Apparently, a shirt with ones age on it is quite important. This is one thing that I had not considered until Violet received a shirt with a sparkly number 2 on it for her second birthday from two of her cousins as a Birthday present. It was a hit! Of course, what toddler wouldn't want to shout and show their age proudly?! So, now it has become a bit of a tradition. Last year Violet got a sparkly three from her cousins and I made her a red and white striped, Dr. Seuss-like three. They both got a lot of wear!
This year, instead of appliqueing a four, I decided to try something different. This time around I used freezer paper to do a stencil. First I drew a bunch of "violets" all over a piece of freezer paper that I cut to fit the front of my shirt. I also drew on a four, but it was horrible, so later I printed a four of off the computer and used that one as my template. After drawing them all on to the paper (on the dull side) I cut them out with an exacto knife. This process was a bit tedious because there were so many and because Violet had her hand on the handle "helping" me. Once I had all of the violets and the four cut out I ironed the freezer paper on to the shirt and then we painted.
While we were waiting for the shirt to dry Violet made a little collage using the flowers that we cut out
and made her very own four shirt with some special t-shirt markers that she received as a birthday present.
After both shirts were dry I set the color with an iron (I first peeled away the freezer paper). I decided to add a bit of depth to the violet shirt so I cut out a few little wool felt violets and sewed them onto the shirt as well.
One last thing...don't forget the Covert Robin Swap. There only a couple more days to sign up! And, if you sign up you might have a chance to win some super cool prizes, check some of them out here. And, I just decided on what my prize offer is going to be! I've decided to offer up this rainbow pack of 100% wool felt as a prize.
I love working with wool felt. It is what I use as accents in my stuffed animals, what I used to make flower pins, lovebirds, puppets, finger puppets and children's games and so much more! The feel of wool felt is so soft and the colors are so rich and vibrant, so if you sign up, you'll get a super cool handmade gift from your partner plus get a chance to win this felt or some of the other awesome prizes that are being offered!
I hope you are having a great weekend!