March 02, 2021

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DIY St. Patricks Day Shamrock Tee For Dolls

Finding something green to wear for St. Patrick’s Day was always a challenge for me growing up - I just didn’t have a lot of green in my wardrobe. My dolls suffer the same plight, so I decided this year to make something they could totally rock on St. Patty’s Day - A custom Shamrock painted tee! You can do this craft for any size doll, with any size shamrock, multiple shamrocks, or any other shape or design!

Freezer paper is an amazing supply to have in your craft room! Making your own stencils or resists can get addicting, plus you can use it to make appliqués, quilt paper piecing, and so many more things!

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Supplies:
•Doll tee shirt, any color, but green is a good choice!
•Freezer paper
•Scissors
•X-Acto or craft knife
•Self-healing cutting mat (if you don’t have one of these, you can substitute a few layers of cardboard)
•Green craft paint
•Yellow craft paint (optional)
•Small foam stencil brush or paint brush
•Scrap cardboard
•Iron and ironing board
•Computer and printer (not required but will make it easier)



Step 1:  We want to get our shamrock shape onto the freezer paper. You can easily draw one, but I used my computer. I found a clip-art shamrock shape, sized it to 1.5 inches tall, and printed it onto the freezer paper! You can do this by first cutting your freezer paper to the size of a piece of computer paper, then put it in the paper tray so that it prints on the wax side of the freezer paper. If you print on the paper side, the wax side is likely to jam up your printer. Ask me how I know. ;-) I printed four shamrocks on my paper in case I messed one up, or in this case, since I wanted more than one on my shirt.

Step 2:  Cut out your shamrock! Use your X-Acto knife and your self-healing mat, or again, you can put a few layers of cardboard underneath to protect your table. Save your cut out shapes because we are going to use them in a minute!



Step 3:  Put your shirt on your doll and find where you want your shamrock(s), using straight pins to keep them in place. I would do this even if you are only putting one shamrock on your shirt - it often looks best a placed a little higher than true center. 



Step 4:  Next, trim around the shamrock stencil you created so it is more manageable - mine was trimmed to about 3 inches by 3 inches. Using the pinned on shamrock as your guide, place the stencil wax side down onto your doll shirt. Heat your iron to the cotton setting and turn off the steam. Iron on your stencil for 5-15 seconds, until you have a good clean seal on your design.


Step 5:  Cut a piece of scrap cardboard to put under your shirt to keep the paint from passing through and put it under your shirt. Now we get to paint! 

Use your paint or stencil brush to dab on the green paint. Don’t make it thick; you want to *just* use enough paint to cover the fabric, not overwhelm it. I found that once my first coat dried it looked a little splotchy so I did a second coat.  Once the paint has dried thoroughly, simply peel off the stencil. You can reuse this one for your second shamrock, but make sure the paint on it is completely dry before you do so that you do not get paint on your iron. Using your second pinned on shamrock as guide, repeat steps 4 and 5 to finish painting the shamrocks.

 

Step 6:  This one is optional, but I found it gave my shirt that little something extra to make the design “pop”. Once your green paint is dry, use the end of your paint brush and dip it in the yellow paint, then use this to add yellow dots all the way around the shamrocks, as in my photo. Repeat for the second shamrock and you are done! 

 

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100 Comments

Rabbit
Rabbit

March 08, 2021

Matching t-shirt and tote bag stencil for my doll’s summer fun!

Cheri
Cheri

March 07, 2021

I would make this for my 18" doll. Thanks so much for the tutorial….it’s so cute

Jo
Jo

March 07, 2021

I think this idra would work great on the border of a skirt or dress. I’m certainly going to try it.

Gracie
Gracie

March 06, 2021

Awww this is so cute! Will definitely have to try this!

Carmen C. McDonald
Carmen C. McDonald

March 06, 2021

This shirt has “Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach!” (“Kiss me, I’m Irish!”) written all over it! Thank you for the tutorial!

Diane R
Diane R

March 05, 2021

I would make this for my red head Tonner doll.

Monya
Monya

March 05, 2021

I would make this tee for my AG dolls but probably not by St. Paddy’s Day so I will use this awesome idea for another shape!

Kathy
Kathy

March 05, 2021

I would make this cute T-shirt for the doll that my Grandkids play with when they come to visit. They enjoy her so much!

Sharon
Sharon

March 05, 2021

Such a cute shirt!. Will make one for an 18 inch doll!

Deborah
Deborah

March 05, 2021

I’ll be doing this shamrock tee shirt for my granddaughter’s 18 inch doll

Piroska
Piroska

March 05, 2021

I would make 2 for my granddaughter’s 2 AG dolls.

Dellasue
Dellasue

March 05, 2021

I would make it for April!

Joanne
Joanne

March 05, 2021

I think for my Wellie. A heart is pretty simple to start with. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Linda M.
Linda M.

March 05, 2021

I love the idea of the shamrocks. Would probably do some smaller ones for Wellie dolls. Thank You!

Dotti G
Dotti G

March 05, 2021

I would like to try making an Easter tee since I know I won’t get a shamrock done in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Greta
Greta

March 05, 2021

Samantha would love one of these shirts. Thank you

Eileen
Eileen

March 05, 2021

Such a cute idea! I will make one for my granddaughter’s doll and one for my AG doll too.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

March 05, 2021

I would make my Samantha 18" doll this T shirt.

Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith

March 05, 2021

I would make one for my friend’s daughter’s doll…

Janet P.
Janet P.

March 05, 2021

this is so cute! I need to gt moving if I want to get finished by the 17th!

I am also eager to try out the freebie pattern offered this Friday – looks just like what my girls like!

Sharon B.
Sharon B.

March 05, 2021

Love the freezer paper stencil idea! The possibilities are endless – will definitely try this for an American Girl pattern.

Judy
Judy

March 05, 2021

I will make this tee for the American Girl doll. A very cute idea. Thanks

Jacquie Corrigan
Jacquie Corrigan

March 05, 2021

This is such a fun project! I think I’ll do one for my
Granddaughter’s wellie wisher.

Patti R
Patti R

March 05, 2021

Thank you for sharing! Great idea instead of appliqué!

Frances T
Frances T

March 05, 2021

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. Thanks for sharing it!

Kathleen
Kathleen

March 05, 2021

For my granddaughter’s American Girl doll.

Marcy Mahle
Marcy Mahle

March 05, 2021

Cute idea. Also thinking would be fun to trace out Shamrock on Fabric or Felt and appique to shirt.

Kathleen Rowley
Kathleen Rowley

March 05, 2021

I will make the shamrock tee with my granddaughter! Love the idea of holiday wear. Go Irish!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

March 05, 2021

I would make a tee for my AG dolls! I’m not sure what I would put on it though…

Shirley
Shirley

March 05, 2021

I love this little shamrock tee! I can’t wait to make it with my granddaughter.

Rita
Rita

March 05, 2021

I love this shamrock t-shirt tutorial! Will be making some for my granddaughters and their dolls, since we are Irish👍 Thank you for the opportunity to win the gift card!

Barbara
Barbara

March 05, 2021

I will make one for my new Irish girl, red-haired, green-eyed Truly Me #61!

Mary
Mary

March 05, 2021

I love the Shamrock Tee for my granddaughters 18" doll

Kim
Kim

March 05, 2021

I usually make things for Our Generation 18” dolls but I think I’ll be adding well-being wishers and glitter girls to my projects now. One of my little ones now play with them.

Pat
Pat

March 05, 2021

Will make a tee for a 18" doll with a 60s Peace Sign…to go with her bell bottom pants.

Carol
Carol

March 05, 2021

I’m making one for Hearts to Hearts doll. Thanks for tip on using clip art.

Lori
Lori

March 05, 2021

This is so cute! I will make several tee shirts for my AG dolls.

sheila
sheila

March 05, 2021

I will make a tee for both AG and WW dolls. looks like fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

Terry
Terry

March 05, 2021

I would make matching ones for multiple sizes of dolls. This is a great way to embellish. I love the shamrock idea for St. Patrick’s Day.

Karin
Karin

March 05, 2021

I will make it for each of the AG doll and clones that I have gifted through my church over the last couple of years. One of the ladies who works at the church school knows which little girls have been the recipients (I do this anonymously) so she will know who to give them to.

Oksana
Oksana

March 05, 2021

I would make this tee for Gotz doll

Patricia
Patricia

March 05, 2021

I will make the Tee for my American Girl of the Year 2015 Grace. It is SEW CUTE.

Marlene
Marlene

March 05, 2021

I’d make one for my niece’s American Girl doll and one for Molly in my collection.

Leighanne K
Leighanne K

March 05, 2021

I love all of these tutorials, so cute!

Sandra L
Sandra L

March 05, 2021

A bit of advice first never us this method with a laser printer.

This is so cute and easy to do. I think I will create matching shirts (not t-shirts) for an AG & my new RedRuby Fashion dolls .Now to find a image of shamrocks but I want tiny/small ones.

Rachel
Rachel

March 05, 2021

Saige would look cute in this Irish t-shirt

ginger
ginger

March 05, 2021

I’m Irish-so I guess this is a great idea, I could even do this for me!

Rhonda
Rhonda

March 05, 2021

I will make a couple for my 5yo daughter’s AG, OG and MLA dolls. I may even make one for her to match the dolls.

Judy P
Judy P

March 05, 2021

I will be making for my American girl doll. Love the shamrock design!

Barb
Barb

March 05, 2021

I will make this T-shirt for all my granddaughters American Girl dolls and Bitty babies. They will love to put paint and glitter on the shamrocks and be very helpful. Thank you for the great ideas and all you do for everyone.

Diana M
Diana M

March 05, 2021

I would make it for all of my granddaughters 18" American girl dolls.

France
France

March 05, 2021

I like the technic.

Marsha
Marsha

March 05, 2021

I would make it for one of my AG dolls.

Jane
Jane

March 05, 2021

I would love to see this t-shirt on my granddaughter’s boy doll.

Meg
Meg

March 05, 2021

For my American Girl doll clones.

Shaphan Bouchard
Shaphan Bouchard

March 05, 2021

I would make this for my Camille WellieWisher.

Rosemary
Rosemary

March 05, 2021

Great tutorial & I love my Freezer Paper for printing patterns onto, so I can iron them onto my fabric w/out needing pins. Thanks, aleksandrajones!

Sandra Nixon
Sandra Nixon

March 05, 2021

Great ideas. Love your patterns.

Kitty
Kitty

March 05, 2021

Excellent instructions! Even though I’m not a gifted artist I could use clip art to create any design. Thanks!

Anne
Anne

March 05, 2021

I would make this for my granddaughter – she has an American Girl Doll. This is so cute.

Sherry
Sherry

March 05, 2021

I will make it for my granddaughters 18” dolls.

Charissa Deuser
Charissa Deuser

March 05, 2021

Probably make it for the 18 doll but hope to put it on a dress with shamrock skirt

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

March 05, 2021

I would make this shirt for my granddaughter’s 18 in dolls

c
c

March 04, 2021

I am making clothing for an 18" BFC Ink doll. This is an adorable shirt!

c
c

March 04, 2021

I am sewing for an 18" BFC Ink doll. This t-shirt is really cute! I have made other garments for this doll as well!

Sharon Emily Reynolds
Sharon Emily Reynolds

March 04, 2021

I would make one of these tees with the shamrocks on it for my granddaughter’s 18 inch american girl doll. It is adorable!

kathy m
kathy m

March 04, 2021

I will make on for my 18 inch doll looks easy to make in any design too thanks cinnamon for great tips

Diane
Diane

March 04, 2021

Kit would love a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt and your instructions look easy enough that even I can do it. Thank you!

Kimberly Williams
Kimberly Williams

March 04, 2021

I will probably make the painted tee for my granddaughters our generation dolls.

Sparkle
Sparkle

March 04, 2021

I will make the T-shirt for my 18" dolls. It could be easily adapted for almost any holiday. Cute idea!

Lorrie
Lorrie

March 04, 2021

AG Kit, RRFF Bella, and BFC dolls will all get tees. I think I will try this with numbers for sport jerseys.

Jackie
Jackie

March 03, 2021

It would be so cool to use that method to put comedy and tragedy masks on tee shirts for my Kidz n Cats, who want to be puppeteers.

Jackie Pitts
Jackie Pitts

March 03, 2021

I could make that Tee shirt for Sasha. Or for my friend’s Fashion Friend. Or maybe for my sister’s AG because March 17 is her birthday.

Jo
Jo

March 03, 2021

I would make shamrock t shirt for my granddaughter’s WellieWishers doll.
Cute for St Patrick’s Day☘️

Leanna
Leanna

March 03, 2021

American girl is going to get a Tee and a pair of capris with shamrocks sprinkled!

Gail
Gail

March 03, 2021

I would make a shirt for each of my girls American Girl dolls.

Bobbi
Bobbi

March 03, 2021

i would like to make a shamrock shirt for the Ruby Red Fashion Friend that I don’t have yet. Every doll needs to come home to new clothes.

Sandra Atkin
Sandra Atkin

March 03, 2021

I’m going to make my shamrock t-shirt for my Luciana Vega doll. She has a skirt that this will look really cute with. Thank you for the opportunities and patterns you offer.

Heather Mclaughlin
Heather Mclaughlin

March 03, 2021

This looks easy and fun. One caution though. Don’t put freezer paper in a laser printer. I haven’t done it but I knew someone that did. They wax side will melt and mess up your printer. This is for ink jet printers only.

Karla B.
Karla B.

March 03, 2021

This is such a cute idea. I’ve painted adult T’s before, but the use of the freezer paper as a stencil is a great idea. Can’t wait to try this.

Ellen
Ellen

March 03, 2021

A really neat technique! Thank you for the tutorial. I think could be adapted for other holidays. I would make this for my great-niece and her AG dolls.

Terri  silva
Terri silva

March 03, 2021

Julie AG

Dee Read
Dee Read

March 03, 2021

I will be making a Shamrock T-Shirt for my granddaughter’s Jacquie Newberry doll. I know she will love it because I will make her a T-shirt to match.

Connie Lancaster
Connie Lancaster

March 03, 2021

Really cute! 18” doll. I might make a rainbow shamrock combo!

Beth C
Beth C

March 03, 2021

I love making tees for American Girl, Hearts 4 Hearts and Barbie!

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

March 03, 2021

I think my AG Samantha would love this tee. :o)

Jackie
Jackie

March 03, 2021

Shamrock Tee for my Granddaughter’s My Generation Doll.

sharon
sharon

March 03, 2021

my American girl doll needs a shamrock shirt. maybe a pink bunny for Easter too

Vicki
Vicki

March 03, 2021

I am sewing for RRFF, Wellie Wisher sized dolls right now. The little shamrock T is a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

Maryann
Maryann

March 03, 2021

I would make a shamrock tee for Mary Ellen.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

March 03, 2021

Great tutorial & I love my Freezer Paper for printing patterns onto, so I can iron them onto my fabric w/out needing pins. I plan to make a shamrock t-shirt for my red-headed 18" doll, Avery. Thanks, aleksandrajones!

Elaine
Elaine

March 03, 2021

These are so cute and can be adapted for so many things. Maybe a bunny for Easter?

Carmelita
Carmelita

March 03, 2021

Always like patterns and ideas for the season. This one is really cute.

Laurie
Laurie

March 03, 2021

Thanks for the tutorial! I will try a shamrock for the 18" doll.

Helen
Helen

March 03, 2021

I wil be making them for my 18" doll. I like to make a new outfit for each holiday.

Les
Les

March 03, 2021

The tutorial is wonderful! My 18 inch dolls, Maryanne (MA) and Marisol (Engel Puppe) have a surfeit of plain t-shirts. I am not sure I want to try this for my smaller dolls.

Janet
Janet

March 03, 2021

I need to make 5 of them….

Mary
Mary

March 03, 2021

My AG doll, Emily (Bennett) with her reddish hair will look so pretty in green.

Debra
Debra

March 03, 2021

This is such a cool idea! I think I will have to make these for the littles in my life and their dolls. Thanks for the suggestion.

Helena
Helena

March 03, 2021

Thank you for the tutorial! I’ll make shamrock tees for all my redhead girls .

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