I bought some plain white cotton T-shirts from Asda (Walmart) they were in packs with blue T-Shirts, but they were still the cheapest option. I am sure the blue ones will still come in handy! I already had plenty of fabric pens, as these are used regularly in our household. I did buy 2 more pens as some do get used more than others. I have fabric paint, but I find this is too messy for the children and pens are very easy to use.
They could choose what they wanted to put on their t-shirts, I already had some printed 'Hello Kitty' sheets for them to trace around. I had requests for 'monkeys, ladybirds, and moshi monsters. I simply found some pictures online and printed them out on plain white paper. The children then placed these inside the T-shirts so that they could trace the picture onto the T-Shirt. Please note that when drawing onto T-Shirts, always have some card underneath, so that the pen does not leak through to the other side of the T-Shirt!
Once they had all finished designing, I left the T-shirts for about 10 minutes to make sure the ink was dry. I ironed all the T-Shirts so that the colour was heat sealed to the cotton T-shirt. This stops the colour from running when you wash them. The children also designed on the back of the T-shirts and around the neck and arms.
Below is a photograph of all the party girls, modelling their finished T-Shirts.
Here is what was needed:
- Plain Cotton T-Shirts (white preferable for tracing!)
- Fabric Pens (assorted colours)
- Card or cardboard (to stop pen leaking through)
- Printed Designs (to trace from)
- Place the cardboard inside the T-Shirt
- If tracing also place that inside the T-Shirt
- Draw your design onto the T-shirt
- Once dry (about 10 minutes) iron over the pen design
Does anyone else want to share with me what crafts they have done at their children's parties?