March 21, 2012

LEGOMANIACS: Cousins Camp 2011

My awesome parents have a Cousins Camp every year for their grandchildren. The kids absolutely love it and look forward to it for months. Last year, after a vote on several themes, we chose the theme "Legomaniacs"! Of course the kids were thrilled! How could they not be?

I wanted the tee shirts to be really unique, and personalized. I considered a lot of different options but finally chose a more personalized tee.

The red shirts I found at a Dollar store. Or should I say several Dollar stores. They were not the BEST quality, and given the option I don't think I'll scrimp quite so much this year. A few of them, after a wash, had holes show up. At $1 each though, I saved a ton of money!

The design I made is personalized. Each of these is one of the cousins - in order youngest to oldest. Some chose a specific character - some chose favorite colors, or something else to be part of their character. This took time to draw up in Adobe Illustrator, but it was so fun to do.

Legomaniacs Shirt

I used the Print & Cut setting on my Silhouette. Instead of cutting out each head and making sure it lined up perfectly (way more work) I cut out a square around and ironed that whole thing on.

Lego Shirts

These were made using Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics. You can buy it online or at local stores like Joann's, WalMart, or other craft stores. There are other brands besides Silhouette too. I used two different brands and you can actually tell they print differently in the photo above. Silhouette's material is more faded and it didn't wash as well as the Tailor brand I used.

Note: Before using Printable Heat Transfer PRE-WASH your fabric. It lasts a lot longer and shrinks a lot less that way.

IF I were to make something like this again I would definitely use Printable Fabric and Wonder Under then sew around the edges. The color in the Heat Transfer ran a little on one of my shirts and it wrinkles a lot at this size. I have tried it in smaller pieces and it holds up way better. I will also be looking into other brands of Printable Heat Transfer though.

Lego Shirt

The best part was watching the kids figure out who each Lego head belonged to, and how mine still point out their cousins each time they wear their shirt!

Last month as I cleaned out the kids clothes I stacked their old cousins camp shirts all in a pile. I was about to get rid of some of them, but I am saving them to make a quilt for them when they are older and leave home. The memories will be so sweet for them to have.

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stampingandstitching said...

Wow these are amazing! Love that you personalised the heads for all of the cousins! My kids are absolute Lego maniacs too so I'm pinning this to Pinterest so I can show them later - hope that's okay with you.