Handprint Superhero T-shirt – Camp Sewing With Boys


Hello! I am Courtney from The Wholesome Mama and I am honored to be here today contributing with Sewing With Boys. I have 2 little boys, so I always have random projects floating around in my head. I am so excited about this project!
A while back I saw a print floating around on Pinterest with Superhero’s made from your kids handprints. I thought it would be such a fun way to not only decorate your kids tees and add charm, but also to include your child in the process. My little guy was right next to me the whole time, and even gave me some input on how HE wanted it to look. My son that I made this for definitely got my creative genes, so I love to ask for his advice and input on his clothing whenever I can.


  • fabric paint in your desired superhero colors
  • a variety of different sized paintbrushes
  • solid tee or panel for the tee you plan to sew

Of course I was going to make my own shirt for this project (I don’t know if I can physically purchase one…lol) so I chose the newly released Harvey V Neck Tee from Once Upon A Sewing Machine. If you are making your own shirt, I recommend painting the panel first and then assembling.

Place some paper or cardboard underneath the shirt (or inbetween the layers if using store bought) as to keep the paint from seeping through.

Apply a generous amount of paint to your child’s hand. Our first application barely even coated the fabric, so we did it again with more paint. Work quickly here as the fabric paint dries fairly quick.

Press firmly onto the center of your fabric, holding the fabric as you lift up your child’s hand…it will stick a bit.

Yay! Now you have the base of your superhero!

Next is what was the most fun for me. Transforming the handprint into the superhero.

My son chose to do Spiderman, so we needed black, blue and white fabric paint. I got myself a little palette of paint ready, and went to work. Get creative here. Pull up a picture of your chosen superhero and look at the details. Plan it out first and then get to work. ***It may be wise to practice this on a sheet of paper first before you move to the fabric.*** I like to live on the edge though, and went straight to the fabric.

I used the accent fabric for our tee as inspiration, and added the “BAM” “!!!” and the bubbles around Spiderman.

Once you are through, let it dry COMPLETELY! I waited a good 2-3 hours before I tested it. To set the paint, I ironed over the backside. And you are DONE! Finish sewing up your shirt according to the pattern you chose, and show that baby off!!! Little man was so excited and PROUD to be wearing his own handprint on his shirt.

I hope you liked this tutorial, and if you have any questions, leave me a comment here or follow me on social media. FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | BLOG


2 Comments on Handprint Superhero T-shirt – Camp Sewing With Boys

  1. Dana
    June 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this!!! And my son who is sneaking over my shoulder right now wants to make one right now! 🙂

  2. Jonie
    June 29, 2015 at 1:52 am (3 years ago)

    LOL Dana! I have made sure to keep my son from seeing because I know he won’t leave me alone until we make them.

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