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DIY Heart Shirts for Kids – An Easy Printmaking Project!

Heart Doily Printed T-Shirts Redux :: 3 Years Later!

Remember those heart shirts we made a few years ago with heart doily prints?

We really loved them!

So much so, in fact, that when Maia outgrew her shirt, I cut out the heart and sewed it onto a larger shirt.

We liked the contrasting colors of the old heart on the new shirt, so when I decided it was time to make another round of heart shirts, I thought I’d do it that way right from the beginning.

DIY Heart Shirts with Heart Doily Printing

How to Make Heart Shirts for Kids With Printed Doilies (Redux)

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Doing it this way—printing on knit fabric (old t-shirts) and then cutting out the heart and sewing it onto a t-shirt—had the added bonus that we could select the heart prints that worked great and not stress about the ones that didn’t.

Here are a few other things we did differently this time around ::

Using BioColor Paint for Fabric Printing

We used BioColor paint as the fabric paint (mixed with a special BioColor fabric medium). It worked great!

(But fabric paints work well, too, so if that’s what you have (or want to pick up from the craft store) go for it!)

Printing heart doilies

We also used uncoated white heart doilies this time—large ones that I think I found at Michael’s in the wedding cake aisle.

The uncoated doilies seemed to accept more of the paint and more evenly than the coated doilies we had used last time, resulting in a better print.

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Once the paint dried, I cut out around the heart prints with a loose scalloped edge. Then I pinned the heart onto the front of a couple of plain t-shirts. I then sewed around the edge, as well as around the inner heart in the doily design.

You could do this by hand if you preferred, or even just use some iron-on fusible webbing.

The Heart Shirts in Action

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Here’s Daphne in her heart shirt, drawing hearts on the chalkboard.

Doily Printed Heart Shirts for Valentine's Day

And Maia in her new heart t-shirt.

Heart Doily Shirts 3 Years Later

Plus, I couldn’t resist sharing photos of the sisters at ages 1 and 5 wearing their heart shirts and then again three years later at ages 4 and 8. They just make me smile.

I love that we made these heart shirts early enough this year that they can get plenty of use before Valentine’s Day! Not that my kids, especially the younger one, don’t wear and love hearts year round…

By the way, if you want the step-by-step tutorial  make sure to see my original post on how to make a heart doily t-shirt.

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DIY Heart Shirts for Valentines Day Made with Printed Heart Doilies
DIY Heart Shirts for Kids - An Easy Printmaking Project!


  • Reply
    January 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful girls! I want to come up with something to do with my three year old son for Valentine’s Day now that we finally have art space in our new home.

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    January 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I love your revisions. We made your original ones last year and so enjoyed them. I love the stress reduction aspect of printing on old T’s and selecting the favorite print rather than trying to get it perfect in one try. :) Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    January 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I love the way you reused the old artwork. Has such a vintage look that way.

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    January 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    They look awesome! Love the “then and now” photos of the girls. I just cannot get over how grown up they seem. It has been so neat to watch them grow from the very beginning. I really feel like I know them…Thanks for sharing. :)

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    January 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    They look great! I did this yesterday (when my internet connection was down so I didn’t see this post in time) and will definitely think about doing your updated sew-on method.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm


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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm


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    Jim Finn
    January 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Thank you for this post. I really love on how your innovate this old tee into a new heart printed shirt. Aside from that,kids can merely do their own designs and different style for their personalized t-shirts.t-shirt printing

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    April 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    This is such a fun project. Also what beautiful children you have. :) Such happy little kids!

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