DIY Camp Half Blood T-Shirt

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Learn how to make a DIY camp half-blood t-shirt with a shirt, fabric, and HTV. Sew on a fabric pocket and add the words for a quick costume!

Last week my kids got to dress up as one of their favorite story book characters. My son recently finished reading all of the Percy Jackson books and wanted to be a character from that series.

I loved the idea of a really easy t-shirt costume since it’s easy for me to make and easy for my son to wear with a pair of jeans. We set about designing the pegasus, words, and pen to make a camp half-blood t-shirt!

diy camp half blood costume

Percy Jackson is a demi god in modern day. His dad is Poseidon, and he goes to Camp Half-Blood with all the other demi god children. He ends up having all sorts of adventures and meeting lots of monsters and bad guys.

diy camp half blood costume

Camp Half-Blood has orange t-shirts that all the campers wear so that’s what we based our design on. Percy also has a magic pen that turns into a sword, and he keeps it in his pocket so that was an element we wanted to add.

diy camp half blood t-shirt

I just love making t-shirt costumes because they are so quick to make and so simple to wear. My kids do great with costumes when it feels like wearing regular clothes.

Do you love to make costumes? Check out these fun ideas:

peel of plastic backing

DIY camp half blood t-shirt


diy camp half blood t-shirt supplies

Cut a piece of orange fabric 6 inches wide and 4.5 inches tall. (This size is for a child so if you are making an adult shirt increase the pocket slightly.)

cut orange fabric rectangle

Fold the top edge down 1 inch twice and sew in place. Sew 1/2 inch around the other three edges with a straight stitch.

sew hem and edges

Press the hem in place. Fold the three sides in on the stitching line and press.

press hem and edges in

Pin the pocket onto the top left side of the shirt.

pin onto t-shirt

Sew around the pocket 1/8 inch from the edge.

sew around edges

Use a cutting machine to cut out the designs from the black iron-on vinyl.

cut out words and pen

Weed the designs.

weed design

Place the pen inside the pocket and place the graphic on the center top of the shirt. You might have to shift the graphic to the side so that it doesn’t cover the pocket.

place pen in pocket and words on front

Use an Easypress 2 to apply the iron-on vinyl.

apply with easypress 2

Let the design cool and then carefully peel the plastic backing off. You finished!

diy camp half blood t-shirt

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy camp half blood t-shirt
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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