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HAPPY Holidays — Make DIY Boutique Holiday Shirts with Free Templates!

Hello! I am Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls and I cannot even begin to tell you how honored I am to be crafting today on Tatertots and Jello. 


I feel like I am a guest on a fabulous talk show or something! Thank you Jen for including me in your Happy Holidays series.

On my blog, Crafty Texas Girls,
I chronicle my adventures in balancing motherhood, creativity, and a
small business. I love to share crafts, home decor ideas, and the in’s
and out’s of running an accessory/clothing line.


Today I want to share with you how to create an adorable Boutique Holiday shirt. It’s a high-end look with a low-end price!

To begin you will need the following supplies:

– Shirt or dress ($5)

– Shimmer Sheets (Tulip offers a pack of 4 for $14)

– Iron

– Scissors

– Template or pattern for design (free!)

– Paper Towel

I found my shirts at Hobby Lobby. The little tank dress, which I will layer over a long sleeve shirt or pair with a cute denim jacket, was originally only $8.99. And then of course I used my 40% off coupon, which made the price even better! The fitted t-shirt is actually a woman’s extra small. I like the cut of the shirt better than the boxy children’s shirts. Since it will be long on my first grade daughter, she can wear it like a tunic/dress with printed leggings.

1. Now for the shirt design, you can use any pattern you wish. Candy canes, snowflakes, snowmen, ginger bread men etc. I chose a reindeer silhouette and the profile of Santa Claus. Simply do an internet search for the image you are looking for and print it. You can find the reindeer pattern I used here and the Santa Claus pattern here. Both are free downloads from their respective sites. I free-handed my heart. And I used a stencil to create my letter “I”.

2. To cut the patterns exactly, trace the design on the shimmer sheet first. Or tape both the pattern and the shimmer sheet together and cut them at the same time. (If you have a fancy cutting machine, that will work too!) Once they were cut, I spaced out my images on the shirts, making sure they were straight and centered.

3. Finally, I placed a paper towel on top of the Shimmer sheet and began ironing.

The Shimmer sheets adhere easily to the shirts. Check the edges of the images to make sure they are secure. Re-iron where necessary.


My girls love their sparkly shirts. Happily, they look cute with things we already had in the closet- leggings and flats.

I dressed up our Old Navy leggings by adding these ruffle cuffs. Just ruffle up some fabric around a circle of elastic. Then you can slip the cuffs on and off easily to change the look of the legging without making any permanent changes.

You could also pair the shirts with a fluffy tutu-skirt for Holiday parties. I am happy that they were so easy to make and that I didn’t have to spend a lot of money on an outfit that will only be worn during December. This shirt idea works well for little guys and moms too!

Now that I see how simple these were to make, I already have ideas for personalizing more shirts for birthdays, favorite sports teams, and upcoming holidays. Thank you Jen for hosting today. Stop by Crafty Texas Girls to see all my ideas for Holiday decor, crafts and more!

Merry Christmas!


Samantha — you are so cute and funny!!

 I love those shirts!! And I adore your blog! 

Here are some of my favorites on Crafty Texas Girls

DIY Home Decor Ideas: Ruffled Lamp Shades

Holiday Inspiration: Christmas Decor 2012

Parties: Everything from a “Little Man Baby Shower” to “Glamping in Your Own Backyard


Finally, be sure to check out the new series “Dream a New Dream“.  Follow Samantha’s ‘leap of faith’ into that lead her to start a small business and find out how to turn your passion into profit. It is never too late to follow a dream!

You will love following along with  Crafty Texas Girls!!
HAPPY Holidays!! 
PS — I have a BUNCH of INCREDIBLE giveaways ending soon:
The $1,000 Wayfair.com Pinterest Gift List giveaway is ending soon.
Don’t miss out!
And, the KitchenAid giveaway ends tomorrow.
Get a $400 KitchenAid in ANY color shipped to you BEFORE Christmas!!
I love this!
You can plus in up to 8 devices on this little hotspot
It’s perfect for trips when you need internet too!
Whew!!!  So much Holiday Cheer!!
I can’t wait to see who wins all of these awesome prizes!! 


  1. Where did you find the shimmer sheets?

  2. So fun!! I love the glitter. My daughter Ella saw them and thought they were really cool. I need to make some :)

  3. So very cute!! Thanks for sharing it!


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