The T-shirt came in a 2-pack so I had another pristine one at home - complete with name label neatly sewn in - that would never see the schoolyard. And for some reason I'd bought ones with puffy sleeves so I couldn't even pass them down to E, so it was time to give it a makeover for K.
It was this quilt on Pinterest that inspired me...
|Cat quilt by Mer Mag - tutorial here|
It took only a couple of minutes to mask out the shape freehand (it's easy to peel off the tape and reposition if you need to).
I put card inside the shirt to stop the colour bleeding through to the back and then got out this ancient pot of fabric paint.
It's so old it has an 081 London dialling code (a hotline to Annette Stevens for usage tips!), and the old factory is just up the road from me but has long been closed although it does still has the Dylon sign. But the fabric paint is still going strong so I painted it on - the kids gave me a hand - and then left to dry for a couple of hours, peeled off the tape and ironed to set.
You could mask off an area for eyes but I had a delve in my Nan's old button stash instead and found some round ones with a cool inner cats eye shape and sewed them on with green thread and at K's request added a little bow from a scrap of ribbon.
I also had a plain white mug bought with the sole intention of making one of those Sharpie mugs you see on Pinterest, so when I saw this I knew I should try it with a cat design...
|Bunny mug via Mommo Design|
I drew on the ears freehand, in hindsight it would have been smarter to pencil them on first, and drew a face on the bottom.
K added her name... and then to figure out how to set the ink.
This link to a '21 tips for DIY sharpie mugs' post had some very conflicting information about what type of pens to use and how to bake them in the oven. My plan was to put the mug in a cold oven, turn it up high and leave for an hour, then leave the mug in while the oven cooled down again. I did this while cooking something, to save energy, which meant the mug ended up splattered with food, not a good look, and then the design went and washed off with just a gentle handwash. Next time I'll buy a proper ceramic pen and not have to suffer the wails of a child that has just seen their artwork destroyed before their eyes!
|The one time the mug got used (by a very chicken-poxy girl) :)|