Fashionable crafting: Three ideas for creating one-of-a-kind T-shirts

Disney FamilyFun magazine

Want something you and your fashion-forward child can make together? Try out these three easy T-shirt design ideas by Disney FamilyFun magazine.

Carrot-Print Mosaic

Whittle carrot tips into squares or triangles, and you’ve got the perfect implements for printing a mosaic onto a shirt.

Slip a piece of cardboard inside a prewashed T-shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the other side. Create the stamps by cutting the tips of a few carrots into your chosen shape (an adult’s job). Meanwhile, your child can sketch a few designs (simple shapes work best). When she’s settled on one, have her use a pencil to sketch it lightly on the shirt. Pour fabric paint onto plastic plates. Dip the carrot tips into the paint and fill the sketched design with stamped shapes. Set the paint according to the package directions.

Reverse Stencils

Your kids will have a blast with this technique, which involves spraying paint all over a shirt that’s covered with a Con-Tact paper stencil.

Slip a piece of cardboard inside a prewashed T-shirt to prevent paint from bleeding through to the other side. Lay the shirt face up on newspaper. Have your child draw a shape, such as a shark (get a free template at FamilyFun.com/funshop), swirl, or flower, on Con-Tact paper. Cut out the shape and adhere it to the shirt, smoothing it so that it’s firmly attached, especially at the edges. In a spray bottle, mix three parts fabric paint to two parts warm water and shake.

Spray the paint onto the fabric all around the cutout. A light spray is less likely to seep under the stencil. When the paint is dry, remove the Con-Tact paper stencil and the cardboard, then set the paint according to the package directions.

Flip-flop Tee

Kids are sure to flip over this clever summertime shirt. Start with a strip of paper-backed fusible web (we used Heat n Bond UltraHold) large enough to trace a pair of sandals onto. Iron the strip onto the back of a piece of cotton fabric. Trace sandal soles onto the paper backing, then cut out the shapes. Iron the shapes onto a prewashed cotton T-shirt according to the directions on the fusible web package. For each sandal strap, handstitch the center of a 9-inch piece of ribbon to the front of the sandal, as shown. Fold under the ends of the ribbons and stitch them in place along the sides of the sandals.