Monday, November 15, 2010

Spell it Out For Them

When I was still pregnant and planning our hospital stay I knew the boys would be coming to visit us and see their new brother. I wanted to make them "big brother" shirts but couldn't find anything that didn't look babyish or completely dorky.  Then I remembered making shirts for the boys a couple of years ago with each of their names on the chest.  They loved them and wore them until the letters started to peel and the shirts barely reached the top of their pants. 

To start your alphabet art shirt you first have to compile your letters. There’s plenty of ways to do this from photographing your own letters to searching online through royalty photos. But the easiest way to do this is to go to Spell with Flickr. It’s a really cool generator program that lets you simply type in a word and it will search through Flikr for the letters you need.

Type your word in the white box and hit spell and see what you get!

Cool huh?

Now you can choose to keep these letters like they are or if you are trying to use all one color or simply don’t like the look of one of the letters you can click and change each letter individually.

But beware! Once you change a letter it’s gone and you cant find it again unless it randomly comes back up again!

After you’re happy with your alphabet art scroll you are ready to save your code!

Scroll down and find the large box filled with a bunch of letters and words you don't understand... this is your code!  Click within the box and it should highlight the whole thing (if not or if you double click you'll have to manually highlight all the text... not at all difficult but pretty annoying).  Now right click and select "copy".

Now you’ve got your code.

Now open up the notepad on your computer and paste your code here.  It will probably paste as one big long line and that's A-okay... don't fix it!  Just save your notepad as an html document.  To do that you just click "save as", tell it where to save and name it _____.html  I named mine "hello.html"

Now close your notepad and open the file you just saved.  It should open up your default internet browser and you should see your beautiful name! 

How exciting right?

Next  you're going to get your letters ready for printing!  Go to "Print Preview" under the file section of your browser.  Chances are your letters are going to be too small.  Click the pull down menu that reads "shrink to size" to resize your letters.  It'll take a little bit of playing with to get the sizing to where you want it and you may need to print your letters on regular paper to really know how big they are.

Once you're happy with the size of your letters you can print it out on your iron on transfer paper!

I prefer to use the dark t-shirt transfer sheets (even if I’m not using a dark shirt!) With these you don’t have to flip or mirror your image… you simply print cut and iron!

After you print your image on the transfer sheet, cut out each letter so no white shows, peel off the back and position your letters on the shirt.

I like to overlap a bit and rotate them so they are tilted to the right and left and look fun but they also look good just straight up and down!

Now follow the instructions for the transfer sheets and iron those letters on and you're done!
Well that was my first tutorial!  What'd you think?  Did I totally lose you?  Was it completely lame?  If you liked it let me know!  And if you run out and make one I'd love to see how it turns out!!


  1. Great tutorial. It was very easy to follow!! Now I need to go make all six of my kids and my granddaughter, niece, newphew...I just need to make one for all my family.

  2. These are so cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. Love this idea and I had no idea about the flickr thing! I'd love if you come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings

  4. I L-O-V-E this! I never new that FLicker had letters like that. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this. I know that I will be putting it to great use!

  5. I like it! Now what will I write??? Humm...

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! Very neat letters!!

  7. so so cute! i've never seen this done before. and how great for boys!

  8. This is awesome and just in time. I am just getting ready to design a shirt. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. Hey Girl-- LOVE this! I didn't know that trick about the dark tee shirt transfer paper... been struggling to flip images for ever. Darling project!

  10. OMG! I had no idea about "spell" on flickr! I think I have quite a few projects to work on now! Thank you for linking up at Sew Woodsy! We featured your project yesterday! Please make sure you grab a "featured" button!

  11. Thanks for sharing! I'm hoping to need a "big brother" shirt for my son some day soon. I had no idea about spelling on flickr!


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