The “I Choo Choo Choose You” Tee

The Facts: “I Choo Choo Choose You T-Shirt”

Fabric: Red Bamboo/Organic Cotton/Lycra Blend
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3299
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Fusible stay tape for shoulders, thread
Time to complete: 14 hours
First worn: February 14th, 2012
Wear again? Absolutely
Total cost: $25

I had a piece of red bamboo jersey earmarked for a t-shirt for my husband.  He wears a LOT of t-shirts, but he’s very particular about fiber content and design so he likes the shirts I make for him.  When I mentioned the “Red” theme for Sew Weekly, he immediately blurted out “Can you do a “Choo Choo Choose You” stencil on the red t-shirt?

Of course I can try.  It’s a Simpson’s joke (he grew up on it).  I played with an image of the ill-fated Valentine card from the show to make the stencil.  It was pretty tricky to balance the light and dark lines, but I got there in the end.  I spent about five hours total cutting the stencil from freezer paper with a razor blade.  Then I ironed it onto the shirt and sprayed five or six thing coats of white over the stencil, allowing it to dry thoroughly between layers.  Once it dried completely, I peeled off the freezer paper (carefully- I can re-use it!) and covered the design with a press cloth while I set the paint with heat.  I don’t know if it makes a difference, but it’s worth trying, right?

We’re both quite pleased with how it turned out.  Our next collaborative project may involve a Day of the Dead koala (he works with koalas) or the Lorax.  I love that we have this small and regular collaboration in our lives.

Street Art T-Shirts Tutorial Part I

Street Art T-Shirts Tutorial Part II

Free downloadable .pdf stencil found here

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StephC

Stephanie mothers, writes, and teaches sewing in Brisbane, Australia. She blogs about sewing, drafting, vintage style and sustainability at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World.

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  1. eek I love this. My sisters and I grew up watching The Simpsons. I’m impressed with the homemade stencil too.

  2. now that’s a great t-shirt.

  3. Wow. The t-shirt looks amazing, and I am so impressed with your patience. 5 hours to cut out a stencil is admirable. Great job!

  4. This is so awesome! I have book marked your stencil as I have a friend who would love this!

  5. GEEKTASTIC! Love love love – it turned out so well!

  6. What an amazing gift and collaboration! Thanks for sharing the details of your process. I’ve used freezer paper stencils before, but I never thought of printing an image from the computer onto freezer paper.

  7. I commented on your blog, but have to here, too. Just love this! And can’t wait to see the Lorax collaboration. Or Dia de los Muertos Koala?! Hilarious.