Upgrade a Plain T-Shirt With Super-Fly Butterflies

Grab those plain T-shirts lying around the house and give 'em a cute upgrade . These butterflies as super easy to make, so the kids can get in on the fun , too!

DIY Butterfly Shirt

Level: Easy

DIY Butterfly Pocket
Butterfly pocket

What You Need

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


1. Pick Your Transfer Paper

There are two types of transfer paper — those for light fabrics and those for dark. Make sure the paper you're using coordinates with the shirt you choose so the colors are vibrant.

2. Trace the 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 — use stencils in varying sizes.

3. Cut Out the Butterflies

Carefully cut out the butterflies. Place the cut-outs on your shirt, playing with the arrangement until you find a design you love.

4. Apply to the T-Shirt

Iron on your butterflies one-by-one. Once they're cool enough to touch, gently peel off the backing paper to reveal the color left behind.

That's it! What was once a plain ole T-shirt is now a super-fly addition to your wardrobe.

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