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No Sew Christmas Shirt for Kids: Reindeer Hand Print

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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.

no sew Christmas shirt


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)

1 shirt

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 hands

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 on hands

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.

iron on reindeer

Place the hand and foot prints on the shirt where you would like them to go.

Reindeer foot print

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.

Aleenes glue

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.

Glitter reindeer

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.

Hand print shirt

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!

No sew Christmas shirt

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




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  • 197X Tees
    January 18, 2017

    Screen printing also poses concerns when it comes to complex
    styles or designs with far more than four to 5 colors as each colour increases charges and production time.

  • julie
    November 19, 2014

    cute! Our 2nd graders make a similar hand print shirt at school. yours is adorable

    • Camille
      November 19, 2014

      I was just thinking these would be cute to make with my 2nd graders class using paper! But I bet we could do them if the kids all brought in shirts.

  • T'onna
    December 10, 2012

    So Cute!!!!

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  • Hanna
    December 8, 2012

    This is so cute!!! I love it!!!! Great blog too. I’m Hanna and I am your newest follower:) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! You can find me at

    xoxoxo Hanna

  • Melissa
    December 7, 2012

    Great project! Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie Moore
    December 7, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this to our 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up! So adorable! 🙂

  • stacey
    December 6, 2012

    Absolutely LOVE this!!! What a great keepsake. and so easy!

    Thank you for linking this up at Thursday Obsessions by Glued To My Crafts. When you get the chance, I have another linkup party with a Christmas theme. I think this (as well as your other posts) would be great on there. For each linkup, you get a chance to win a starbucks gift card. Hope to see your creations there!

  • Marilyn
    December 3, 2012

    This handprint project is also just amazing. You do a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of small children in your holiday creations. Thanks so much for sharing at the homemade holiday party!


  • Accidentally Wonderful
    December 3, 2012

    What a cute shirt, and what a great way to see ho much the child has grown from year to year! I’d love it if you’d share this at my linky party

  • JDaniel4's Mom
    December 16, 2011

    I hope you will link this post to my Christmas Traditions Link Up in the Other category. It starts tomorrow!

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