See these goofballs?
They just got some awesome new shirts, inspired by their favorite toy and by one of my favorite sewing bloggers, Celina Bailey of Petit a’ Petit & Family. A bunch of us, headed by Laura at Craftstorming, decided we love Celina so much, she’s so talented, sweet, generous, and just all around rad, that we wanted to celebrate her. So today we’re playing…
We each took a tutorial, project, or look Celina has shared, and used it to make something special. I chose Celina’s Lego-Stamp Printing, and made up a couple of custom Lego shirts for my two oldest sons.
At our house, it’s all Lego, all the time. My entire family room is like an interlocking-brick shrine to childhood creativity. It’s equally awesome and annoying.
So, Lego shirts. Celina’s tutorial is clear and simple. I used it to stamp out some cotton for my oldest’s shirt. Then I cut out the word “AWESOME” in a Lego-y font that I appliquéd to the front of his tee shirt. He hasn’t stopped singing “Everything is Awesome” from the new Lego Movie since he saw it, so it seemed fitting. The fabric is from Girl Charlee. The shirt itself is the #38 Tee pattern from Ottobre 1/2014. I didn’t realize until after I’d cut that the pattern is for husky boys. So I had to grade things down a bit for my son, and it’s still a bit baggy. But he doesn’t seem to mind at all.
My middle son’s shirt is also Ottobre, the Mickey shirt from 6/2011. I wanted a raglan design to highlight the the Lego-stamped fabric I was using for the arms of the shirt. I had picked up this funky knit blend in the LA garment district last June. I have a ton of it, and I’m not totally sure why I bought as much as I did. But it’s the perfect Lego-minifigure-yellow, so perhaps the sewing gods knew I would eventually be making Lego inspired wear for my children? At any rate, it worked out pretty well for this project. For the front of the tee, I sketched out a Bad Cop/Good Cop face from the Lego Movie, using Microsoft Paint (because I am all but illiterate in all of the more legit editing programs), and then added “my good side”, all using Transfer Artist Paper (affiliate link).
I think it turned out pretty cool. If you want it, here is the image I drew in Paint. You will need to print it in mirror image (or “T-shirt Transfer Paper”) if using TAP or other iron-on medium. I cut the text off from the main image, and moved it where I wanted it on the shirt. It’s not an exact copy of the official Lego Scribble Face. It’s just what I scribbled out with my mouse. Enjoy.
My favorite thing, though, is the back of both shirts. I did a single Lego stamp on the center upper back, inside the stitch-lines from the inner tags. I love little details like that.
And I loved this technique. It was so simple and fast to do, and the boys were thrilled with the results. They seriously thought it was the coolest that I was printing custom fabric for them. And Lego-printed custom fabric?! Greatest thing ever.
Thanks, Celina, for all you do and for the super fun Lego-stamping. We’re fans.