Activity #387: Turn scribbles into fashion

by Whitney Moss on August 24, 2009

in Crafty,Geeky,Preschooler

I adore the art projects that my son brings home. I even framed his first watercolor painting, and (perhaps misguidedly) believe it looks like legitimate abstract art. But, I would not ever wear, or buy for someone else, a t shirt or tote bag with one of his drawings front and center. (Well maybe this one for my brother.)

Or so I thought. Turns out that front and center is not the only way to put a design on a shirt. Shawn Hazen showed me that a parent with an eye for design can create something more compelling, like this t shirt he created for his wife for Mother’s Day.

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He took 3-year old Finn’s drawing, put it on the computer, reversed out the colors, and repeated the motif. Then he used Spreadshirt.com to have the t shirt produced.

Same story for the hoodie below.

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What you need:
- A kid who draws freely and fearlessly
- A scanner or digital camera
- A gift occasion that merits your awesome creativity

Note: If you want to use the service Shawn used, you must convert the images into vector-based art. If you don’t know what that is, Cafe Press or Zazzle will probably serve you just fine.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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