Hey, y’all! I’m slowly getting my Disney projects from our Christmas vacation posted. Looking back over all this stuff is TOTALLY making me want to go back NOW! I’m so tempted to start planning another trip, although at best we probably wouldn’t be able to go back until late next year.
I loved making these matching family t-shirts, and they were a hit at the parks. As a large family we get lots of attention anyway, whether we like it or not. With all of us in cute matching tees, we got lots of comments…and thankfully all of them positive ones! You never know when you’re going to run into those random people who think large families are crazy, but fortunately at Disney World most people appreciate kids! 😉
I made these tees using my Silhouette Cameo. I found an awesome tutorial HERE for how to turn a free online coloring page into a Silhouette cut file. So all I had to do was search “(character name) free coloring page” in Google (with Images as the selected result type) for each shirt I wanted to make, and then follow her directions to make a cut file. I asked each child (and hubby) which character each one wanted, and then away I went!
I had previously purchased the Silhouette fabric stenciling kit, and this was the first time I’d used it. I do NOT recommend using the stencil vinyl. It is colorless and transparent, and with designs as intricate as the ones I used, it is almost impossible to see your cut lines well enough to weed your cut design. So I used regular vinyl. MUCH easier to see and weed! And while I also see many suggestions to use freezer paper for stencils (and have done so myself for other projects), these have too many small pieces to effectively transfer and iron on. Just use regular vinyl. Trust me.
Here is one of my characters…cut, weeded, and ready to stencil:
I used transfer paper and applied my vinyl stencil to a piece of fabric. Now you could apply it directly onto a t-shirt, but I wanted them to “pop” a little bit more, so I stenciled all of my characters onto a contrasting color of fabric and then attached THAT to each tee.
Here is Buzz transferred to a piece of orange cotton quilting fabric, ready to be stenciled:
I used the black fabric ink that came with my Silhouette fabric stenciling set. This was easy to work with, and it has held up great so far to being machine washed. I used the foam brush that also came in the kit, and kind of used a combination of dabbing it on and gently spreading the thick ink over the whole design.
Once I had the whole design inked, I let it dry completely. It didn’t take very long…maybe 20 minutes or so. If your ink is thicker in places it might take longer. While one design was drying I just worked on the next one.
Once it’s dry just carefully peel off all the vinyl…
And you’ll be left with a nice outline of your character. (Sorry this pic is blurry!)
I ironed a piece of Heat N Bond Ultrahold (the non-sewable version) to the BACK of the fabric after the image was transferred. I just made sure the piece was large enough for the design and the oval/circle I wanted to cut around the character.
What I did next was go back into my Silhouette program and draw an oval or circle around the character, drawing it in such a way that each character had a small part (a hand, a tail, etc.) extended beyond the circle. Then I cut that circle/oval out of card stock (with the Silhouette), and used it as a template to trace around the character, tracing it onto the paper side of the Heat N Bond. You’ll want to trace the circle itself, and trace any parts of your character that extend outside the circle. I wish I had remembered to take photos of those steps. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. If any of y’all want photos, drop me a note in the comments and I’ll get some added here.
I finally have a small light table for tracing things (yay!), but for the longest time I didn’t and I’d just trace things like this by holding them against a window, taping them in place with masking tape if necessary.
Then I cut out the circle/oval containing the character, cutting around any parts I left outside the circle. Once it was cut out I peeled off the paper side of the Heat N Bond, centered the design on the t-shirt and ironed it on. Here’s Pluto cut out within an oval and ironed onto my littlest guy’s tee:
The black around the perimeter of the circle is just Tulip slick fabric paint in a squeeze bottle. I just free-hand outlined the circle and the parts extending beyond the circle with this paint. I like the added definition it gives to the overall design, and most of all it seals the edges of the fabric down so it doesn’t peel up when you wash it. I highly recommend this step if you want to be able to machine wash your tees.
And here we all are in our matching tees, early in the morning on our first Magic Kingdom day:
It’s obvious that several of my kiddos were less than thrilled about getting up before 6 a.m. so we could make our 8:05 Be Our Guest breakfast reservations! We got the requisite nearly-empty-park-castle-photos, but half of them were NOT in smiling for the camera mode. Oh, well!
They were happier once they were awake!
If you’d like to make these and have any questions, please let me know by commenting below! And if you make some and blog about it, I’d love it if you’d link my post and send me a link to your own so I can check them out! I love to know when these tutorials are useful! Thanks!