Make a “faux” Santa Shirt – A tutorial

DIY Santa Shirt Tutorial,  cute Christmas shirt for kids!

 I’ve had a great time this year making holiday t-shirts for my kids and thought it would be fun to make one for Christmas for my daughter. She’s 11 now and offically a “tween”… so we had to go with a more grown up design.

I got the idea from a napkin I saw at the store.  I thought it would be fun to create a “faux” Santa Shirt.

To create this shirt I used the Tulip Shimmer sheets, and I LOVE THEM. They are iron on  sheets of glitter!!  Hello Sparkles! It’s the first time I’ve been exposed to this product and found it super easy to work with.

Here’s how to make the shirt. You’ll need:

-Red Turtleneck

Tulip Twilight Shimmer Transfer Sheets

-Circle Punch

-Paper trimmer, or exacto knife and straight edge

DIY Santa Shirt Tutorial,  cute Christmas shirt for kids!

 To begin:

Decide how wide you want your belt.  I went with 2 1/2″ wide. The width of the belt will depend on the size of your shirt… smaller shirt size smaller belt… etc.

Cut your pieces of shimmer sheets.  I only used one sheet of black glimmer, you’ll have plenty, just think about how to lay it out before you cut it. I used my paper trimmer.  You’ll have pieces for the belt center, belt left, belt right and from the silver cut a belt buckle. Your belt buckle should be about 1″ bigger than your belt. So if your belt is 2 1/2″ wide, cut the buckle 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

I cut some of the center out of the belt buckle (it wasn’t perfect the belt center piece will cover it), just to reduce the bulk – it’s up to you if you want to do this, you don’t have to.

DIY Santa Shirt Tutorial,  cute Christmas shirt for kids!

Next lay all of your pieces out on your shirt.  Get them just like you want them.  Trim off the extra on the sides. The belt center piece goes on TOP of the belt buckle piece.

Place a pressing cloth over the cut pieces and iron.  About 40-50 seconds, no steam.

Just to make sure it was stuck down good, I then ironed the inside of the shirt too.

DIY Santa Shirt Tutorial,  cute Christmas shirt for kids!

To make the buttons, I used  a circle punch and punched 3 circles from the shimmer sheet. It punches very nicely!

Then just line up the buttons and press them the same way you did the belt.

DIY Santa Shirt Tutorial,  cute Christmas shirt for kids!

That’s it! You’re done.

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*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tulip and Blueprint Social. I recieved compensation and free product to write this post.  All opinions, ideas and words are 100% my own.

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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  1. Glenda Hart says

    What a cute idea! I would love to know if that shimmer sheet could be cut out with the Cricut for more intricate cuts?

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