disneyland shirts for boys

Hi, friends!  Did you think I got lost forever at Disneyland?  Maybe stuck somewhere in Small World?   We had such a fun weekend - I finally got to ride Space Mountain for the first time ever (it was SO awesome!), and of course Oscar had a very magical time.  My new favorite spot in Disneyland is the Baby Center.  Who knew?

It took me a few days to get back into the swing of things, but we are back to real life and now I want to show you the t-shirts I made for Oscar.

Last fall, Dana from MADE posted about some Disney shirts she made for a friend using freezer paper stencils, and in passing, mentioned how cool it would be to use the images of the retro-styled Disneyland ride posters to make shirts.  A brilliant idea (as her ideas usually are).   The designs are far too intricate to cut out by hand (at least for me), but this is the perfect project to do on the Silhouette.

I started with an image from the Jungle River cruise ride:

The most common questions I get about the Silhouette are:
  1. How do I import my own images?
  2. How do I trace images to get cut lines?
Both are very easy to do.  To import an image, simply click on File, then Import to my Library.  That's it!  Then you can add the image to your document just like any other image in your library.  Your imports should be stored in your library in the folder marked "My Own Designs" (rather than "Recent Downloads").


However, it won't automatically have cut lines.  That's where the tracing feature comes in.  Open the Trace menu and click on Select Trace Area.  You will then be able to click and drag a rectangle around your image to select the area.  Once it is highlighted, adjust the trace settings to get the image how you want it to be traced.


Then you choose your trace method.  For this project, I just clicked Trace, and it does all the lines.  You can also trace the outer edge only (for something line a silhouette of a face), or you can trace and detach.  The trace and detach feature doesn't add cut lines, but instead separates whatever you've traced from the rest of the image, in case you want to isolate something.

Once the image is traced, the red cut lines and the original image are separate and you can drag them apart easily.  I used the eraser in the tool bar to clean up some of the lines and removed some of the small text that wouldn't trace clearly.


If you have text in your image, don't forget to flip it horizontally before cutting, otherwise all the words will be backwards and you will be very sad.  Ask me how I know.  :)

Then I cut the image out of the Smooth Heat Transfer material on the Silhouette.  For an intricate design like this, I recommend slowing down the cutting speed to a 3 or 4.  It just seems to produce better results.

Peel away all the negative space around your cut image.  I LOVE the little hook tool to pick up small pieces (and to hold little pieces in place that I don't want to come up).  I don't think I would have been able to pull the negative space away without the hook on this project.

 Here's what it will look like when it is all done:


Then place it on your shirt.  The heat transfer material works very well when you follow the directions.  Set your iron to the Cotton Setting (and no higher, or it can ruin the heat transfer), and make sure you use a press cloth so you don't melt the plastic.  I just use a thin scrap of cotton jersey, and it works very well.

After I peel away the protective plastic, I typically cover it with the press cloth and iron it again, just for good measure.

Then you can sit back and enjoy your totally cool, one-of-a-kind t-shirt that is sure to be the envy of Jungle Cruise lovers everywhere.


Don't sit back too long though, because you should probably make another shirt or two.  :)  Lightning McQueen is a celebrity and hero at our house.  Did you know that you can layer different colors of the heat transfer?  Because you totally can.


I didn't get any good action shots of Oscar in his shirts, but this was the face he wore all weekend:

He was one happy boy.

One more Disneyland post with more girl outfits coming up later this week!

40 comments:

Erin Terry said...

So cute Jill. You amaze me. Love the Belle dress you made too. Totally jealous of your mad crafting skills.

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Gotta get me one of those. Sheesh.

And yeah, Space Mountain is the best!!

heddomarie said...

LOVE! thanks for answering my question! :)

The Cahoons! said...

Your patience and detail amaze him. Those shirts are awesome. I've thought about making disney shirt since I'm going for my sons 3rd birthday. I don't count on it actually happening.

Do you have any easy tips for shirt making without a Silhouette?

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Nice job on the shirts. I'm so glad you had a good time!

Vanessa said...

Wow! Those shirts are fantastic! Your little boy looks like he had a great time!

Jenny said...

AWESOME shirt!!! We also were at Disney this weekend (World, not Land) with our two kids and they are about the same age as yours. They both had a blast, especially the 2 year old!!! The Jungle Cruise was a favorite of his :)
Can't wait to see the girlie outfits!

Melissa said...

THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER for the silhouette tutorials that are understandable to those of us who aren't graphic design geniuses. You have helped a ton..... keep 'em coming please!

jessa said...

I ABSOLUTELY needed this tutorial. Thank you so much. I love that retro Jungle Cruise graphic. Think I'm too old to wear a shirt like that?? (32 yrs old) I love it!!

Jenny-Two-Tries said...

So, if I wanted to use fabric paint for freezer paper stenciling, I could go through the same steps, but cut out on freezer paper? Then use the negative space? (I doubt I'd try such an intricate pattern for that, though...)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

mamma-mich said...

i am having a heck of time trying to figure out how to import a picture. so i have a .doc and a .jpg file saved to my desktop. i open silhouette, go to file, import to my library, find the file, say ok....and then where the heck is it??? i tried it with both types of files?? help me?!?!

Brittany said...

Wow, those turned out amazing! I'm so excited for you. Really. This is my kinda thing. So did the kids get lots of attention at Disneyland for their shirts and the baby Belle dress?

bethanndodd said...

LOVE the shirts!! LOVE my Silhouette. Actually, I just got done making a St. Patty's tee for my littlest guy...so fun! Thanks for the tip on how to import images. I am going to try it tomorrow (or today. geez, i need to go to bed!) Thanks again!

homemade by jill said...

Mamma-Mich -

Your imports should be stored in your library in the folder marked "My Own Designs" (rather than "Recent Downloads"). You can also just click on "Show All Designs" to see everything together. Hope that helps!

Sarah said...

I love the shirts! Super cute and interesting to find out how one makes such an item. I was just curious though, do those images not have copyrights? I always heard Disney was pretty crazy strict about their art.

Stephanie said...

I have been stumped how to import an image since I updated my silhouette program. Thanks so much for sharing! I tried so many other ways and who knew it could be that simple! I am so excited to try this out!

Larissa said...

Awesome!!! Love the retro look. Can't wait to try something like that with my machine.

mamma-mich said...

jill - thank you! it worked. i found my saved jpegs. wow - this makes for SO many more options! thanks SO much for the great instructions and tutorials! you are the best!!

Jennifer said...

Love the shirts! Thank you for the great tutorial. Do you find that the transfer material washes well? I have seen a few comments from people saying they had trouble with the transfer coming off in the wash. I would love to try it, but I am a little nervous.

Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun said...

How awesome is that! I have been wanting a Silhouette machine, it does soooo many fun projects! Love the shirts! :)

Photovoltaic Solar Panels said...

Woww, that is perfect. I an amazed that it can be done at home. That's such a great and master piece, I love it. Have you done any course for that?

Jaime said...

you make it looks so easy! looks like you have some lovely memories of your trip away.

Natasha said...

I LUVVVVVV this!! Now I need one of these machines, oh the Cinderella wear I could make! Surely the money I'd save from the Disney store would justify the costs right?! (:

K said...

Is there another word for the trace button??? I have a mac and can't find the trace button at all. Can you give me a hint where it is:) Thanks for the tutorial. It opens up so many possibilities!

Libby said...

Wow. And wow. That jungle cruise shirt rocks. I know I'm jealous!

Lauren said...

Thank you for that tutorial. I have been wondering how to do that for sooo long! I appreciate how detailed you made it and with pictures.

K - I have a Mac and the trace button is at the very top of the screen. It's the 5th button from the right. If you scroll over it it will say "open the trace window" it's also a blue icon. Hope that helps!

Danica said...

Great shirt! I loved it so much I made a Minnie Mouse shirt of my own. Check it out here: http://dreamingofstitches.blogspot.com/

Audrey said...

Jill- where did you get the solid tees for Oscar? I'm having a terrible time trying to find solid little boy tees WITHOUT a pocket on the chest. Thanks!

homemade by jill said...

Audrey - I have that problem, too, and haven't found a good supplier of solid, pocketless shirts. I usually buy the shirts at Old Navy and use my seam ripper to very carefully remove the pockets.

sue said...

i seriously need to get my hands on one of these babies!!!

shansen20 said...

I am wondering how the heat transfer has held up. I've done three shirts so far and the two that have been for my family have had bits of them that don't stick. I pressed it well first to get it off the sheet and then again after removing the plastic sheet. I want to do more--my girls want shirts too but don't want to do it, if the transfer won't adhere properly. Any thoughts?

Audrey said...

Jill- thanks for the pocket removal advice.. worked wonderfully :)

CK said...

Wow! Looks super professional!

Andrea said...

Thanks Jill
This was so easy and I was so intimidated.

ordazd said...

Thank you so-o-o much for this easy-to-follow and understand tutorial! Just what I've been looking for! =}

aidam said...

very very creative..i just love it.some more thirsts over at http://www.chilledtees.com/

Holy Craft said...

I saw this when you first came out with it and now with a trip coming up in a few weeks, I am sitting down to make one for my son. I was wondering how much the filter was set and also the threshold. I'm such a novice with my machine. What seems to come easy to some people is so difficult for me!

Michelle said...

That is amazing -- I want one for me! :-)

Vianca said...

Is it possible you can tell me what software you used to make it tracesable??? Can I do it on Microsoft word? Please email me back at viancallopez@yahoo.com

Thanx in advance... I hope to hear from you...