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House Shirts

When I posted about the wizard hats I made, I promised to share our house shirts as well. Clearly, I need to write things down, because I forgot! My kids have loved Harry Potter for years, we’ve had several themed Potter parties, family movie nights, and the ultimate experience at Universal Orlando. We are Potterheads. Being sorted in to our houses has resulted in a lot of family squabbling…TheRebel was a long time Gryffindor, and when she joined Pottermore she found out she was actually a Slytherin. So, that called for a change of her house colors. Sloth discovered that while he always considered himself a Hufflepuff, he was sorted in to Gryffindor. I am and always will be a Hufflepuff. Hubs has varied a few times on Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but the latest sorting quiz placed him with me.

This made for quite an interesting dynamic at the park. The cast members were so great about not only recognizing our girl on her birthday, but also our hats and shirts. We got many, many comments on her being the only Slytherin in a house of Puffs! One cast member went above and beyond. We were in Ollivander’s when he struck up a conversation with hubs. He loved our hats and when he was told I made them, he was speechless. He pointed at our shirts and hubs nodded that I had made those too. He then noticed TheRebel’s birthday pin and escorted us to the front of the line to ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. Seriously, we felt like celebrities. It was just one of the amazing experiences we had in the Wizarding World. If you love Harry Potter and you get a chance to go- do it! You will not be disappointed.

Now, on to the shirts. These were not fancy shirts. I wanted a shirt for everyone that basically said what house they were in and had the mascot/ crest. I also decided that I would put everyone’s year on the shirt. Everyone knows that eleven year olds are first years, so that is what Sloth had on his shirt. TheRebel is a third year and hubs and I were alumni. That little detail just made out shirts a little more unique. I bought myself and TheRebel shirts at Target. Florida is hot and humid, so these were lightweight shirts, hers a green, mine a mustard yellow (which I LOVE). Hubs and Sloth I bought plain mens t-shirts, grey and black; although Sloth also got a yellow shirt because I felt the black one might have been a touch small.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and its associated software to design my shirts. The house crests I actually found on Etsy and purchased the cut files. I also purchased a Harry Potter inspired font. Then it was a simple matter of designing my shirt and setting it up to be cut. My sister in law had a heat press she let me borrow (which is now boarding with us for a while because she is awesome and is letting me use it, YAY!) which I used to stick the vinyl to my shirts. I pre-washed all my shirts before adding vinyl. I also chose to use Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl over others, it has produced very consistent results for me. I haven’t had any issues with my designs peeling up even with some smaller design elements. I credit this to the great settings indicated on the Siser website and the use of the heat press.

If you use a Cricut or heat transfer vinyl, I highly suggest Siser. It’s fantastic and so far has met all my expectations. I made these shirts at the end of September and they are worn fairly often. This method of t-shirt making is hands down easier than my previous method of freezer paper stencils and paint. You can follow the links below the pictures if you want to purchase the items I recommend.


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Wizard Hats

In October we finally made our trip to Disney World and Universal. It was originally planned for April, but the hubby’s spinal fusion changed plans. We knew we would be celebrating our oldest turning 14 the first day of our trip. She happens to be a giant Harry Potter fan- like her mother. I did what any self respecting diy-er does two weeks before the trip, I made wizard hats.

What? That’s not what you’d do?! I had a grand scheme that they would be a secret project and they’d be both cool and help keep the sun off of us. I achieved both objectives thank you very much! Now, sewing for four people when they aren’t home can be a challenge when you’re kind of a messy person. I cleaned up about twenty minutes before my kids got off the bus for about a week.

I looked for several tutorials or patterns on the internet, but one was especially helpful. This one by Zab on YouTube was excellent. I used her formula to create templates for my hats. I used a stiff interface on both sides of the brim since I used fabric instead of felt. I didn’t take out as much of a chunk from the brim as she did and overall I LOVED these hats. My family was surprised and they were good sports about wearing them in the park. We got many comments on them and several people asked what shop we bought them from.

Nah. I made those. A fellow Crafter and I discussed them and she left with plans to make her own. I call that a triple win.

These are a simple project that can be completely personalized. I used our house colors and tomorrow I’ll share the shirts I made. Yup. Shirts too.