If you don't own a sewing machine (like me) but still want to make your child a birthday number shirt, you can! It is simple and only requires a little ironing. Follow these easy instructions and you will have a custom birthday shirt in no time.
Shirt for your child
Steam-A-Seam Sticky Back Fusible Web
Fabric for your number
Printed number from a word processing program
I started by washing the shirts. I am throwing my boys a monster-themed party and just happened to find these monster shirts at Target for $5 each! So in this instance I am going to be placing the numbers on the back of the shirts.
Measure the space you will be putting your number and with your word processing program, print out bold numbers to fit in that space. The shirts I used are sizes 18 months and 4T and I used a 5x7 size letter for both of them. Arial Black is a good font to use (that is the font I used for the 3).
I had a hard time choosing my fabric so I ended up buying a couple different fabric quarters and scraps. But since this is a monster themed party I had to go with the monster fabric.
Cut out your number and take out a piece of Steam-A-Seam webbing.
You will notice that one side of the Steam-A-Seam has the webbing and the other side is piece of waxy paper. You want to trace your number IN REVERSE on the WEBBING side of the paper. Without cutting along the lines of the number, cut it out of the webbing (see picture below).
Remove the webbing from the wax paper and stick it to the BACKSIDE of your fabric. Don't worry if you need to readjust it. You are able to easily reposition it until it is ironed on.
Now cut out your number.
With the webbing side down, position it on your shirt. Iron for 10-20 seconds with steam on cotton heat.
Now your Birthday Number shirt is ready to be worn!
You can machine wash and dry without fabric softener or dry clean it.