get the newsletter

shine along

January 20, 2011

Make-Your-Own Writer's Uniform

Kate Hart
Twice recently, I've posted about "the writer's uniform," but the sad fact is: I don't own any of those fantastic shirts. Because while we writers love puns, literary allusions, book covers and fandom, we also tend to be broke as a joke. When it comes down to food versus a "Hobbits are Tolkien minorities" shirt, food wins.

But! You don't have to choose starvation to get an awesome shirt. You can make your own, and it's not nearly as hard as I expected. The answer: Freezer paper stencils.


With the directions here, and some images I found online, I whipped up five shirts in less than 24 hours. Paint, a sponge brush, and a package of shirts rang in below the $25 budget the husband and I gave each other at Christmas. (Only four shirts are included here-- the fifth is a Viva La Stewart shirt, but it was still wet when I took pictures.)

Photobucket Photobucket
Photobucket Photobucket

I've seen craft blogs claim freezer paper stenciling is addictive. "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard," I thought. Until last week, when I decided it was vitally important that I have a Gryffindor Quidditch shirt. And naturally, if I'm going to have one, my five-year-old needs one (we're almost to the end of Prisoner of Azkaban and the other night, he got so enthralled that he forgot to close his mouth and drooled on himself). And if the oldest was getting a shirt, obviously the youngest needed one too. So I let him pick, and he asked for a zebra. I have no idea why. But to make him a little more fun, I used fabric markers to fill a few of the stripes.
Photobucket Photobucket

Want to make your own? Check out this Flickr group, The Artful Parent, The Angry Chicken, Make It and Love It, or Instructables for ideas, or watch video tutorials. Need help with the design? Download free stencils (The Paper Seed has a PDF), search for vector shapes or look for graffiti designs-- you can always find good stuff on DeviantArt

A final note: If you use a copyrighted design, you can't sell the shirts. It's uncool and bad for your karma and also kind of illegal.

I'm thinking some kind of custom shirt might be a future giveaway prize. Good idea?

19 comments:

  1. OMG, PLEASE MAKE ME A RAVENCLAW QUIDDITCH SHIRT!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Agreed. Ravenclaw quidditch shirts FTW! They don't even sell them in HP World!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This looks awesome. I may have to try this! I definitely need some writer uniforms :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Since I ultimately suck at arts and crafts, I would LOVE to win a custom shirt from you. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very awesome, Kate!

    The Hobbit shirt will. be. MINE! :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. These are so cool! I love the Gryffindor Quidditch shirt. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. SWEET!!!! that's way more creative and fashionable then my sweat pants.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I must needs has a custom KH creation! My vote is for the Bill S. "this shit writes itself" or some variant thereof.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I LOVE these! And since I suck at the whole idea of crafting I would enter any contest - as many times as I could (il)legally manage - in order to win a Gryffindor Quidditch shirt.

    ReplyDelete
  10. these are fantastic.
    ESPECIALLY the zebra. imho.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Kate, I love this! Now I want to do one!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I SO love the Quidditch one! And also the zebra. And all of them.

    ReplyDelete
  13. OMG.

    Blinky.

    That fish has so much meaning in my life.

    ReplyDelete
  14. These are fantastic! I am bookmarking this post for future reference.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I spent a whole hour search for designs last night. Curse you, Kate. I see a new hobby in my future.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Okay, contest it is! Maybe next week. Now to ponder designs...

    ReplyDelete

All content copyright Kate Hart 2016

Template copyright @ 2016, Blogger Templates Designed By Templateism | Distributed By Blogger Templates20