7 03 2011

I was browsing through Michael’s the other day and came across these cool iron-on transfers on clearance.  I thought it would be a fun way for BB to design his own shirt, and sure enough, he really enjoyed it!  I have yet more and more and more raglans coming out of my old t-shirt pile, so we took the plain shirt, the transfers, and BB picked the biggest eye, the biggest mouth, and put the arms as legs…hey, there are no wrong ways to make a monster, right?  He placed everything on, and then I ironed it on:


He is so excited about this shirt!  He can’t keep his hands off it!  “Mike!”, he says.  “I haven’t seen you in years!”  Mike, of course, being the monster from Monsters, Inc.  We did the transfers on Friday (onto the front piece of the shirt) and I finished sewing the shirts last night, so I guess he has been missing his monster friend.  I thought one of the best things about making our own shirts was avoiding the commercialism of store-bought ones, but I guess there is no escaping the Disney juggernaut.  He’s never even seen the movie!  I made a monster for LB using extra features from the kit (there was only one iron-on monster body so I sewed on a piece of green fabric to make his) . 


BB was very disappointed that this one didn’t look like Sulley.  I gave him horns, but when he starts out as a green blob, there is just no way he is going to look like Sulley.  LB, of course, doesn’t care about it one way or the other.  He looked at it and said “car!” which I guess is approval, since that’s his favorite word.  My little models workin’ those new shirts:


Bottom left is LB having a fit because he can’t play with BB’s cool spelling toy.  Upper right is BB “posing” for me.  He’s getting to be a real ham for pictures!  And LB sees the camera and says “cheese!” (middle shot); he’s a great little model!  LB’s pants are new too, I’ll be posting more about them soon….



8 responses

7 03 2011

Those shirts are super cute! I love the monters iron ons — good score! Perfect little boy shirts.

7 03 2011

Thanks Kim! It was a lot of fun for $3, and there are lots more eyes and other parts to make more, too, so there may be more monster shirts in our future. 🙂

8 03 2011

These are adorable! I’ve made shirts using clipart and inkjet iron-on transfer paper, but never thought to make a bunch of shapes and let my son “design” his own. It would be cute with robot parts, too!

9 03 2011

Oooooh, robots, that’s a great idea! It would be so easy with robots too, since their parts are pretty regular shapes…some heat n’ bond, some scrap fabric cut into rectangles… I can see it now! Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing a fun idea that I am definitely going to try!

11 03 2011

I love the idea of having the kids design their own decorations. The monster shirts are adorable!
I am not so sure about LB’s pants though:) I think I liked the jeans you made for him better.

14 03 2011
Melissa Q

These are fantastic! You are a serving whiz! How do you do such clean bindings and hems? I’m ok with most other aspects of serving but always mess up those details at the end,

14 03 2011

Oh, you are too kind! And you’re overestimating my skills; I used old t-shirts so they already had everything hemmed, and much, much more nicely than I can do. It makes for a really quick project. The neckline I did serge on, but honestly I don’t think it looks as good as the other parts.

9 05 2011
Michelle Cheuk


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