Geek Projects: Custom Shirts

This post is in honor of my new favorite craft blogger: Natalie at Doodlecraft. Do not click her link until you are done with my post or else you get so engrossed that you will forget to come back here. Look at these adorable Doctor Who shoes she created! And these hand-stamped Doctor Who necklaces.

Through Natalie, I learned how to create the most amazing, creative, and CHEAP shirts. We went to our first ever Comic-Con last month and Samwise Gamgee, Sean Astin, yes the Sean Astin, told me that my shirt was awesome and that he loved it. He pointed out that he knew exactly what the reference meant. Sean Astin is a geek. Are you?


This is the shirt I made myself and wore to Comic Con. 


My son, dressed up as Doctor Eleven, and Sean Astin.

People were also coming up to my husband every few minutes to say how much they loved his shirt. You can find this stencil on Doodlecraft.

Star Wars : Would You Rather?

a booklet full of fun Star Wars themed questions for kids


My husband’s Choose Wisely shirt – The Elder Wand from Harry Potter, Gandalf’s staff from Lord of the Rings, Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars, and the sonic screwdriver from Doctor Who.

This next shirt is one that I am incredibly proud of. How seriously brilliant is this technique! If you cannot find an image to use as a stencil, you can create your own in Photoshop.


That is Strax, from Doctor Who.  He is so fun to watch and has become one of our favorite characters.

  1. Open your image in your photo program.
  2. Open a new layer on top of your image.
  3. Trace the prominent lines of your photo with your brush tool. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, that is what the undo button is for.
  4. When you are done tracing, delete your first layer (background).
  5. You’ll be left with a surprising nice looking drawing.

I tried to trick my husband and son into believing that I drew Strax on my own. They did not fall for it.


If you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can add text and use the machine to quickly cut out your image onto heat transfer paper. Otherwise, you can cut the stencil out using a craft knife.


Be sure to cut out the stencil in reverse so that when you iron it on, the words will be the right orientation.


Follow the instructions for using the heat transfer paper. Some vary from needing a cloth over top to being able to iron directly on the plastic backing. Some need only 30 seconds of heat, others need up to 90 seconds. Be sure that there is no water in your iron and turn off the steam setting.


Ta-da!  “I’m the clever one. You’re the potato one.” The Doctor to Strax.

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