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DIY Union Jack Shirt

NYE 2013 and the DIY Union Jack shirt

January 1, 2014 Sarah Coggins

The past few New Years, our friends have thrown a smashing good UK themed party with a countdown and balloon drop at midnight GMT (i.e., 7pm our time so easy for the kids to “stay up” and celebrate).

New Years Eve: family

Last year wanting to dress Dylan in theme, I found a Beatles t-shirt and purchased a 5T. So far we’ve gotten 2 years out of it and it still is a little big so I’m thinking it might make at least one more appearance.

I decided last minute (as in Monday afternoon) that I wanted something fun to wear too. Somehow while in England in November, even while looking for a Union Jack flag for Stacey to hang at the party, neither Trent or I thought to get ourselves a shirt! So, after picking Dylan up from preschool, we swung by Michaels where I bought a plain light gray t-shirt and small bottles of red & blue fabric paint.

DIY Union Jack Shirt: painting

I resized a template from Beehive Bits and Pieces blog to fit my shirt (find it here). Printed and traced it onto freezer paper. Ironed the paper and painted it in.

DIY Union Jack Shirt

The result was a fun, festive shirt I’ll be able to wear for year after year.

Happy New Year!

Cost: about $7 using 50% coupon for t-shirt


  • Staci January 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    Very cute shirt! Have a wonderfully blessed new year!
    • Sarah Coggins January 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm
      Thanks, Staci! Happy New Year to you as well.
  • Julie S. January 1, 2014 at 5:04 pm
    Cute! And what a fun idea!
  • Bumblebee January 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm
    Thanks for sharing a link for the template, glad you've made use of it :) Happy New Year!
    • Sarah Coggins January 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm
      Thank you for the template! Made this project even easier.

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