I’m finally forcing myself to get around to doing a cute“Big Sis” “Lil Sis” tshirt project I’ve been meaning to do for a friend of ours who had twin girls a while back. Anyway, this is kind of going to be the first tutorial of 3; the first one being on how to create this “I love my ____button” using (my favorite) Picnik, the second tutorial will be on how to create a custom “alphabet” design with hidden words, and the third is going to be on how to create a funky eye-chart “I love my _____” design. After I made these I realized that I just did all the work for you anyway (you’re welcome) and that you could just use my templates to print out yourselves as is. But, I figured I’d do the tutorials anyway so that you can really customize them to your liking. For example, with this design you could create it yourself in Picnik and change it to “I love my dog”, or “I love chocolate” or whatever you think you love. Or you could even get really personal and use someones name. So, here you go! Have fun customizing these designs all you want and appliqueing them to anything that tickles your fancy! This is going to change your life. Okay, well maybe not, but it will open up a lot of options for creating one-of-a-kind custom shirts, bags, pillows, whatever! Are you intrigued? Good. Lets get this party started.
Cost: $6 or so
- Access to a computer that has the internet and your fabulously creative mind.
- Something to stick your design on when your done (shirt, bag, burp cloth, pillow, etc.)
- Printable cotton sheet(s). The one I used is from Walmart and made Avery. You can get a pack of 3 sheets (the size of standard computer paper) for around $6. I made 8 t-shirt appliques out of the 3 sheets.
- Thread and sewing machine. (Don’t worry, this is super beginner seamstress stuff.)
- An iron.
1. The first thing you want to do is get online and go to www.picnik.com. If you don’t already have an account create one now for free or buy the premium version. You will only need the free version for this tutorial.
2. Next find your file “blank white” that you have saved to your computer from previous tutorials (c’mon, I have to just assume that you have done EVERY tutorial on my blog by now right?! 🙂 ) or just simply google “blank white” and save a blank white jpeg file to your computer. Then upload the “blank white” file to picnik. It will then pop up under the “Edit”tab. Here you can resize it or rotate it if you need to.
3. Now click on the “Create” tab at the top of the screen. Then click on the “Stickers” tab. Find “Geometric” in the left sidebar. Click on the black circle and drag it and size it on your blank image.
4. Next, grab another circle except now change the color of it to white and size it in the middle of the black circle to leave a circular black frame.
5. Now, click on the “Text” tab at the top of the screen. In the text box type “I (spacebar several times) my” and then apply it in the font of your choice. I chose “Epilog”. Then you can resize it and position it at the top center of your circle.
6. Next, in the text box type “BIG SIS” (or Bro) or NewYork or RockyRoad or whatever you’d like to “love”. Apply that and resize and center it underneath the previous text. I made my “BIG SIS” larger than my “I my”.
7. Almost done! Now just go back to the “Stickers” tab and find the “Hand Drawn Hearts” tools and find a heart. Drag and resize the heart to fit in between the “I” and the “my” text.
8. And there you go! You’ve made a super cute “I Love my BIG SIS” design to applique to your little ones t-shirt! Now just save it to your computer and then go back in and click “Continue Editing” in picnik to swap out the “BIG” with“LIL'”. Then save it again to your computer as a seperate file name and open them both up in a print layout program.
9. Once you’ve arranged them in your print layout and have them sized how you’d like, print them out on a sheet of your printable cotton (follow the directions in the packaging).
10. Cut around your design and following the directions on the printable cotton packaging, iron them in place on your t-shirt (or item of choice).
11. If you’re not keen on sewing you could be done at this point but I’m not sure how well the applique will hold up to washing. I simply sewed quickly around the edges to secure it.
And DONE! Easy breezy! Oh, and I also added some little bows out of scrap fabric for the twins’ shirts and then made a couple for my boys as well. Here are the boys designs in case you just want to use mine instead of creating your own:
I loved how these turned out and hope you do too and go make your own! You could use this design for SO many things! Baby shower gifts, father’s day/mother’s day gifts, Valentine’s day gifts, wedding/engagement gifts, etc… Get creative with this! The possibilities are literally endless!
Here are some sneak previews of the next tutorial…