Yoda Kid's T-Shirt

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Yoda. He’s the perfect example of how great things come in small packages.

So when my dear friends’ son turned 4, and I found out that he was a huge Star Wars fan, well, immediately I thought of Yoda. And who here dreads kid’s birthday presents because you just don’t know what they already have? Yup, that’s me. So I decided that in addition to buying some fun Angry Birds Star Wars toys, I would make him a custom Star Wars T-shirt—that way I could make sure that I had at least one present that he didn’t already have!!

I paraphrased a couple of Yoda quotes—“Size matters not…a Jedi Master I am.” Because after all, any Star Wars buff wants a shirt proclaiming they are a Jedi, and since this little guy is, well, little, it was perfect! I then found a silhouette of Yoda online and used the trace function on the Silhouette Designer Studio program. Then, to make my stencil I used my Silhouette Portrait and cut out my shape with contact paper. (I did this because it’s cheaper than vinyl.) My font is Star Jedi Rounded. You want to use the weld function if you have any overlapping letters, like I did.

I used another piece of contact paper to transfer my design to my t-shirt, which I washed first. Why did I wash it?

Simple: clothing and fabric  manufacturers apply a chemical called sizing to their products. However, this product makes it difficult for anything to adhere—either my stencil or the fabric paint. Plus, there’s two bonuses: if I wash it, it may shrink or bleed that first time, and if it’s already washed, then the kiddo can wear it as soon as he gets it.

Now, here’s a secret…I got this white fabric paint on clearance. But I don’t use it as spray paint. I pour a little out on a paper plate or piece of paper and then dab it on with a pouncer. I am not interested in a completely even coat of paint—I wanted a vintage look (which is why I chose not to use heat transfer vinyl).

I ended up doing 2 coats. This is what one coat looked like. It was a little too uneven for my tastes. I removed the contact paper once the fabric paint was dry.

And here's the finished product. I had my oldest model it, since we were giving it away as a gift.

Did you know? Every month, I join a bunch of other bloggers every month to challenge ourselves to be creative with our Silhouette Cameos and Portraits!

The theme this month is fabric! Here are all the awesome contributions to this theme:

  1. No-Sew Valentine's Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid's T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie - Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. "Good Morning, Sunshine!" Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. "Team Betty" Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy's Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine's OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine's Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. "Cute as Cupid" shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em's Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

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