“My Peeps” Shirt with Free Printables

The herald of spring and Easter has arrived in stores, the marshmallow peep! Now that it’s arrived I thought I would make a shirt for my son featuring the peeps. I used a stencil to paint the image on a separate piece of fabric because I liked how it looked and as a bonus, after Easter I have the option to remove it from the shirt and save it for next year! But you could always paint it directly onto a shirt.

The materials I used: one Garanimals shirt from Wal-Mart ($3.50 for a new shirt, awesome!), paint brush and Tulip soft matte paint in glacier white and sunshine yellow, a 5″ x 3.5″ piece of knit fabric, thread and sewing machine, cutting board and x-acto knife, my free peeps printables/stencils PDF.

In the PDF I included 4 pages to give you a few different options and you can choose your favorite peep, the chick or the bunny. The pages include what you see below in the color versions and in a black version that’s easier to use for a stencil.


To make the shirt just print out the page including the image you want from my PDF. Cut out the letters/image with an x-acto knife. Then line up the stencil on the fabric and paint in the letters and images. I just freehanded the inside of the “e” and “a” and the lines inside of the chicks. You could also cut the eyes, the lines in the chicks, and the insides of the letters out of tape and paint over them then peel off the tape with tweezers while the paint is still wet. After the first coat of paint I let everthing dry then removed the stencil and did a second coat to clean up the edges and fill in the colors more uniformly.

Next, position the fabric on the shirt, pin it down and stitch it. I used yellow thread to contrast with the gray knit fabric. And I used a knit fabric so I could leave the raw edges and not have to worry about any fraying or hemming.

And that’s it! A fast and cute shirt ready to go.

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  29 comments for ““My Peeps” Shirt with Free Printables

  1. April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing the printable!

  2. April 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    This is such a great idea. Love it!

  3. Fabric Fascination
    April 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Adorable add on to your son’s shirt. Your tutorial is great, I like the details of how much each item will cost. Such a cute idea.

    Thanks for linking to the 52 week challenge.

  4. April 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    So cute–thanks for sharing! Hopefully I can find some time to make one for my son.

  5. Nancy Sue
    April 14, 2011 at 12:11 am


  6. April 14, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I love this!! I’m going to make one for my little guy… so creative and original! Thank you for sharing the freebie! I’m your newest follower.
    Laurie :)

  7. April 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    What a cute idea! Thanks for the tips, I will have to try this!…I am your newest follower…please stop by and say hi :)

  8. April 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

    That has got to be the cutest thing! Absolutely love it! Featuring this next Saturday!

  9. April 17, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I have that yellow and gray striped shirt, and a piece of gray remnant that I have been wanting to make into a project. I think that this may be it. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Michelle
    April 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

    So cute! Thank you for sharing your idea and your printables.

  11. April 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Love this! We may just have to try this in the next day or so.

  12. April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Love any way to mix boys with Easter! And I am so excited that you did not use a craft machine to do this. Way to do it the old fashioned way! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

    • April 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks for the feature Michelle, glad you enjoyed the post!

  13. April 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Found you on The Girl Creative…so cute, love this idea! I’m a new follower!

  14. April 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    ummmm WOW! I LOVE THIS. I wish I would have thought of it for my son. great idea!

    new follower,

  15. April 19, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I love this! It is darling!

  16. Alana
    April 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I love it!!! I’m now a huge fan!!!

  17. April 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    This is fantastic! I love it – and I’m totally making one tomorrow.

    Thanks so much for being generous and sharing your file!

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

  18. April 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Mary this is totally adorable! I have featured this today. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  19. April 20, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I looooove this! My 2 year old son would get a kick out of it…just might have to try it in the next few days.

  20. April 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Cute!! Thanks for sharing! I’d love for you to link up!


    • April 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Jaime–will do!

  21. April 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Great shirt and printables! I am going to try my hand at freezer stenciling…this may work for our casual Easter dinner!

    Thanks for sharing this at Creative Juice! Hope to see you back at the party tonight!

  22. April 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    ADORABLE idea! I am going to feature it on handmade features so feel free to go grab a badge if you would like :) Thanks so much for sharing @ Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings http://www.ladybug-blessings.com.

  23. dee
    April 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Visiting from Wandering Wed. I am following you now. This is adorable.

  24. April 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I made these! http://www.amagicalmommy.com Of course, Im not sure they came out as good as yours but, thank you so much for the inspiration and the stencil!

  25. Denise
    February 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful work, cute idea as well. Curious on the paint, how many coats did you do, two? How did you get the white to look white on dark fabric? Did the paint crack after painting?

    Hope you will be able to answer. Thanks.

    • February 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Hi Denise! It’s been awhile since I made the shirt but the paint is pretty opaque and I think I did two or three light coats of paint. It holds up well in the laundry. I didn’t have any flake off and I don’t think I had any cracks on this shirt. The first time I used this type of paint on a different shirt I did it too thick so it was raised off the fabric a little and that eventually cracked. Hope that helps!

  26. Julie
    March 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you for the cute idea! I am having trouble with the free download… is it still available?

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