The adorable folks over at Cricut had this brilliant idea to send bloggers a bunch of plain white t-shirts and some iron on materials, and basically said, “Make something awesome.”
Um, yeah. I want in on that.
So I asked for ten t-shirts (the max I was allowed to use) without any idea of what I was going to make.
The shirts stared at me for three weeks until one day Lily asked me to make her a tepee and costume.
Now, I know how to turn on a sewing machine, but sewing clothing is waaay out of my league. So if you want to make this costume yourself, be excited becuase there is actually very little sewing. I will try my best below to show how I made it, and be sure to keep scrolling down to the bottom to see what I made with the other NINE t-shirts.
Lily is 4 1/2, and the t-shirt size is a mens medium.
First, I cut four inch tall strips at the bottom of the t-shirt. I cut a strip about every 1/3 inch.
After cutting the entire width of the shirt, I knotted each strip.
I did not measure precisely, and I was not concerned that the knots should all match up perfectly either. Remember, I had a four year old sitting by my side eagerly waiting for this to be made.
Next, I cut the sleeves at an angle so they would also have about four inches of length to them.
Then, I cut strips and knotted them just like the bottom of the shirt.
With the triangles I created a pattern at the top. (The material is really easy to iron-on. I have washed this several times since making it, and it stays beautiful.)
The only actual sewing I did was adding two strips of fabric to the sides so that the shirt could be tied in the back. A mens t-shirt is very wide, so this allowed for the dress to have a more fitted look.
When I was done making the dress, Lily and I went hunting at a local park for lots of stick to make a bow and several arrows.
I know, I am seriously going for mother of the year with this one.
With the remaining nine shirts, I cut them all up and made a matching tepee. Yes, I made a t-shirt tepee.
I am not including instructions for the tepee, because chances are you are not going to make a tepee out of t-shirts, but I will post a few of the steps tomorrow along with some extra photos that are freaking adorable.
And here is miss Lily trying it out:
As for being a cool mom, I am pretty sure I will never top this.
(See PART 2 with more photos HERE.)
Thanks Cricut for allowing me to participate and sending me the materials to make this project! If you want to learn more about Cricut’s new iron-on vinyl you can view the vinyl HERE, or purchase it in a Cricut machine and toolkit bundle HERE.