The craft show is in just TWO WEEKS!!! YIKES! Since the show is May 1st (come out to Keller, TX if you are in the DFW area!), I wanted to make 4th of July shirts to sell since that will be the next holiday. I was trying to come up with at least one style that didn't scream '4th of July' so hopefully a little kiddo could wear it for more than just one day out of the year. This is what I came up with...
...and here is how to make it!
1. I used a Cricut to cut out freezer paper stencils to make the diamonds. For this shirt I cut 2.5" squares. They ended up being a little big, so next time I would probably make 2" squares. (This step actually took FOREVER because the dang Cricut is all out of whack. So, if anyone knows how to fix a Cricut that doesn't want to cut all the way through paper without tearing as it goes, please fill me in! And yes, I replaced the blade, changed the pressure setting, changed the blade length, and the speed. I tried it all over the past couple nights and I am about to scream!)
2. Iron on the stencils. I did the center stencil first all by itself and painted the white diamond. (sorry...no pic of that!)Don't forget to put something in the shirt so the paint doesn't bleed through to the back of the shirt! Then after it was completely dried, I removed the center stencil and then I ironed on the two side stencils, making sure not to iron over the paint. I was pretty sure it would smear if I touched it with the iron!
To get more instructions on how to cut and use feezer paper, check out a previous post HERE.
3. Paint the blue and red diamonds and let dry completely. I used two coats of paint for all diamonds.
4. After removing the freezer paper, it looks like this...kind of blah.
5. Add a little detail with embroidery floss and you have a cute argyle 4th of July shirt! This was my first try at embroidery floss so it isn't perfect.
These shirts were SO easy to make, which is good since I am running out of time to get all my stuff done for the show. I am secretly hoping one of these shirts doesn't sell so John can wear it this summer in July! :)