Who doesn’t like wearing a comfortable t-shirt? Who is tired of wearing plain tees? Who is done with paying for high-priced graphic-shirts at the store? I know I am! (Is this a overloaded sales pitch or what?!)
As an alternative, I like designing and making my own tees, and I thought it would be a good thing to share on the blog! The best part is, this whole project only cost me a little under $8 to complete! This project takes about half-an-hour, so just gather your supplies, turn on your favorite 30-minute TV show, and create your new tee!
Supplies needed: a plain v-neck t-shirt, fabric markers, a stencil, a small bit of fabric. All supplies can be found at any craft store like Michael’s, A.C. Moore, etc.
Step 1: Lay your plain v-neck t-shirt on a flat surface.
Step 2: Test out the marker colors on the inside of the shirt to make sure they show up how you want them to.
Step 3: This step is very important. Take a piece of cardboard (I used the packaging from the stencils) and place it inside the shirt directly under the stencil.
This way the markers won’t soak through to the back of the shirt.
Step 4: Begin coloring, making sure you don’t move the stencil.
Step 5: Decorate the sleeves with a stencil or by hand, still using the cardboard in between the fabric layers.
Step 6: Whip stitch one or two strips of fabric to the neck (the fabric should be hemmed on all sides, so it doesn’t unravel in the wash).
Have you ever re-designed a t-shirt?
If this shirt was for sale, would you buy it?
Do you have any designing tips for my next shirt?
Fred McFeely Rogers, more commonly known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host of the 33 year-long running children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” which aired for 895 episodes. He taught his viewers so many important things about life, the world, and how to live in it. His kindness towards people, especially children, made an impression in millions of lives, making his viewers feel special and loved. He explained to children things like divorce, bullying, disabilities, and death in a way that would help them cope with these things with a positive viewpoint. I consider Mister Rogers the most impactful person in the history of television. I grew up watching his show, and still today I enjoy watching it when I can!
The idea that we all can be loved just the way we are wasn’t exactly new when Mister Rogers first introduced it in his show. Since Rogers was also a Christian and a minister, he took that idea from the Bible and incorporated it into his show’s content.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” KJV
It means that God loves us even though we have sinned and He will continue to love us no matter what. We don’t have to live in a certain place, look a certain way, or do certain things like do good deeds and give money away for God to love us. He loves us just the way we are.
This doesn’t mean that we should do whatever we want and think it’s okay because He will still love us, and it also doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive to be better. It does mean that we don’t have to meet the world’s (or any church’s) standards in order to receive God’s love. We are loved just the way we are, and no can make us think otherwise.
Have you ever watched “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?”
What do you think about God’s love for us?