We kinda, sorta missed a couple kids’ birthdays while in France, so we did a little late celebrating this past week. Liam turn 11 (ELEVEN!!! How did we get here??) this month and I’m absolutely in love with the little man he’s becoming. Now that we’ve figured out his stomach problems, he’s such a pleasant, sweet kid with a hilarious sense of humor.
He’s also completely obsessed with Harry Potter and has now read the entire series through FOUR times! That’s dedication, man. I decided to make him a fun HP-themed shirt for his birthday and this is what we came up with.
Actually, we had about a billion and one other ideas first, but kinda ran into an old “paralysis by analysis” scenario and finally went with the absolute simplest idea we had! (another front runner was making two shirts, each with a wand pointed sideways and red and blue sparks coming out…so when he and Toby stood next to each other, it’d be like they were Harry and Voldemort battling! But that required more artistic skill than I currently possess.)
For the shirt pattern, I just used size XXS of my Alcoy dress pattern, raised the front neckline, and made the shape a little boxier instead of form-fitting. It worked great! Next time I think I’ll lengthen the sleeves a tad and maybe still lower the front neckline just a tidge.
If you’ve never painted fabric before, you’re in for a treat! It’s so easy and really fun. I usually try to use fabric paint when possible, but if I don’t have the right color, I just mix regular acrylic craft paint with fabric medium (available at most art and craft stores) and then it works just like fabric paint. Don’t forget to heat seal the paint before washing, by either pressing with a hot iron for several minutes, or putting it in the dryer for about 30 minutes.
Voila. A ridiculously easy, personalized and unique birthday gift!
If you’ve also got some HP obsessions going on at your house, check out Raegun Ramblings huge Harry Potter giveaway and blog series here! There are so many cute and creative HP ideas for every fan!