Designer-Inspired Halloween T-Shirts

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Another holiday, another chance to blow $5 on Halloween t-shirts at Old Navy or Target or Walmart or whatever.

But you know me—that’s $30 bucks I’d rather not shell out. Plus, I love the idea of making my own designs and using up my never-ending fabric stash.


Besides, how could you not want to make your own when you have ridiculously cute crocheted flowers like these to work with?


I scored these beauties a few weeks ago at a bloggers meet-up from the awesome ladies at Riley Blake Designs. As soon as I saw them I knew they’d be perfect for Halloween sewing.

You’ll love how easy it is to make your own tees inspired by favorite prints, fabrics or clothes already in the closet—a perfectly coordinated outfit that comes together in 15 minutes flat.

Want to make your own?

To make this project you’ll need:


As for the actual shirt designs, I looked no further than the RBD catalog and fell in love with this fun Halloween print.

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I loved the ghost and skeleton and made up a pattern to match. (Although I can’t wait to make the owl, spider and bat next!) And if I wasn’t in the middle of my THRIVE challenge, I would so be making matching skirts out of this fabric for both my girls.


I used plain ‘ol shirts as the base, cut my Halloween shapes out of scrap t-shirt material and just straight stitched around the edge.

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And the best part is that you can use shirts that have existing designs. I just pinned right over top of this bird and stitched away—no interfacing, no fusible webbing, no ripping out a bunch of embroidery.

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I wanted the little faces to match the fabric as much as possible so I cut out the eyes and mouth with an craft knife, traced the design with my nicest glue BIC pen …


… and then carefully painted over the pen marks using the only black paint I had on hand: interior latex satin paint.

100_4264(Yeah, wasn’t actually kidding about using house paint peeps. Rock What Ya Got., huh? :)

Flowers were hand switched in place after the paint was dry.

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Kid #3 loves hers and is already plotting which homemade tights to wear with her new Halloween digs tomorrow.

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Right now she’s leaning towards skull/green flower shirt + black skirt + Dr. Gru tights + Wizard of Oz shoes.  Oh boy.

So there you go! Have fun making your own Halloween tees to match your favorite skirts, pants or fabric prints!



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  1. That is so cute! Great idea! Love the matching hair pin! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Neek! I just pinned this to my pinterest board..I hope you don't mind! I just thought maybe this was something more mama's might be interested in!!!!

  3. These make for a successful HAPPY Halloween...I'm not crazy about the SCARY Halloween stuff out there. And why not use house paint on clothes?'s nearly impossible to get out of your favorite t-shirt you wore when you were going to carefully touch up the paint in the bathroom.

  4. Seriously cute! And thanks for sharing the link to that fabric- my mind is spinning now....

    Another great job!

  5. I LOVE the idea of the be-ribboned skull and ghost. Such a cute cute idea, as always. Hope your fall and back to school are going really well!

  6. Ahhh!!! These are so stinking cute, I have to make some! Thanks for sharing :D


  7. These are so cute! I love the pattern you used! They crochet flowers look adorable. Nice BIC pen too! :) I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog:

  8. I really wish that i would have grabbed some Halloween colored flowers! These shirts are absolutely darling and it makes me wish that I could sew! Darling Nike! Absolutely fab!

  9. So cute! Love the little models, too!

  10. Love! I'd love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Link Party!

  11. how freaking adorable!...i so want the skull shirt!...

  12. I, too LOVE your little skull!!!
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  13. this is too cute! thank you for sharing!

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  14. These are so cute! I love the flower embellishment. I'd love to have you link up with Creative Me Monday this week! Here's the link:

    Hope to see you there!

  15. They are adorable..Would love for you to share at my link party "Creative Halloween Ideas"

  16. I love this! You´ve just inspired me to make a mexican version for my latin kiddos with sugar skulls! Greetings from Mexico!

  17. Fabulous idea! These are super cute. Thanks for the great instructions and inspiration.

  18. These are so cute! And I love the whole rock what ya got mentality.

    I'd love for you to share this idea at my Monster Mash Bash Halloween link party!

    Hope to see you there!

  19. I really like the skull with the crochet flower embellishment.

  20. I liked the t-shirt so much, I made one for myself! I showed the picture on my blog and linked back to yours. Hope that's ok... Thank you for sharing the idea with us!

  21. Very very cute! I like that you used fabric from other clothes at home. I've been doing this more and more. The flowers really soften up the scariness of the skulls. Great job!!


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