Another use for that pirate template…


I picked up one of those $4 or $5 tees at Target and carefully seam rippered the pocket off. Then, I cut the Jolly Roger template out of freezer paper and used the same bleach method I did here, only this time I didn’t put it in Oxiclean (just water). Doesn’t look like that part is necessary….at least not for maximizing your wearing pleasure.


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  1. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Kristine Robinson says:

    Love it! And he shirt is cute, too.

  3. Al, Wendy, Max, and Lil says:

    I really love this idea. I want to make some for Max and Lil.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I'm so glad to hear that that Target pocket comes right off! I bought one to make a big brother shirt and was wondering how it would look, so thanks for the doing the experimenting for me! :o)

  5. Joni Walton says:

    He is adorable…and I love, love, love the $5 blue chair!

  6. .·:*¨¨*:·.Hep*Hep*Hooray says:


  7. Sew It To Me says:

    Yay! I've been brainstorming ideas for my five year old son. My kids watch me sew (one boy, one girl) and most of it is for my little girl and then I feel bad for my boy. This pirate shirt will be my first project I am adding to my For Boys folder. Thanks!


  8. love what happens to the black.

  9. I've been trying to find plain toddler tees without a pocket for ages. It never occurred to me to take the dang pocket OFF! Duh. You're a genius.

  10. brown paper packages says:

    I've got to make these! They would be perfect for my boys' first birthday. And how fun would a pirate party be!!!

  11. Oh so cute!! I love shirt!! and baby also very cute… its beautiful…
    thanks for this post.

  12. .·:*¨¨*:·.Hep*Hep*Hooray says:

    i keep thinking about your blog. which is why i have come back (again). i am wishing i wasn't so dang busy and that i could make onesies for my twins, similar to these shirts you have made. except mine would say something like "twin A" and "twin B" or something twin-like. maybe if i keep on visiting your blog, i will be inspired enough to actually DO this.

  13. stephjacobson says:

    Thanks for sharing your template and instructions. My son and I made him a shirt yesterday–

  14. OK, I am going to be brave enough to admit that I just tried this out for my son using a dinosaur template and it turned out awful. Perhaps I used too much bleach, but it bled like crazy and the poor dinosaur…well, it looks more like a tumor now :( I'll try again with some diluted bleach and less of it I guess.

  15. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Rose, I wouldn't recommend diluting the bleach. That'll just make you need more to get the same amount of bleaching.

    It's harder on ribbed shirts. Were you using a ribbed tee?

  16. Nope, just regular Target tee. I am making another stencil to cover up the messed up one and paying more attention to pressing the edges and being a little more careful with the bleach. I'll let you know how it goes!

  17. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Good luck!

  18. An update! I made a stencil to cover up the messed up one, pressed the heck out of it and used *a lot* less bleach. And it worked perfectly!!! My son loves his new dinosaur shirt! Now I am off to target to pick up a black shirt for the pirate stencil! Thanks Char!!!!

  19. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Yay! Glad you got the kinks worked out!

  20. patrick says:

    Very nice – easy to follow, simple, and working. Thanks for the knowledge!
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  22. All the Best

  23. Another Pirate Hahaha

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