April 05, 2011

Team T-shirts

Do you remember the days of elementary school?  Remember how you'd be put in teams and how you'd have to come up with your team name?  "Let's be the Tigers!"  "No, that's a dumb name!  How about the Princesses?"  "No way!"  Finally you combined the first letter of each person's name to form the team name...which formed a weird word, but everyone was happy.  Right?

Well my sister called me the other day and asked me to make team shirts for her daughter's Battle of the Books team.  Their name?  "JAMMZ"  I had to giggle a bit.  With an all-girl team I got to do something a little girly.  Here's what I came up with.  See how the frame with the owl is on a different letter on each shirt?  That way the girl wears the shirt that frames the first letter of her name.

It's hard to tell from the picture, but the frame is glitter.  I made freezer paper stencils for each shirt.  If you haven't tried that yet, you can find my video tutorial HERE.  It worked really well for the glitter too. 

I wanted to do something with the unused part of the stencil, so I made a little glitter owl onesie too.

Here's the process of freezer paper stenciling with glitter.  I used Tulip Fashion Glitter and Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond.  I ironed on the stencil first and got my supplies ready.

I used the sponge to apply the glitter bond.  I applied a medium coat of it - not too thin and not too thick.

Then I spread the glitter over the top.  I pressed the glitter into the glue a little bit with my finger and then I peeled off the stencil carefully while it was still wet.  I did this over the garbage to make clean up a bit easier.

Tips: I would probably chose a bigger graphic with less detail next time.  The tiny owl was a bit tricky.  The instructions say the shirt shouldn't be washed for 72 hours.  If you want to wear it before then I recommend using a little scotch tape to remove the little bits of glitter around your design.  It's easier than trying to pick or shake it off.

Now I have a cute little onesie ready for a baby gift....

.....and a team of giddy girls ready to win their competition.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Love the frame around each persons initial! Brilliant!!

  2. Cheri! I love this!! Last week we took our daycare kids (6 children under 4) to a dinosaur museum for the day. While we were there I was thinking how we should all have matching t-shirts so no one gets lost. I think I will have to do some freezer paper stensiling for our next outing!

  3. Super cute Cheri! To fill the space just add a few more cute owls next to it.... maybe in different colors? Anyway it is ADORABLE! Every time I read your blog I think "I should really try using freezer paper!" Looks so fun :)

  4. this made me giggle about the first letter of the names. when i was in middle school (years ago) my basketball team was the A-HAK-A-JAMAS
    we always got asked what it meant. we still talk about it to this day.

  5. I love what you did with the team name! Really cute.

  6. Love it! The girls on the JAMMZ team are going to feel uber special!

  7. Those are awesome! I am addicted to freezer paper stenciling!

  8. These are super cute! I just got a Sillhouette in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to try it out on some freezer paper for stenciling. Did you use your sillhouette for this or cut it by hand?

  9. I just got some of the tulip fashion glitter the other day and wanted to test it out on a design for my niece. Now I'm even more excited to do so.

  10. What a great idea! I totally learned something new. I have never heard of using the first letter of your name to form a team. Your shirts always look so professional!

  11. The shirts make me smile so big!!!

    Random Fact about me: Me and 3 of my girlfriends started calling ourselves JAMM (Jenn, Angel, Maria & Miranda) when I was 12. I am now 26 and people from our childhood still refer to us as JAMM (ok...we might still refer to ourselves as JAMM too ;) We're all still best friends! I love these shirts cause it reminds me of my girls, plus they are super cute. I love freezer paper stenciling!!!

  12. There's fabric glitter? Really? I blame you personally for my addiction to freezer paper. You're like my freezer paper dealer. And now you just started offering a new fix. YOU STINKER! (said in the most admiring way possible, of course!) :)

  13. I need fabric glitter! Boys could totally rock glitter, right? Super cute idea on how to make each shirt individual. I'm sure the girls LOVE them!

  14. Those shirts rock. Love what you did to outline the initials.

    My 2 colleges friends and I had the initials TNA. It was a hoot at bars. Our other friends always came in looking for T. N. A. (say it out loud).

  15. Oh, I havn't seen that kind of glitter before. Love it!


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