No Sew Christmas Shirt for Kids: Reindeer Hand Print
This adorable no sew Christmas shirt for kids uses your child’s hand and foot print to create an adorable reindeer. Use an iron on adhesive, googly eyes, and a pom pom to make this cute homemade Christmas gift.
I love to get my kids Christmas shirts to wear to holiday festivities. A few years ago I started making these no sew Christmas shirts instead of buying them. I’m planning to make a tee shirt quilt with all the Christmas shirts when the kids grow up. But don’t limit yourself to just the kids! This no sew Christmas shirt is adorable, can be in any size and is super, super easy! Even if you aren’t crafty, I promise you can make this. I found all the items I needed at Walmart but I’m sure Hobby Lobby or Jo-Anns has it all as well!
I think it would be cute to get a plain tree skirt and put new reindeer on each year as the children grow to document how their little hands and feet grew! Or these would be fun on placemats or even a table cloth. The possibilities are endless.
1 package, NO SEW, WASHABLE Heat N Bond
1/2 yard of brown cotton fabric (I used broadcloath)
3 buttons — one for the nose and 2 for the eyes; or big googly eyes and a pom-pom for the nose
Washable fabric paint and/or glitter fabric paint in the color of your choice (optional)
Trace both hands of each kid and one foot on to the back of the Heat N Bond. Cut out the hand and foot prints. This is the most time consuming step of the entire process!
Iron the Heat N Bond prints (sticky side down — the package will have directions) on to the fabric using no steam and medium heat. Cut out the prints, again. You could probably save time by ironing the Heat N Bond to the fabric and just cutting it all out once, but I hate wasting fabric.
Place the hand and foot prints on the shirt where you would like them to go.
Peel the backing off and iron each piece on according to the Heat N Bond instructions. I did not use a towel in between the shirt and the iron, but follow the directions on your package.
Now you are ready for the nose and the eyes. The first time I made these shirts, I sewed on buttons. But this time I used googly eyes and pom-poms from the dollar store. I glued them on with Aleene’s OK to Wash glue thinking that would work to wash the shirt. But my 8 year old pointed out that the pom poms may not wash very well. So you might want to stick with buttons – I’ll let you know.
Your shirt is technically done but you can spruce it up. I used Tulip Glitter Fabric Spray Paint in gold and red on my daughter’s shirt to glam it up for her.
And this is what you get when you ask your crazy 6 year old son to pose for a shot. No one ever told me about the “Sassy Six” phase with boys!
Don’t limit yourself to just shirts with these cute reindeer! I think they’d be great on a tree skirt, towels, a tablecloth or anything else you can think of. They also make great grandparent gifts.
Adapted from Southern Plate