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As I was pinteresting party ideas for our upcoming Sesame Street party, I came across the cutest Sesame Street t-shirts. The t-shirts themselves were the color of the character, with just the character's facial features printed on. For example, the Elmo one was a red t-shirt with Elmo's eyes, nose, and mouth printed on the shirt.
Right away, I thought it would be perfect for Ash, our toddler, and I to wear them at the party. I looked at the price and was deterred, but then I thought that I could make them.
Originally, my plan was just the three shirts, with Ash and I being Bert and Ernie (because we are life partners ;)) and our son being Elmo.
I was going through my felt craze then and thought I could make them out of felt. However, my sisters do not like to miss out on anything, so as soon as they heard my plan, they jumped on board.
My sister Bridget specifically asked to be Oscar because she loves trash (she turns it into some pretty cool things). My sister PK certainly won't be left out of anything (she started group hugs!), so her number-loving self was assigned the Count. They both somehow convinced my parents to wear them also. I called Ash's family to see if they wanted in on the fun, and they did :)
So I went from making three shirts to making 14! Since I was now making so many shirts, I had to throw out my felt idea. Ash suggested iron transfers, and they worked like a charm.
With 14 shirts, we had to employ as many characters as we could think of. We used Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar, the Count, Tellie, Murray, Big Bird, Zoe, Abby, Rosita, and Baby Bear.
First, we printed the images (that we googled) on the transfer paper. With most transfer papers, you have to print the mirrored image, but this transfer paper was different. We just printed the pictures as they were onto the paper. For the printer settings, we used the highest quality print and set the paper type to normal (not glossy like we assumed).
Next, we cut out pictures out. Some pictures were all one image - like Bert, while others were more complicated - like the Count. If we went with a light fabric transfer paper, we would not have needed to cut them out; however, there would have been a tinted background, which we didn't want.
After prewashing the shirts so they would be nice and clean for the party, I put the face cut-outs on the shirt.
To accurately space the elements, I used the leftover transfer cut-out as my guide.
I had to carefully remove the cut-out, trying to keep each element from moving too much.
Then, I put down the piece of wax paper that came with the transfer, and slowly moved the iron back and forth. The purpose of this was to keep the heat from being applied directly to the transfer. This also made it easy to keep the elements flat against the fabric while the iron moved around.
I slowly lifted the wax paper to see it looked perfect!
Within half an hour of starting the iron, I had a few shirts ready to go.
Here are most of the shirts - I tried to get them all in one line-up, but I had already sent the Count and Tellie to my sister and her boyfriend.
Here's a few pictures of the party people:
Cutting the cake :)
The shirts looked so great on the day of the party. Our little one had a great time pointing out all of his favorite characters on the shirts of his favorite people :)
I do want to reiterate that after washing the transfers did not hold up. They faded right away; however, we knew this when we decided to go with this technique. They were all perfect for the day of the party :)
And it was very cost-effective, especially with using Shirts in Bulk for all of the shirts!
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At the Sesame party, we had a DIY photo booth, lots of easy DIY party decorations, themed party food, Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes, and we made DIY Sesame shirts. Check out our main Sesame party post :)
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