My son is transferring to another preschool in a week and we’re all really sad to leave his teachers in the old school behind. Fortunately, my daughter will be starting there at the same time my son is leaving so I’ll still get to see them occasionally for at least another year. His teachers have been really wonderful and we wanted to make them something nice to show them how awesome we think they are. I came across this post a while ago on Skip To My Lou for a DIY cap for a male teacher with a superhero logo on the front and the words “I Teach.” and just plain text in the back that says, “What’s your superpower?” I was so in love with this idea but, I didn’t think my son’s teachers (all female — some older) would care to wear a cap as much as they would a t-shirt so I looked up the cost of how to have the t-shirts made (yikes!) and decided to make them myself.
I started by making a superhero logo and text as an image in GIMP (free Photoshop-like image editor) and I then purchased some nice plain cotton fitted t-shirts for women at about $5 each at Target. After reviewing many iron-on transfer sheet products, I decided on the Avery 3279 Dark Fabric Transfers because it seemed pretty unanimous that so long as you used the product exactly as specified in the instructions, that the transfers would come out great. The only snag I ran into was there didn’t seem to be an easy way to print out and just iron the “What is your superpower?” text on the back of the shirt without putting it on a background first so I decided to put the text on a simple oval background. Once I had the images, all I had to do was print them on the transfer paper (after printing test pages on regular paper first, of course), trim the transfers, remove the backing (which ended up being the most difficult part of the process) and ironed them onto the t-shirts.
I also added a little heart next to the sizing information on the inside of the shirt with my son’s name so they would remember who gave it to them.
The last and final step, according to the transfer instructions, is to wash them inside out to ensure they don’t bleed. This was a super simple project and I love how they came out! I hope the teachers do too. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.