Monday, March 19, 2012

No-Sew Birthday Number Shirts


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.

Materials:
Shirt for your child
Steam-A-Seam Sticky Back Fusible Web
Fabric for your number
Printed number from a word processing program
Iron
Pen
Sharp Scissors

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.



30 comments:

  1. So cute and love the monsters! This is great for me - my sister has to make my kids' birthday shirts because she actually knows how to sew! Maybe I'll try it for the next birthday. Or maybe I'll admire yours and have her keep making them. I wouldn't want her to feel bad. :)

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    1. My sister-in-law sews and embroiders and I almost asked her to make my boys their birthday shirts! But decided to just do it myself. One of these days I will buy a sewing machine and learn how to use it. If you learn before me, send some sewing tutorials my way :o)

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  2. Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday! Love the shirts! :)

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    1. Thanks for coming over Michelle! Happy to be your newest follower! -Sarah

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  3. This is soooo COOL!!!!!!!!!! I can do this!!! I can do this!!! :)

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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    1. Hehe :o) Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share! - Sarah

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  4. Thanks for linking up! I'm so excited to have my first linky party. I'm following you now so I can see al the new cool stuff you're doing. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting Julie! I just shared your link party on my fb page. Hopefully a couple of my followers will head on over your way!

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  5. I love it! (You had me at "no-sew".) I'm stopping by from the Wednesday Whatsits party at White Lights on Wednesday.
    ~Elena
    http://acasarella.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Elena! I have been a fan of your blog for the past couple weeks and happy to be a new follower :o) -Sarah

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  6. Cute and clever! I'm not much of a sewing girl either! Thanks for sharing and saw you at "White Lights on Wednesday"! Following you via GFC.

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    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment! I am happy to return the favor and now following you as well :o) - Sarah

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  7. So very cute, and no-sew, what could be better than that. Love the monsters! Thanks for showing us how. Thanks so much for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best. PS - following you on Facebook - hope you follow back.

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    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving a nice comment! Happily following you back :o) - Sarah

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  8. What a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. These are sooo cute! Definitely my type of project! I love that you used a shirt with a cute picture already on the front! Excited to be a new follower! :)

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Happy to be your newest follower as well. Loving the chalkboard projects on your blog. I have been thinking about painting a whole wall in our house with chalkboard paint but can't seem to commit to it quite yet :o)

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  10. Very cute. Have eth edges frayed with washing?


    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @ http://cookcraftcrocheting.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ok, so I have now washed the shirts 3 times, and they just started to slightly fray on the edges. Nothing too noticeable. I probably should have taken more care in washing them instead of just throwing them in with the regular load of laundry. Thanks for your question and comment! I am happily following you back. I love the name of your blog :o)

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  11. Happy Saturday! I wanted to let you know that you've been featured today at The Gunny Sack. Stop by, check it out and grab a button!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/03/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-30.html

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  12. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button. Can’t wait to see what other projects you’ve been working on — hope you will link again soon!

    http://www.apinchofjoy.com/2012/03/busy-monday-25-03-12/

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  13. This shirt turned out so cute!! We are so glad that you came to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We would love to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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  14. You've been featured on Wednesday Whatsits as a Top 3 Viewed Posts! Come by this week's party to grab your button. Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you again. :)

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much Julie! I can't believe it was one of the top 3 most viewed posts!

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  15. How fun! I haven't tried this type of fusible webbing. Looks great. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    1. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share at Link It Up Thursday!

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  16. These shirts are adorable and so is your blog - new follower! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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    1. Thanks Trish! I happily discovered your blog last week and excited to be your newest follower too :o) Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share!

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  17. Super cute idea ... in fact I just took a quick tour of your blog and think everything is super cute! Your newest follower : )

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  18. Informative post. These birthday number shirts are looking beautiful and so attractive. So many boys are like this type of birthday shirts. Thanks to sharing this information....

    Getting Shirty

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