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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shirt with Fabric Markers

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Learn how to make a simple shamrock shirt for St. Patrick’s day.

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My daughter is in Kindergarten and along with reading and recess, her favorite part of the school year is the holiday celebrations.  We just had a Valentine’s Day party and now she is giddy about her upcoming class St. Patrick’s Day party.  

So, of course, she needs something festive and green to wear.  And really why buy something when you can upcycle a t-shirt into a cute shamrock shirt for St. Patrick’s Day.  

I used simple craft supplies to make this shamrock shirt and my daughter loves it.  She is so ready for her classroom celebration.  

Easy St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shirt with Fabric Markers

Here are the supplies I used to create this Shamrock shirt  

  • White t-shirt – I upcycled one from her dresser, this is a great way to cover up a stain on a white shirt
  • Printed shamrock shape
  • Freezer paper
  • Marker
  • Iron
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric markers

Watch the video to see just how I made this shamrock shirt

I have used this technique before to make my daughter a Wild Child shirt.  She wore that one until it barely covered her belly.  I washed it many times and the color did not fade.  

How to use freezer paper to make a stencil

Freezer paper will temporarily adhere to fabric creating a stencil. That’s the key to making this shirt. This is a fantastic material to keep your craft stash, you can use it for all kinds of fabric projects.

Trace a shamrock onto the matte side of a piece of freezer paper and cut it out.

Place a piece of cardboard inside a shirt and lay the shirt on a flat surface. Place the shamrock, shiny side down on the shirt. Then use an iron on medium heat to temporarily stick it to the fabric.

freezer paper shamrock shirt step by step
iron freezer paper onto shirt

Grab a few colors of green fabric markers and make dots all around the shape. When you are satisfied with the color, peel off the shamrock. There will be no stickiness left behind.

use fabric marker dots to create a shamrock shirt

Let the fabric markers sit for 24 hours then this shirt can be washed regularly. The color needs time to sink in and really adhere to the shirt.

Using freezer paper is one of the best ways to get crisp lines on fabric.  You can also cut freezer paper with your Silhouette or Cricut and make intricate designs for clothing and even wall art like these burlap canvas pieces or fabric wall art.

Once you are finished painting over your freezer paper stencil, just peel it off to reveal crisp lines.  

Easy St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shirt with Fabric Markers

St. Patrick’s Day is a lot of fun but there is a rich history behind the holiday as well.  Take a look at this post for a good mix of St. Patrick’s Day history, crafts and snacks perfect for younger children.  

Easy St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shirt with Fabric Markers

You can view more St. Patrick’s Day crafts below.

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I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day filled with fun and lots of green.

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Linda Krenz

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Super cute video! You make it look so easy!

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Thursday 2nd of March 2017

I love how you used the fabric markers to create this super cute shirt for your daughter! Also, how cute would this shirt be in lots of other different designs?!


Thursday 2nd of March 2017

Thanks Ashley, and yes I have so many shirt ideas now!

Lynn Spencer

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Oh my gosh, that daughter of yours! She's a natural! And that shirt idea is fantastic! Now no one has an excuse to be shamrock-less on St. Patty's day.

Thanks for sharing.


Sam @ Raggedy Bits

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

So very cute and clever!

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