The Car Play Shirt is the shirt that lets daddy stretch out and relax while playing with the kids! They make great Father's Day/birthday/Christmas gifts (for grandpa's too!) and offer a unique and fun way to interact with your children.
I first made one of these for my husband several years ago using Sharpies, and it has become a favorite activity to do with dad when he comes home from work or on lazy Saturday mornings.
For those who want one of these shirts but do not have the time, resources or desire to actually make it, we are now selling them in our Etsy shop! We are offering both a full color version and a black and white version that can be colored in by your kids (or you) at home. Check us out! And for those who are interested in the tutorial, read on...
Following is a short TUTORIAL so you can make your own car shirt. I have printouts of the map I created and everything you'll need to know.
What you'll need:
- Plain white shirt (you can buy these at Walmart in a pack of 2 or 3 for just a few dollars each)
- Printer and paper (if you want to use the map I created)
- Fabric paint or fabric markers
- Cars to drive on your map!
If you'd like to use the map I created, the following images can be printed. Each quarter of the map needs to be printed on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. If you don't want to use my map, then get creative and design your own! I think it works best to design it on paper first, and then trace it onto your shirt (the following steps will explain how to do this).
Click on the images below, drag them to your desk top and print them.
Once you've printed each quarter, tape them together.
Then slide the paper in between the front and back of the shirt, with the back of the shirt facing up. This also protects the paint from bleeding through to the front.
Start tracing! I used fabric paint, but just a warning, it took FOREVER! About 3 hours longer than I had hoped :) Next time I make one I want to try fabric markers. It seems like they would make smoother lines and would save a lot of time.
And ta-da! You've created your very first car shirt!
**This tutorial is meant for individual use only. Please do not use my images for the purpose of selling shirts for profit. Thank you!