Well actually this is the only item of clothing that I have ever made for a boy. So I guess logically that would make it the coolest, of course that would also make it the lamest thing I have ever made for a boy. For this post though I am sticking with coolest because my 10 year old son loves it and 10 year old boys never, ever, ever care about clothing, TRUST ME. Anyway the challenge for project run and play this week was sewing for boys and since I have never done it before I thought I would give it a try. I don’t often sew for my son because one, he really doesn’t care, and two my sister has twin boys a couple years older than him so he has more clothes than he could ever wear. So one night as I was laying in bed trying to sleep a great idea popped into my head, does anyone else get all their great ideas when they are falling asleep? Anyway I digress, I had the idea to make him a shirt with a word search on it. A while ago I found this website called puzzle maker where you enter all the words you want on your wordsearch then the website makes the wordsearch for you. So I entered all of my sons favorite things ie. friends names, favorite subject, sports, books, etc. and made a puzzle. Then I cut out some white muslin and pretreated it in a solution I found on this blog. I tapped the paper to a piece of cardstock then printed the puzzle onto the paper. Next I heat set it with my iron on low heat. Then I found one of the many shirts my son has with a stain on the front of it and just sewed the fabric wordsearch onto it. At this point it just looked like a shirt with a bunch of random letters on it. So I pulled out my trusty red sharpy and circled a couple of the words and it was perfect!
He LOVES this shirt. Right after I took the pictures he took it off because he didn’t want it to get dirty so he could wear it to school the next day, this from the kid who would wear his pajamas to school and not even notice, really I have to remind him to get dressed every day. Then at breakfast this morning he said his neck hurt from staring down at his shirt and trying to find all the words. It is even better because I didn’t tell him what all the words were so each time he reads it he knows there is something else I know about him that is special. Sappy I know, but hey, that is motherhood :).