Friday, July 29, 2011

DIY Fashion: Design Your Own T-Shirt

Inspire kids to design their own t-shirts!
I made the mistake of going into Michael’s craft store the other day. Well, it’s not really a mistake when there’s an actual reason you have to go. However, when you go in for one thing and come out with other things you didn’t intend on buying (you know, like those trips to Walmart or Target), it’s a mistake. However, it’s hard to turn down a good deal. Case in point: T-shirts on sale 2 for $5.


The artist in me decided that designing a t-shirt would be a fun summer project. I was watching my friend’s 7-year-old daughter that day, so of course she was down with the idea of creating a unique t-shirt. Want to keep those rambunctious kids busy for an hour or so? This is the project for them! Besides, it will inspire them to show off their creativity and encourage them to express themselves in a fun way.

My friend’s daughter loves Selena Gomez, so she used this t-shirt as a chance to show how much she adores the teen idol. I still have yet to figure out what kind of design I’m going to paint on my own t-shirt. Maybe a message like, "You are beautiful!  Yes, YOU!"   I have neon pink and glittery purple paint to work with - although I may go back to Michael’s and get some rhinestones and iron-ons....

Fabric paint

If you don’t feel comfortable using your own hands to draw art, nowadays there are shops that let you design your own t-shirt using their online shirt builder. Add your own digital art or use the designs that are offered with the software. Some shops even let you create your own personalized hoodie, polo shirt, handbag, or sweat shirt. Who says you can’t be a clothing designer?
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