Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Dude abides

Oh man, I (Jessica) love when I get to show off my cute kids. And you know, there's a craft involved too somewhere. I promise.


Last summer I made a freezer paper stenciled shark t-shirt for my daughter and posted the tutorial. If you've never tried it, freezer paper stenciling is awesome! You should check out that post, it's a fairly good tutorial if I do say so myself.

Well of course my Dude (my son, Ender) also needed a shirt! I decided to make him a "The Dude abides" tee, in reference to my husband's favorite movie, The Big Lebowski, which is also the source of the Dude's nickname. Check it out below:


I used a super cheap $3 tee from Wal Mart (I know, I shop at Wal Mart, judge away!) and some $1 fabric paint and stenciled words. The problem with freezer paper stenciling in general is that the more detail you have, the harder it is to get crisp, clean lines. So you can see above that my Dude's shirt has some bleeding spots, and some uneven spots. This doesn't stop me from using the shirt, though! And every time he has it on someone comments on how awesome it is, even with the imperfections.

Because the Dude abides a little in all of us.

Plus, he's adorable and spunky, so that doesn't hurt. It does hold up pretty well though, the detail shot above is of the shirt after I don't know how many washings and wearings. So at least that works well! Still, I may experiment with different ways to make slogan tees in the future.


In the mean time, the Dude loves his shirt, and he gets something made by Mommy just like his sister!

If you have any tips for freezer paper stenciling words, or if you know of a better way to do cool graphic slogan tees, let me know, please! I've got another project in mind and I want to make sure it works slightly better then this one. Help!



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