Thursday, July 21, 2011

Family Numbered T-shirts

Okay, so I got this idea from a friend.  She had a family reunion a year or two ago and they made t-shirts for each person in the family.  They each got a number and their number was the order in which they entered the family (by marriage or birth).  And they took their family pictures in them.  I thought it was so cool that I wanted to do it for our reunion.

Each family got a color (which is what we did at our last reunion, so I kept them the same color), and then the numbers were brown (so we were all part of one big unit). 
It was fun to figure out every one's number. 
Something else that would have been fun (but we didn't have time because we were busy having too much fun) would be to play games and call out peoples numbers.  You get the idea...
The kids loved their shirts and in a year or son, when they have grown out of them, we hope to make a family blanket by cutting the t-shirts up into squares.

So this is how I did it.  I got every one's shirt (had to figure out every one's size, and bought them on sale half off.)  Then I figured out every one's number.  THEN, I drew out numbers onto paper until I was happy with how they looked.  Notice, my husband is number 14 and the 4 is quite small compared to the other numbers.  Oh well, just gives it character, right?
Then I cut out the numbers to use as my pattern when I cut the material.  (I used knit fabric)  Then I counted up all my numbers that I would need to cut (ex: there were 12 one's to cut out).  Then I cut them all out.  THEN, I centered every one's number on the t-shirt with pins and sewed them on.  I used thread the color of the t-shirt to help the number pop out even more.  I have to say, they turned out super cute and I am so glad I did the work (lots of work), cause it was all worth it!

Happy Crafting!

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