Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Tee-Shirt Project

Every year I ask my class to send in a new white tee-shirt in the spring for my annual tee-shirt project.  I create a design and use transfer paper to put it onto the shirts.  I usually spend Mother's Day creating or ironing on the designs.  I've done it for so long I feel like an expert.
    To save money I make my design using half a sheet.  Kids sized shirts are don't need any bigger designs.  Over the years I would incorporate my theme of the year into the shirt.  I always dated them and put kids names somewhere into the design.  Some years I would even have the kids make some kind of small design in MS Paint and I would put it on their sleeve.  I don't do that any more.  It was too hard to keep track of all the individual designs and teeshirts.  Now I create the design using only kid creations.  I have the kids make portraits of themselves in MS Paint and I use Picasso to collage all the pictures into a nice neat layout.  I add a title and ba-zinga..... the design is done.  I only use Avery transfer paper.  I find it the easiest to use.

Check out this year's design.  We will wear them for the first time on our field trip to the fabulous Tyler Place right here in Highgate on May 21st.  It's a terrific family resort.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day!


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the t-shirts!!! :)

  2. The t-shirts were definitely awesome and cute! I would really love to have one myself! That was so creative and artistic of you. Excellent work! I believe each t-shirt was greatly appreciated by your students in one way or another. Keep up the inspiring touch and method of affecting their lives. Have a wonderful day!

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  3. These tshirts are incredible! Following your blog! Laura

  4. Thank you. I love making them each year.