve painted out the monogram in a more opaque color (maybe black or white), and then the stripes wouldn’t show up so well.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i ended up doing about 5 coats of the gold paint, and 2 coats of the glitter paint.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i liked it with just the shimmery gold paint, but i knew my girls would love some added sparkle with the glitter.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 once the paint was completely dry, i very carefully and slowly pulled the freezer paper off the shirt, keeping my finger on the edge of the painted sections while separating the fabric from the paper.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

after i peeled off the majority of the paper, i peeled off the little pieces inside the loops.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 i love how crisp the lines ended up!

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 when the paint was completely dry, i pressed the monograms again with a pressing cloth over them to help “set” the paint.

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 

 

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 

monogrammed t-shirt tutorial at the pleated poppy

 thank you to fair goods for helping make 2 very happy girls!  they love dressing alike!

 

what i wore

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what i wore at the pleated poppy

 it is officially sweater weather now!  all i want to do is dress comfy and cozy!

sweater – forever 21

shirt – forever 21

jeans – local boutique

converse – nordstrom rack

necklace – lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

 i wore this for church.

sweater – forever 21

top – hand-me-down (gap)

corduroy skirt – old navy

tights – target

boots – steve madden

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and now a little “what they wore” or what they will wear ;)

my mom made all of our costumes when i was a kid.  they were way better than any store bought ones.  and i have made almost all of my kids’ costumes as well.  you know what?  they do love it when i make them myself, but they don’t care as much as i do.  so this year, it worked out perfectly that i was out of time to make their costumes when halloweencostumes.com offered to send costumes for my kids!  we quickly ditched their original costume ideas and went historical.  not only will they wear these for halloween, but also for our school’s history day next month – win-win!

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lily’s costumesilas’ costumegracie’s costume

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we got ours fast – overnight!  so its not too late for you if you haven’t made or bought your costumes yet!

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