Show off your love for softball or baseball with a simple, stylish t-shirt that you can make on your own in 30 minutes for less than $10.
I recently came across this idea by Chelsea on Pinterest. Aside from the cool softball/baseball-themed design, I was really attracted by how easy it looked to make. I went to my local craft store to pick up the few supplies it required. Using my 40% off coupon, my receipt total for the shirt and fabric marker was only $6. The rest of the supplies were easily found in my house and I would expect that most households (especially ones with kids will have scissors, pens, rulers and cereal boxes). I made a few of my own modifications to the original instructions since I found a few steps to be unnecessary and I had some new ideas to enhance the shirt design.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Yellow or White T-Shirt (optionally, you can also use a tank top)
- Red Fabric Marker
- Cardstock (a cereal box will work)
- Ruler (optional)
- Red Fabric Glitter (optional – for embellishing design)
- Iron-On Letters/Numbers (optional – for personalizing shirt)
Blank T-Shirts Fabric Markers
Cut a circle out of the card stock. I recommend creating a 12″-14″ diameter circle, use a plate for a more accurate shape. This will be used as a guide to trace the curve for the softball/baseball stitch design on the shirt.
Lay shirt flat on a table and smooth out any wrinkles or creases. Place another piece of cardstock inside the shirt to prevent the marker from bleeding to other side of shirt. Place the circular cardstock guide on the shirt in upper left corner and trace out the design with red fabric marker. Make sure to hold the fabric firm to prevent any creases from forming while you trace the design. After tracing out the design, remove the guide and touch up any areas that need extra paint applied. Now repeat on lower right corner of shirt. Optional: You can also copy this design to the back side of the shirt. If you choose to do this, make sure the front and back side designs connect.
Add the angular stitches along the path you created in Step 2. You can freehand the design, but I found it easier to use a ruler to keep the pattern even. Add a stitch every inch along the curved path and make each one inch in length on each side of the curve.
Let fabric paint dry and then toss in the dryer for 30 minutes. That’s it! How easy was that? Your shirt should look something like this when complete.
- Add some sparkle to your shirt with three dimensional fabric glitter paint. Just trace over the stitch design.
- Personalize your shirt with a name and/or number with iron-on transfers
Glitter Fabric Paint Iron-On Number Transfers
- Customize your shirt with different shirt and fabric paint color combinations (make sure that the shirt color is lighter than the marker color)
- Try this design out on a tank top shirt design