Upgrade a Plain T-Shirt With Super-Fly Butterflies


Do you have old T-shirts you never wear lying around your house? Us, too. We’re constantly looking for new ideas on how to revamp these fabrics, and what better way to make something old look prettier than by adding butterflies? This project is perfect for you and your kiddo, too!

DIY Butterfly Pocket

Do you love it? Here’s how you can make your own

What you need:

  • A shirt with a pocket
  • Butterfly stencils
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • A pen or marker
  • Scissors

Step 1: Pick your paper

First thing’s first: you have to make sure you have the right kind of transfer paper, or the project might not come out quite right. There are two types of transfer paper — those for light fabrics and those for dark fabrics. Make sure the paper you are using coordinates with the shirt you choose so the colors are vibrant!

Step 2: Get to tracing

Now it’s time to jump in and create some butterflies. Using your pen or marker, trace the butterfly stencils onto your transfer paper. To add depth to your design (and really make it look like butterflies are fluttering out of your pocket), make sure you have stencils in varying sizes.

Step 2: Trim the design

Carefully cut around your stencils until you have your kaleidoscope of butterflies. Before you start ironing, place the cut-outs onto your shirt and play around with the arrangement to find a design you LOVE. It's important to do this first, because once they're ironed on, they're on there forever.

Step 3: Heat up the iron

One by one, iron on your butterflies. Once it’s cool enough to touch, gently peel off the backing paper to reveal the color left behind. And voila — what was once a plain ol’ T-shirt is now a butterfly-tastic addition to your wardrobe.

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