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Custom design iron-on t-shirt transfers with kids

Children love to express their creativity!  Just look at parents’ refrigerator doors – they’re often crowded with special drawings from their kids!

Many times that creativity spills over to fashion choices.  Over the years I’ve had to overrule some of my kids’ clothing decisions, but I try to let them go with their own unique style as much as possible.

Recently my daughter and I found a fun way to get creative and work together on her wardrobe.  We decided to custom design some clothes just for her with iron-on t-shirt transfers!

T-shirt transfer supplies

Our fashion design session got started when I found some Avery iron-on t-shirt transfers for our inkjet printer.  I actually had these tucked away in our craft supplies and had never used them.  My daughter decided they were perfect for making her some new t-shirts.

Her first choice?  A t-shirt to showcase her love for baking.

We found a fun, free image on Pixabay to use as the art.  She chose a public-domain cupcake heart design.  Then we loaded it to Canva to add a cool font.  After saving the design as an image, it was easy to print it on the Avery iron-on transfer paper in our inkjet printer.  We just had to reverse the image so it would be legible when we ironed it onto the shirt.

Because her design was on the small side for her kid-size shirt, I combined it with another image before printing so we wouldn’t be wasting half a sheet of the transfer paper. We cut them out separately and had two designs ready to go.

T-shirt transfer trimmed

Avery provides full, easy instructions for trimming around the design and for the proper ironing length for best image transfer.

T-shirt ironing on

It was fast and easy to get her custom t-shirt ready to wear!

We noticed that the pink t-shirt I chose muted the colors in the original artwork, so it probably would have looked better on a white shirt.  However, my daughter wanted to bake in her baking shirt, so I figured a color may hold up better than white for her use.

T-shirt completeThis was an easy, fun, and inexpensive project to do together!  My daughter is thrilled to have a t-shirt that she designed herself!

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The Avery iron-on t-shirt transfers are available at Amazon and other retailers. At Amazon, the package of six Avery Iron-On T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers (affiliate link) is under $8.

We used the version for white/light-colored t-shirts. There’s a separate version – Avery Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers (affiliate link) – for ironing onto dark t-shirts. The price is slightly higher for the dark t-shirt version.

I got the t-shirts at Hobby Lobby since they always have them for 30% off.  Their discounted price for kids’ t-shirts is less than $3 each – perfect for fun projects like this!

The iron-on image has lasted well through several washes.  My daughter likes to wear her custom design often, and I’ve been happy that washing hasn’t stripped away the image.

When my boys had a school dress-up day with a Hawaiian theme, we had plenty of the transfer paper left, so it was easy to make our own t-shirts for the event.

Custom iron-on Hawaiian t-shirtWe found some public-domain surfing images on Pixabay, added some Hawaiian words, and ironed our designs onto bright shirts.  We used a full page of the Avery iron-on transfers with these Hawaiian designs.

Custom Hawaiian Surf Shop Iron-On T-shirt

These custom shirts were perfect for Hawaiian day!

The pictures of our Hawaiian shirts above are after washing.  I’ve found that the Gildan Heavy Cotton T-shirts are a bit wrinkly, no matter how quickly I grab them from the dryer and try to smooth them.  The price is right for these shirts at Hobby Lobby, though, so we make them work.

Have you tried making your own custom designed iron-on t-shirt transfers?  It’s a fun and inexpensive project with kids!

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Celebrate World Pasta Month with the family!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Enjoy World Pasta Month with Buca di Beppo!

Did you know that October is World Pasta Month?

In my house we like pasta at any time, but we’re always happy to have another reason to eat some yummy Italian food! Our family can definitely get into celebrating World Pasta Month with some good food!

We’re clearly in good company among pasta lovers. Pasta is so popular in the United States that 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world! I’ve learned that the average American consumes 20 pounds of pasta annually. That sounds about right for me!

Celebrate pasta with World Pasta Month!   {Image source: GutundTasty / Pixabay}

I especially love pasta as comfort food in the fall and winter when the weather turns colder, so I think World Pasta Month is perfectly situated in October. It’s a great time to fill up with some delicious pasta dishes!

One of my favorite places for Italian food is Buca di Beppo. They have great, authentic Italian cuisine, and the ambiance in the restaurant is always fun with their eclectic, vintage setting!

We have made some special memories at Buca di Beppo enjoying dinner together with the extended family. Buca’s family-style dishes make it easy to dine together as a large group.

During October, Buca di Beppo has a special Create Your Own Pasta Bowl experience in its restaurants in honor of World Pasta Month. It’s a fun way to personalize your meal! You can order your favorite pasta and sauce combination for the ultimate personal pasta bowl experience.

Buca makes it easy to create your perfect pasta bowl.

  • First, you pick your pasta. Will it be spaghetti, linguine, penne, rigatoni or cavatappi?
  • Next, select your sauce. Choose from marinara, alfredo, garlic olive oil, rosa, pesto or meat sauce.
  • Choose up to three veggies. You have a choice of diced roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, green peas or sliced red onions.
  • Pick a protein for your dish. Do you prefer chicken, prosciutto, meatballs, spicy sausage or mild sausage?
  • Season it the way you like, and then enjoy your personalized pasta bowl!

There are so many possible combinations for your own perfect meal at Buca di Beppo!

While you’re there, be sure to take part in Buca’s #PastaSelfie Sweepstakes! You can enter for a daily chance to win a $100 Buca di Beppo gift card. Just snap a picture of your Create Your Own Pasta Bowl dish or your favorite pasta dish and share it on Instagram. Use #pastaselfie #sweepstakes and tag @bucadibeppo on Instagram. See the Buca di Beppo website for the official #PastaSelfie Sweepstakes rules.

You also have a chance to enter right here for a free Buca di Beppo gift card giveaway!

Buca di Beppo Create Your Own Pasta Bowl Giveaway

Buca is a great location for date night, family meals, or even a large celebration! It’s not too soon to start thinking about special holiday events, and Buca is a fun spot for holiday parties. Or you can have them cater and bring the authentic Italian cuisine to you!

In celebration of World Pasta Month, what’s YOUR your favorite pasta dish or recipe?

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Encourage kids at school with fun, free lunchbox printables

Looking for free lunchbox printables to encourage your child during school?

I’m happy to share my first free lunchbox printable designs with you here!

Free lunchbox printablesEach new school year I start off with good intentions to tuck sweet notes in my kids’ lunch boxes.  Somewhere along the way I find myself forgetting about it or running out of time in the morning rush to get out the door.

Last year near the end of the school year my daughter looked at me with a sad face and asked why I never put notes in her lunch anymore.  It’s definitely a first world problem, but I don’t want to let her down!

This year I’m trying to keep up with lunchbox notes all year long.  It’s a nice personal touch at lunchtime to encourage kids for the rest of the school day.

I’ve found the best way to make sure the lunchbox notes happen is to have them prepared ahead of time.  When I work ahead, it also helps make them more interesting than just scribbling “have a good day” on a note at the last minute in the morning!

My boys have aged out of the lunchbox note stage so I just have to have them ready for one child now.  I should be able to handle that!

I recently designed my first batch of lunchbox printables and tested them out on my daughter.  She liked them, so now I’m sharing them here with you.  I’ll admit, they’re a little corny, but it’s the thought that counts, right?!

These free lunchbox printables are designed for the upper elementary age group.  The PDF prints nine little lunch box designs with a little room on each one for a personal note if you want.  It is very handy to cut them all out and have them ready!

Free lunchbox printables

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I hope you and your child enjoy these free lunchbox printables!

Want more designs?  I have nine more free lunchbox printables available.

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