Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable statement piece, complete with a customizable thought bubble for your child to express himself!

By Debra Immergut
July 17, 2013
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

What's on your child's mind today? Now he can tell the world about it -- wordlessly! -- with this witty statement piece. The pocket is perfect for displaying a picture, a patch, or a trinket.

You will need:

Freezer paper

Craft knife (adults only) or scissors



White fabric paint

Foam brush

White embroidery thread

Sharp embroidery needle

3- by 3-inch square of vinyl (available at fabric or hardware stores)

1. Draw a thought bubble on the non-shiny side of the freezer paper (find our template at familyfunmag. com). Cut out the shapes.

2. Lay the stencil, shiny side down, on the shirt. Place a sheet of freezer paper, shiny side up, inside the shirt. With the iron on the cotton setting, press and lift (rather than use sweeping strokes) to adhere the paper to the fabric. shapes.

3. Apply the paint with the brush, always stroking toward the center so that the paint doesn't seep under the stencil. Let the paint dry as directed on the package, then apply another coat if necessary and let it dry.

4. With a knotted length of thread, sew on the vinyl, using a running stitch around the sides and bottom.

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of FamilyFun

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