Saturday, 4 May 2013

Pimp my T-shirt for children - easy way to transform a plain t-shirt in to a cool one!

Hello, Summer at last! Yippee!!

 The other day we were going through small boys wardrobe and sorting out his clothes. You have to do this every few months with children as they tend to grow rapidly at some stages and then others not so fast! One minute a pair of trousers is far too big and next its just right. And the thing about kids clothes is there is no standard sizing as far as I can tell. What's a size 3-4 in one shop is a 2-3 in another. So hence the reason every few months you have to go through the wardrobes and see what fits and what doesn't.  I learnt this lesson the hard way with my daughter, I used to keep things for good wear and and inevitably when the good day occasion finally dawned said item would be too small.

Anyway we came accross a set of three plain t-shirts , which do fit now, thank you very much! And the three plain t-shirts were a little boring. Children love their clothes, mine do. Ask any child and they'll be able to talk in great detail about their clothes, down to the patterns on their socks and underwear. So I was looking at the plain t-shirts and it occured to me we could style them up a little. I was thinking buttons, patches and then I thought of the lone roll of bondaweb in my sewing room. So quickly as we could (as anyone can holding a 7month old baby) we ran to the sewing room to see what we could do about it all. Here's what we came up with!
First, take your plain t-shirts, you can pick these up in most clothes shops and or supermarkets fairly cheaply.
You pick your fabric (my designer is four and he picked his own!) and locate your bondaweb. Obviously not everyone has fabrics and bondaweb lying about their house but these can all be purchased in your local fabric shop or online. You will be using a small amount of fabric (about a quarter of a fat quarter for a small child) and enough bondaweb to cover this.

Next step is cut out your shape (I did a very simple rectangle) on fabric and place on top of the bonadaweb.

Follow the instructions of your bondaweb. Usually you iron fabric onto bondaweb , ensuring to iron onto the web side. Once it is ironed you can peel off the paper and now place fabric onto the t-shirt and iron again. The bondaweb will glue (spider-web!) the fabric to the t-shirt and lessen the fraying that would occur on the edges each time you wash.
I added a quick line of stitches on the sewing machine all around the edges for extra security.
And ta-da, three cool t-shirts!
They've all been washed and re-worn so it passes the painting/gardening and washing tests.
I'm already planning a new batch!

Have a great weekend,


  1. great idea! This t-shirt looks very cool!:)

    1. Thank you! I think I might be catching the customising clothes bug!

  2. I love t-shirt transformations! I've done many of them just for myself. It's amazing the things you can do. :)

    Great to meet you via Blogging Buddies. Looking forward to seeing more from you!

  3. Hello Ali, thank you and welcome! And you too!

  4. Love the t-shirt transformations! What a great idea to liven up t-shirts! i know my little man will for sure enjoy some livening up of plain shirts!

    Following you via Blogging Buddies!


    1. Hello Vivi, thank you, its a bit of fun! Welcome! Maria