Handmade Disney Themed T-shirts

Time for a Mega Crafting post.  I never did post this one on my old blog.  After my software for my professional vinyl cutter was woefully out-of-date and I would have to purchase new software for quite a lot, I decided to purchase a Silhouette Cameo.  I loved that it could do paper, fabric and freezer paper in addition to vinyl.  My family had a Disney trip coming up and I decided to make more t-shirts for the kids.  I found some great freezer paper tutorials here and here.

First I asked the kids what they would like on their shirts.  Lawboy asked for Lego Anakin (the one with sleek hair). I had to use my Photoshop skills to combine two figures into one to get the outline he wanted.  Overall he was pleased with the shirt.

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Once I had my outline, I traced it in the Silhouette Design Software.  I cut the freezer paper shiny side down on the provided mat.  Then I carefully peeled it away and ironed the outline (also shiny side down) onto my shirt.  Before you paint, you need either cardboard or plastic between your layers of shirt–otherwise you can end up painting both layers.  Next, I painted from the edges into the center.  Oh, and also make sure you wash your shirt first.  I didn’t and it is evident by the puckering of the material.


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My daughter, Princess Ballerina, wanted Cinderella of course.  This was a little more detailed.  I had to iron on the outline, then place the other elements like hair, dress, face and gloves into the correct spot and iron them down.  It took a long time and I didn’t take pictures of the in-between.  It took several coats of white paint to get a solid line.  I then peeled off the sections.  Looking back upon it, I would have done the eyes a little differently.  IMG_0728



For my husband I made a “Rebel Mickey” head with tone on tone paint.  He didn’t want anything too flashy, so this worked well for him. Please excuse the stray paper in the finished product below.




Acroboy wanted a Lego Stormtrooper, looking back on this one, I would have either done this in black or reversed the colors so the white stood out more.  Live and learn I guess.




Whirlwind wanted Yoda with a Lightsaber.  I masked Yoda and his saber, then sprayed glow-in-the-dark paint all around the outline.  After it was all done, I used a neon green, glow-in-the-dark puffy paint for his lightsaber.  We’re pretty happy with how it turned out.



Firstborn, who was a teenager, didn’t want anything too childish.  We saw a version of his choice on Pinterest.  He thought the quote from Tangled was funny so this was his pick.


He wore this while we watched his siblings in the Jedi Academy, and Darth Vader gave him a thumbs up for his shirt.  I used both silver and silver glitter paint to paint it.  The silver glitter I used more as a base coat, because I didn’t think Firstborn would appreciate being sparkly.  It had the right effect.


I also got inspiration for my shirt on Pinterest, only it was a Doctor Who TARDIS swirling through the Time Vortex.  I thought the idea would apply as well to Hyperspace, so I found a picture of the Millennium Falcon and created the “Hyperspace bubble” and proceeded to spray with a glow-in-the-dark paint.  I also used a brush.  You can see the finished product below.




We had a lot of fun wearing our customized Disney shirts in the park, and since I made them all in larger sizes, some of the kids are still wearing their shirts.  (The ones who have grown the most have passed them down).

I’d love to know what you think.  If I haven’t made any of the instructions clear, feel free to ask in the comments.  Happy Crafting!





Throwback Thursday–10/27/13 Autism Hat Tutorial

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For a while now I’ve been contemplating making something that would possibly make my life a little easier.  I’ve had enough meltdowns on outings with my ASD kids to know I wanted to do something to indicate we are an Autism family.  I also wanted it to be an item I could keep in my car or diaper bag and pull out if we had an unplanned excursion.  (Those are the kind that prompt the most meltdowns).

There are great t-shirts out there, but those would be wearable once and then need to be washed.  I would also have to get it back into the bag/car after it was washed. (Which might be a challenge since I’ve forgotten to restock diapers for the baby from time to time).  I also wanted to have whatever I made available for daily use on our vacation to Disney World.

I thought about creating vests out of lightweight material, and I may still do that, but another crafter on the fabric store suggested hats to me.  This made total sense to me since I need to have all the kids pack hats for the Florida sun anyway.  I checked out the store and they both painters caps and plain baseball caps.

I found this awesome puzzle piece flannel in the fabric store.  Multi-colored puzzle pieces are a symbol for Autism, so this was perfect for my needs.

I used my silhouette cameo with a fabric blade and iron-on interfacing.  Flannel is thicker, so I found the canvas setting worked well.  I used a downloaded Mickey head and turned it into a cut file using my silhouette software.  I cut three from the fabric. You can’t really see two cut Mickeys with this photo, but they were there.

To iron on the Mickey head, I needed to support the inside of the ball cap. I first used a wadded up pair of jeans I was repairing.  It didn’t give enough support.  Then I used a folded towel which worked much better.

I looked high and low to find the right scale letters for my hats.  I also bought a fabric paint pen.  The fabric paint pen didn’t give me the look I wanted, and I was lucky enough to find what I needed at Hobby Lobby.  They are JOY brand Baby Monogram Letters and Numbers.  You can find them here.

I laid out the letters first on the hat (which was a bit tricky), then figuring out where the T needed to be more or less centered, I started ironing down letters.  I found it easiest to keep working in one direction with the letters since the iron had heated up the fabric and made the glue on the letters start to warm up a little.

By the way, the dark spot you see above the Mickey head in the picture below?  It was wet there where I had wiped away the fabric paint.  The fabric paint really didn’t work as well, though I don’t have a picture to prove it to you.

The finished blue cap.

For the record, the painters cap really didn’t have enough room to use any letters, so I left it plain.

The white baseball cap with a bit more embellishment.


I was overall pleased with the end result.  I had the kids wear the caps to the Disney and instead of glares, I got smiles and patience.  Acroboy wore his cap and sat front and center at Turtle Talk With Crush and he was chosen to talk to Crush.  (Boy!  Was he excited!).  I’m not sure if it was because of the hat or where he had chosen to sit, but he was thrilled none-the-less.

I think the hats also were a blessing when he got himself lost for a few minutes.  He found a parent with kids (like we’ve trained the kids to do), and they were talking to a Cast Member when we located him.  The hat let the Cast Member and kind parent know we had some special needs going on.

The hats of course got dirty, and we lost one of the letters I hadn’t ironed down enough.  When we got home I washed them in a sweater bag (the mesh kind that sometimes they hold nylons and other things too).  I figured if any more letters came off in the wash, they would end up in the bag.

See the clean, but damaged hat?

I then ironed the letters back on to the hat, and they look as good as new!

I’m happy this worked out so well.  I think we’ll be using these for a long time.


Update July 2017  We’ve definitely used these hats a lot.  The painters cap was lost pretty quickly, but the baseball caps are distinctive enough we’ve been able to find them again when we’ve lost them.  They still help us get more smiles and patience.  The older kids (who are now teenagers) have been testing and pushing themselves and so they rarely have meltdowns in public anymore.  They have also pushed themselves to wait patiently in lines for about 45 minutes, so they don’t really use the hats.  That is huge progress for us.  Acroboy still uses the hats and it’s a good thing.  He is almost six years younger than Lawboy and it is reflected in his behavior.  While he is also pushing himself to do more, he is younger and has lower limits/thresholds than his older siblings.

MouseScrappers Design Challenge #33 Blog Train

I’m sorry for the delay in getting this up today.  It’s been a whirlwind week and I’m just catching my breath.

This was this month’s inspiration pallet–we actually started this challenge in May (May the Fourth be with you).


I’ve been wanting to try my hand at an alphabet, so I played with the Shareware font Star Jedi.  The full alphabet is for challenge participants only. The only way you can get them is to participate in the challenge.  So, check out the next Design Challenge at MouseScrapper’s and give it a try. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll get some great kits! You don’t need to be a designer to enter.

Now for my FREEBIE for you.  I made four pocket cards, two pngs, and a 12×12 background paper (I tried my hand at creating a textured background).


I hope you enjoy!  You can download them HERE.

The rest of the blog train:

Chef Minnie Mouse: http://lisacampbelldesigns.blogspot.com/
Pooh46: http://bookladydesigns.blogspot.com/
Digidizscrapper: http://123-autism.com  <<<<<  YOU ARE HERE
Romajo: http://romajoscrap.blogspot.nl/
Roxana: http://scrapscardsandmore.blogspot.com/
Cindyrelly: https://cindyrellyblog.wordpress.com/
Scrappin2girls: http://babyjaydensmommy.blogspot.com/


Throwback Thursday–Prior Post 3/28/13–Scout Cake Auction

Recently we had a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for our boy scout troop.  It included a cake auction and the boys were asked to donate a cake they had made.  Some of the boys made desserts, but clearly some of the parents helped out as well.

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Pretty sure this guy’s mom helped him out juuuuuust a little, the frosting job is pretty good for a 12-year-old.

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 This is a cinnamon roll cake my oldest boy made.  He found it on Pinterest.  Here is the link to the original recipe.

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I decided to help my second-oldest boy out by making a back-up batch of cupcakes to donate.  My friend who was in charge told me themed items seemed to raise the most money last year, so I decided to try a variation on a fun idea I’d seen on YouTube.  I found red and white polka-dot cupcake liners, and baked dark chocolate cupcakes in them.

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While they cooled, I covered a cut and taped cereal box in aluminum foil.  (Don’t you love my beat-up table?  Someday I’m going to refinish it.)

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Next, I used double-sided tape to wrap a red polka-dot grosgrain  ribbon around the box


Then I used my Mickey Mouse punch to punch Mickey heads out of black card stock.  I affixed those to the box using the double-sided tape.  (You can really see the glory of the table in this shot.)

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I frosted the cupcakes with a dark chocolate and pushed mini-Oreos in for the ears.  I used plenty of frosting, so I didn’t need any toothpicks.  I left some of them like that, but I also sprinkled crushed Oreos on top as well.

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The finished product. I’m pleased to say they raised $50 for the troop.  We had just enough left over for each family member to get one and they were a hit!

Digital Scrapbooking-Project Life Page

I’m late in posting this, but let’s pretend it actually came out on Saturday…

One of my favorite crafting endeavors is to digitally scrapbook.  I have been scrapbooking in some form for a long time.  I started way back when we had to go to specialty stores to get acid free paper.  Mrs. Grossman’s stickers were the only acid-free stickers you could use.  Then we got diecuts and wavy rulers.  These were followed by specialty edge scissors and punches.  Creative Memories, stamping titles and images were things I tried.  The styles have changed back and forth between simple photo-based scrapbooks, to elaborate creations.  I know now I prefer simple scrapbooks where my photos and journaling tell the main story, and any embellishments enhance the message–not take away from it.

I enjoyed working with my hands.  I enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow scrapers when I went to a crop.  I was always hopelessly behind though, and I’d get discouraged because it took so long to set up my supplies, find what I wanted and finish a page.  With little kids I had very little time, and I couldn’t afford to leave things out in a partial state.  I’d either forget what I was working on, or my children decided to add their contributions.  (I tried to set them up at their own station with their own supplies and photos, but it never really clicked with them.  Whatever I was doing was always more interesting.)

About 9 years ago I discovered digital scrapbooking.  I love it!  I can get so many more books into the same space my physical albums used to take up.  I can reprint them for each of my children (instead of trying to create multiple copies of the same spread).  And bonus!  I don’t have a mess to sort through and clean up each time I want to scrap.

My scrapbooking has really taken off with the advent of the Project Life App and others like Over, Touch-Retouch, Adobe Photoshop Mix, Moldiv, etc.  I still like to keep my layouts simple and focused on the story, and all of these tools help me do it so quickly and easily.  It also helps my scrapbooking ADD.  I can pick and choose many different events to work on based upon the available photos on my phone.  I can also scrap anywhere as long as I’ve got power.  I’ve scrapped on plane rides, in doctors offices, waiting for lessons to finish, at the dentist, and in the car (passenger seat only).  From time to time I’ll be sharing these layouts.

Today’s layouts:

Perhaps I’ve given you some food for thought today.  In the future, I’ll be posting some great digital resources.  Until then, happy crafting!

Cub Scout Crafting


I spent the last week volunteering at Cub Scout Day Camp.  Acroboy is in his last year of Cub Scouts as a Webelo.

The crafts weren’t too hard for the most part, but when you are trying to teach several groups of boys of varying abilities and ages, it can become tricky.  The first craft we made were covered wagons from kits.  The wagon tongues were particularly tricky to attach.  We learned through trial and error to attach the wagon tongue to the axles before we added the wheels. A little wood glue to reinforce the bond is best too.

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The intent was to have the boys race them when all was said and done.

We also made ice candles.  We had the boys layer ice around a wick in a Styrofoam cup and then we poured hot wax over them.

Those were the instructions I was given and I followed.  I have never really made candles before, so I didn’t know any better.

When we got home I peeled away the sides of the cup to reveal the candle.  I pulled it out and got this.

In retrospect, we should have poured some wax around the wicks, let them harden, and then added ice over the wax base.  Live and learn I guess.

This one would have to qualify as a crafting fail.

I wish you better luck in your craft endeavors.

Throwback Thursday–Disney Shirts 2/20/13

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a craft from 2011 and updated in 2013.  I made matching shirts for our family.  Originally I did it because I had seen the idea on social media and thought it would be really fun for us.  Since then I have learned that dressing identically helps a lot in crowded locations.  It makes it so much easier to spot each other.  It also makes it easy when and if, despite my best efforts and constant head counting, one of my children wanders off or accidentally gets left behind by the group of cousins she is hanging out with.  I can let personnel know my child is wearing the exact same shirt as I am and they can describe it on the radios immediately.  It makes finding them fast.

Oh, and I’m better at Photoshop manipulation these days, but these photos make me laugh, so I’m keeping them this way.


Ready for it?  I’m going to post pictures of our Disney shirts. To protect the identity of my kids, I had a little fun in Photoshop…


So how did we do them?  Easy peasy.

1) I downloaded a template of Mickey Mouse ears.

2) Next I traced that template on our shirts in pencil.

3) I sewed around the Mouse ears with dental floss.  I’ve read you should use waxed.  I used the teflon slippery kind.

4)  I pulled the dental floss tight to make a puckered “balloon”.

Now this is where I diverged on the two techniques.  By the way, I skipped the soda ash step some tutorials recommend.

Orange and black Halloween Mickey shirts. (concentric circle idea)

1) I put rubber bands around the puckered balloon to keep it separate.  I did mine right on the line of the floss–I’ve since read you should make sure it is below it to keep it pretty separate.

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