Thursday, June 10, 2010
Baseball Freezer T's
I spend quite a bit of time at the ballfield. My middle son plays high school ball and we have had 10 games from June 1 - 9!! Our season will not slow down until July.
My 4 year old loves to match the team, so every year I make him some shirts. Last year, I used foam stamps and fabric paint. This year I made Freezer Paper shirts and it was so much easier!!
I made a couple of shirts BG (Before Gypsy) but it is soooo much easier now with my G!!
Unfortunately, I did not take photos of my G screen before I cracked her screen, but I can re-create them on my friend's G. When you make words, you need to type the words backwards and then flip each letter. You will be cutting the freezer paper upside down. This is an easy step to miss ~ and very frustrating too!!!
I use Base Camp for the letters and numbers. I don't remember if I used Shadow or not, but on my G screen here I used Shadow. After you type in the name backwards, ungroup the letters and flip each one individually.
Then I grabbed a batter from the Baseball Solutions cartridge for the front. I used the shadow image here. Tyler is a catcher, so I grabbed a catcher image from the same cartridge to use on the second shirt. I flipped the catcher, but left the batter unflipped as I like that image reversed.
You will cut out the images with Freezer Paper. I found this roll at Wal~Mart. There is a dull side and a shiny side. You want to put the shiny side up on your mat. I do not adjust the pressure or blade depth any different for cutting the freezer paper (not like cutting vinyl).
Once you make your cuts, you will iron on the template shiny side down to your t-shirt. I just press down a few seconds (8~10) and then once it cools I try to pull up at the edges. If it comes away, I repeat. Don't forget all of the little insides of the letters!!
Once your template is in place, put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt and paint on fabric paint with a foam brush. I painted 2 coats, letting it dry completely in between coats. Once the paint is dry, peel off the template and discard. Repeat with the other side.
In years past, I would put the Team Name on the front of the shirt (Dodgers, Mavericks) but our Legion sponsor is Associated Fires and you can imagine the shortened version!! I did not want that on my son's shirt (he he).