So I was on Twitter and happened to see this project for a DIY skull tshirt for boys, that had actually been adapted from this project.
However, I didn’t like the results of the first project and was worried my son would end up ripping the fabric with the second, adapted tshirt project. So, I adapted that one into my own!
Needless to say, kids grow fast. Super fast. Ridiculously and super-humanly fast. Their clothes don’t last long. So this tshirt project sounded great, because it was reusing old shirts. However, when I thought about it, I realized if I used old shirts, my son would, maybe, get to wear this thing once. So I used two old shirts of mine. They were just old unisex shirts that I had used for yard work. Nothing special and I was getting rid of them anyway.
So here’s what I did;
What You’ll Need:
- Two T-shirts
- Stencil or design
- Washable marker or chalk
- Sharp scissors
First things first; if you’re using a shirt with any graphics, turn it inside out. I had a red shirt and a white shirt. I liked the idea of white showing under the red, so I had to flip the red one inside out because it had a logo on the front.
After flipping the shirts to their desired side, I sewed my shirts together. I hand sewed along the seams down the arms, around the arms, along the bottom seam, and along the back of the collar. I didn’t want to fuss with one cut up, holey shirt in my washer, so I sewed them together.
Stitch along the seams of both shirts to keep them attached. I sewed them using black thread to have it stand out.
Now came the fun part; you’ve got to draw a design, or else use a simple one from the internet. A friend of mine suggested using pumpkin carving templates, and that sounds marvelous. I free-handed a skull face onto some blank paper.
Create a stencil by drawing out your design on paper, then cutting out the pieces you want to use as your stencil. Use chalk or a marker to trace this image onto your shirt.
Once you’ve got your drawing or template, you need to transfer it to your shirt. I did this by cutting out my drawing and using it as a stencil. I just happened to have chalk, so I used that to draw the stencil on the shirt.
Once you have traced the image onto your shirt, then you just have to cut out the image out of the top shirt. If you cut both shirts, you’ll end up with just a bunch of holes! After I made mine, I realized it might have been easier to cut out my image BEFORE sewing the shirts, but oh well.
Once everything has been cut out, I sewed along the image. Not only did this look cool (to me), but it will help keep the shirts from being torn up as easy. Use your own judgement, but this is what I did.
Sew along the image to help keep it from tearing up.. if you want.
Now you’ve made a skull t-shirt! You can use any image, but after this one, I suggest using something with big holes, like the eyes in my skull face. Those teeth were HELL to cut out and worse to trace! It WAS worth it, but I will be making two more shirts, and I am avoiding intricate designs!
These would be great for Christmas gifts, and totally personalizable. If you use a sewing machine, these would be super quick and easy. They look a lot like some shirts I’ve seen at a major retail store. I loved the look.