April 4, 2011

I Leap 4 Peeps (Boys’ Easter Tee Tutorial)

Let’s face it: the number of cute projects for girls outnumbers those for boys by a very lopsided margin. I am always on the lookout for ways to include my little guy when it comes to fun wearable items, like I did with this little Boden knock-off monster tee, and then again with this Butterball Tee for Thanksgiving. 

After I finished the Ruffled Easter Egg Tee for his baby sister the other day, Jack asked when I would make him his very own Easter shirt. I knew at that moment I had to set to work to create him something uber cute, and thus the idea for the I Leap 4 Peeps tee was born. This tee is one that can be put together in to time flat, but the result is downright irresistible!

 Interested in making one or a little guy (or girl) in your life? Let’s get started!

For this project, you will need…

A plain t-shirt
A small piece of white scrap fabric
Printable iron-on transfers
Freezer paper
Green, yellow and light blue fabric paint
Brown fabric marker
Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.
A die-cutting machine that cuts SVG files (I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot software)
Peep SVG file (refer below for an option if you don’t have a die cutter)

step 1 / Use your die cutter and the SVG file to cut out a row of three of your peeps from your freezer paper. Discard the bunny cutouts, reserving only the negative portion of the cut out image. Carefully iron this stencil onto the front of your white fabric piece. Use a foam brush to carefully paint each of your bunnies, starting at the top of the ears and working downward. Allow your paint to dry completely before peeling away the freezer paper. Set this piece aside for now.

step 2 / Use your computer word processing software to print “I Leap 4” onto your transfer paper. (Refer to the transfer paper packaging for recommended settings.) Note: You will want this phrase to be the same width as your line of Peeps, so adjust your font and size accordingly. I used Budmo Jiggler font. Cut out your wording, and iron it onto your fabric piece, just above your row of Peeps. Use your fabric marker to draw dots for the features on your Peeps, as shown.

step 3 / Trim down your piece so that it is a square, making sure your images and wording are centered. Carefully stitch this patch to the front of your t-shirt, finishing two lines of stitching for an added decorative touch, if desired. Lightly rough up the edges of your fabric patch to give your tee a broken-in look.

You are finished!

Project Notes

No die cutter at your disposal? Trace a row of three Peeps onto the dull side of your freezer paper using this JPEG file as your template, and then use very sharp scissors to carefully cut out each bunny shape. It requires a bit more work, but the results will be just as nice!


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11 Responses to I Leap 4 Peeps (Boys’ Easter Tee Tutorial)

  1. Kelli @ RTSM April 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    So cute! I totally agree about there being not very much cute boy stuff out there!

  2. Katie's Nesting Spot April 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I just love this, I really need to get SCAL for my Cricut! I may have to look into that tonight. Great project and now that I’m expecting a boy I’ve got my eye out for more boy projects and you’re right there is a real shortage compared to girly things.

  3. Stef April 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    This is so fun and so boy! I love how it looks like a big rough patch. So stylish! Another winner, Amy! Did Jack love it?

  4. Sweet Little Smoothie April 5, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    Wow adorable! Anything with those sweet bunny peeps is an insta-winner in my book! I love that you used it as a patch – adds the perfect boy touch 😉

  5. reasonstoskipthehousework April 5, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    So sweet! Very creative! I’d love for you to come link up!
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  6. The SPANGLER April 5, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    So so happy to have stumbled upon your fabulous blog! Am off to follow you about and have more of a sticky about!
    Stop by at The Quick Unpick and say hi if you get a chance!

  7. ellie g April 5, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    What is it about peeps that make me giddy. Something about their shape is so cute, but modern. And I adore their tiny chocolate dot eyes. And yes, I do eat them. But they have to be opened for about 4 days first. I have a sugar sickness. I’m aware!

    Guess what?

    We’re meeting for real in like, a couple days. EEEEEEEEEEK!

  8. Randi April 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    That’s so fun! Very cute for a boy.

  9. Jen @ My Own Road April 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Visiting from Be Different…Act Normal, I love the shirt! It really is hard to find cute, neutral shirts for boys, great job with this. Too cute.

  10. Erica {B is for Boy} April 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Love this! Featuring it over at B is for Boy.

  11. Michelle April 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Thanks for finding a way to link Easter and boys! Spring is not a very boy friendly color scheme.:)

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