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Saturday, October 27, 2012

DIY Creeping Spider T-shirt

It's confession time and after seeing how popular Halloween is, year after year, with the crafting world, I almost hate to say it out loud.  I'm not a big fan of Halloween.  There, I said it.  It's really not that I'm a lame, no fun kinda girl.  I'm a former Elementary school teacher for Pete's sake.  I find standing up in front of 30+ children and singing or acting flamboyant while reading children's books aloud is fun.  I do enjoy watching the children dress up and I'm all for decorating the house.  The thing is . . . I don't really enjoy dressing myself up.  Don't get me wrong.  I do, every year.  But I have to admit, it's for my children.  Because who wants their child to think their mom's a no fun lame-o.

diy creeping spider shirt

So, if you're like me (I know you're out there.  I can't be the only one?  Right?) here's a way to get around the whole costume thing, without being the boring parent who won't join in the fun.

I give you, the creeping spider shirt. Supporting the holiday without having to break out the face paint or a crazy hat. I actually made this one a few years ago when I was newly pregnant with K and not feeling at all like squeezing my constantly sick self into a costume.

And it takes no time at all to make.  Simply grab a white t-shirt, copy a nice spider graphic over and over again to cover a Word document, insert printable fabric paper into your copier and print.

Once the ink has dried, cut those bad boys into the arrangement of your desire and pin onto your t-shirt in a creepy, crawly pattern and applique onto the shirt.

creeping spider shirt

It's as simple as that.  A subtle, creep out that allows you to support the holiday without going all out.  It also make a great last minute costume, just in case you've forgotten (in the whirlwind that is organizing and/or sewing your children's costumes) to think of something for yourself.

And who knows, it may really startle someone to see all of those spiders creeping up your body.

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  1. I'm with you. This is a great idea. I'm going to file it for future! We are actually attending a Halloween party this year *wince* I was grumbling away while sewing Waldo and Wenda hats last night- but really this has also been really low commitment!


  2. See, I'm the same way. I just don't like creepy, crawling whatevers! In fact, I had to scroll past your shirt photos and the other 5 blogs with creepy spider stuff on them to even comment! haha!

  3. i love this shirt!! i usually really love halloween and can't wait to get the decorations out and get the sewing done but this year i am not feeling it. i know it is the pregnancy and that i will hopefully get all into it next year. But i haven't felt like dressing up the last couple of years either, i think i might be getting older and crabbier LOL!

  4. This is adorable! It's so simple, but it's really cute if you don't want to do the whole costume thing.

  5. So fun! I love how simple it was to make too :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! Happy Halloween!


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