NY Yankees T-Shirt and Matching Bandana #GluenGlitter


My husband always complains how he can’t find a Yankee T-shirts for our little guy. Its always a size issue or a design issue. So I thought, what can be better than to create out OWN T-shirt?! This was such a fun and creative project with help of  Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers. 
I had a perfect idea in mind. Since this was my first Batik experience, I actually got a little help from a post on U-Create and a little technique help from Paula’s Burch

First, the little guy and I had to get our supplies, so we headed off to WalMart. I found a pack of 5 white t-shirts, just in case I make a mistake, and some Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers that are only $1.97!  (see our complete shopping trip here)

I made this t-shirt using a Batik fabric dyeing technique. Batik is a technique of dyeing fabric using a dye-resistant. A traditional batik is done using wax as a resistant but a good substitute is Elmer’s Washable Blue Glue Gel. After the t-shirt was dyed and the watermarks were created, I used Painters Paint Markers to enhance the logo.

For the bandana, I didn’t want to dye it because it would look too “matchy-matchy”. I left the bandana white and I drew the logo on it with Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers. I think the logo came out very good especially since I drew it free-hand. This is where my artistic skills really help. Hmmm…I wish I had more time to start painting again. We need more hours in a day!
Ok, sorry, got off track….

Supplies Needed:

-1 or 2 white t-shirts (just in case, get an extra)
-1 or 2 bandanas (just in case, get an extra)
-Blue Gel Elmer’s Glue (must, must, must…will not work with another glue)
-Fabric dye
-Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers

Ok, now on to the project…
I began by working on the t-shirt…

 1. First, I found a logo that I needed and cut it out very carefully. You will actually need a “negative” not a “positive” (hope this makes sense)

2. Rinse the t-shirt in cold water. Squeeze out access water. Pull the t-shirt over something to keep it straight, I  used sheet of thick cardboard (the glossy side). 

3. Place the logo over the spot where you will want it to appear. Using the Blue Gel Elmer’s Glue (a must), carefully trace and fill in the logo.

4. Flip the t-shirt over to draw on the back. (make sure not to place the glue-drawn logo on the surface. If the logo is too big, wait until the front dries before starting on the back. This might take a couple of hours)

5. Make sure that the glue is completely dry before dyeing the fabric. Make the dye solution according to the dye package. I used 3 tsps of dye in a gallon and a half of water. Remember that the color will be lighter after the shirt dries.

6. Completely submerge the shirt in the dye bath. Keep it in there for about 15-20 minutes, make sure to stir to prevent uneven dyeing.

7. Squeeze out the access water and lay the shirt out to dry. Once the t-shirt is completely dry, soak it in cool soapy water for about 20 minutes. Rinse and dry. 

8. When the t-shirt is completely dry, trace the logo with a Painters Paint Marker. Fill in the logo. Let dry completely.

9. Once the paint is completely dry, place a scrap of fabric over the logo and inside the t-shirt and use iron to set the paint. (turn off the steam)

Now on to the bandana…

1. The original bandana, that I got, was a large square. I though it might be too big and hot for a toddler so I cut it in two triangles. I had to hem the cut side.

2. Then draw your design on the bandana with a regular pencil.

3. Trace and color it the design with Painters Paint Markers.

4. Once the design is completely dry, heat-set the paint using your iron. (turn off the steam)

And here you go…you are done!!


***Wash in cold water,on gentle cycle with like colors***






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***This project was created for personal use only. This is not intended for sale!


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  1. You did a great job!

  2. Love the shirt and the bandanna.  You did a good job!  He looks like he loves it just as much.

  3. This is a great idea.  It’s so hard to get a decent boys project.  Thanks for sharing at our party.

  4. Crystal Owens says:

    You are AMAZING my friend! I love love love this! I’m pinning and going to make one for Zach, but not with a Yankees logo. :)

  5. Wow!! That looks so professional!!! Great job… :) 

  6. Those came out great and your model is perfect! :)

  7. So darn cute! Love it! (I would have picked another team…but hey…minor detail…) :) 

  8. That is just fabulous! Seriously – I’m not sure anything I do could come out even half as cute as that!

  9. Djean0417 says:

    Great project , Lyuba! I  LOVE the model and of course you always make everything look so easy! Wonderful!

  10. Shelby Barone says:

    Wow!! This is seriously the cutest little outfit!! I just adore the bandana.

  11. Trish - Mom On Timeout says:

    So cute!  Love the bandana! Tweeted!

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