birthday t-shirts It’s baby’s 1st. Birthday! (Or any age for that matter).  Birthday T-Shirts make the day extra special and memorable!

I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of birthday t-shirts on Etsy and Pinterest.  You’ve probably considered buying one for your little one’s birthday.  I know my daughters and daughter-in-law do.

My grandchildren have a collection of Birthday T-Shirts, one for every year. They really do make the day extra special!  My daughter actually frames the birthday t-shirt, party invitation, and other memorabilia from that day in a shadow box which she hangs in her family room.  I think it’s a great way to mark the children’s milestones.

birthday t-shirtsWe usually get birthday shirts that are coordinated with the party theme.  Like these Bowling T-Shirts for Devon’s party at the bowling alley.  Here we used them as party favors too!  The kids loved them!

Now you make think that a personalized birthday t-shirt will cost you a pretty penny, and it can.  We’ve paid $25 or more for a white t-shirt that’s appliqued with the child’s name and age.

But it doesn’t have to cost much.  It’s easy to make your own, and you don’t even need to know how to sew or embroider!

Yes, you can take pretty much any t-shirt and turn it into a birthday t-shirt for $5 or less!  All it takes is a bit of your time and a trip to the craft store, or Walmart.

Here are a couple of Birthday T-shirts, and a Birthday dress I made for Jett who’s turning 3, and the twins who are turning 2.

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birthday t-shirtsThis is a shirt I purchased from Walmart.  It was one of the pack of Hanes undershirts.  The pack comes with 5 shirts for $7.97.  That’s less than $2 a shirt.

I cut out the Mickey Mouse ears, sheriff’s hat, letters, and number from fabric scraps on my Cricut Explore Air.  But if you don’t have a die cutting machine you can cut them out by hand.

I stabilized the fabric with Heat n’ Bond iron on adhesive.  This is a double sided fusible webbing you iron on to the applique and to the shirt.

If you use Heat n’ Bond you don’t have to stitch on the appliques.  In this case I stitched on everything but the number, so it took me a little more time.  If you don’t stitch it on it’s ok, but the edges will fray with multiple washings.

If you’re handy with the sewing machine you can embroider the letters and number too.  So this shirt cost me a grand total of about $2, but that’s because I had all the supplies.  Buying supplies will cost a bit more, but you’ll end up with extra to use for other occasions, like Halloween and Christmas!

Birthday t-shirtsFor the twins I made this dress and t-shirt.

I actually made them a couple of months ago, but they were too big.  When my daughter-in-law decided that we’d all be going to Aulani Disney Resort’s character buffet for their birthday she asked me to add the number 2 on them.

Again I found the shirts at Walmart.  They were on clearance for $2 each.  Like Jett’s shirt I stitched on the letters and mouse ears and ironed on the number with Heat n’ Bond.

The tank top became a dress when I added the ruffle.  I used a fat quarter for the ruffle, that cost me $1.11.  So these Birthday outfits ended up costing just a bit over $5 for both!

To learn how to make this dress click here!

Now if you don’t want to use fabric you can make your birthday t-shirts with iron on transfer paper!  That’s super easy!  All you need are transfer paper, scissors, a printer, and an iron.  No sewing involved!  I’ll show you some of the shirts I made using transfer paper next week!