From Drawing To T-Shirt {simple custom DIY}

My friend and neighbor asked me to help with a little creative task a couple of months ago… Creative, you say? Tell me more!

drawing to shirt image scan

She was involved with Zipping For Autism, a local canopy tour fundraiser. She ran over an image to me created by a person with autism. My friend’s “Team Disney” wanted to incorporate this image into some DIY team shirts.

drawing to shirt fonts

So the first thing I did was scan in the drawing. Then I went to one of my favorite sites for free fonts: I searched “Disney” and–wouldn’t you know–I found a perfect free font right off the bat!

drawing to shirt set up 1

My next step was to [install my font and] insert the drawing scan image into a Word file. I added the wording in the new Waltograph font as an arched WordArt curving across the top.

drawing to shirt set up 2

I flipped the image to fit better (so that Donald Duck didn’t have the tail of the “y” covering his face).

drawing to shirt set up 3

Then I added the rest of the team/event info as another WordArt block.

drawing to shirt zipping for autism team

And it was that simple! My friend printed the design onto iron-on transfer paper and ironed it onto her team’s shirts, huzzah! [Tip: Since the design was set up on my computer and printed from hers, I saved the file as a PDF so nothing would shift and the wording would still open even if she happened not to have the “Waltograph” font installed in her computer.]

drawing to shirt zipping for autism

This was an easy project for a great cause. It was fun to be involved even in a very small way. Wheeeeee! [You know I’m all about the “wheeeee,” but maybe ZIP-edee-doodaaaaaaaaaaah would be a more appropriate exclamation for this Zipping For Autism project?!]

I’m thinking this project could be a really cute Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or grandparents’ gift idea, right?! And after just having finished compiling seven years’ worth of memory books, I can think of more than a couple of my cute kids’ cute drawings and scrawled “I love you mommy” notes I’d like to wear myself!


In other news, were YOU the winner of the aqua and magenta scripture art?? GO SEE!!

LINK Aqua & Magenta Scripture Art {and a giveaway}

And you might like these other DIY shirt ideas…

LINK how to make a diy birthday age shirt

LINK easy diy costume authentic police officer uniform

LINK diy mini cheer uniform {easy iron on embellishment}

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