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Handful of Love T-shirt

This shirt has all the creative bells and whistles that your mom will cherish for years to come. Tie dye a colorful heart as a base, paint the word love, but add a handprint to fill in for the letter O and you’ve got a unique gift that no other mom will have.

  1. Wash shirt and leave damp.  Lay out flat on covered work surface and smooth out wrinkles.
  2. Fold shirt in half lengthwise. Use washable marker to draw a half-heart shape along fold.
  3. Pleat along marker line, so that the marker forms a straight line across the tops of pleats. Secure tightly with rubber band or zip tie.
  4. Secure a second rubber band or zip tie just outside of first.
  5. Mix Fuchsia and Purple dyes according to package instructions.
  6. Apply Fuchsia dye to tied heart section of shirt, and apply Purple dye to the outer tied border of shirt.
  7. Cover shirt with plastic and let set 6-8 hours.
  8. Remove ties and rinse shirt under running water to remove excess dye.
  9. Wash and dry shirt according to fabric requirements.
  10. Iron a large piece of freezer paper to inside front of shirt to create stable painting surface.
  11. Sketch the word “LOVE” onto another piece of freezer paper leaving off the “O.”
  12. Cut out created freezer paper stencil with craft knife and iron onto front of shirt.
  13. Use fabric paints to fill in stencil. Allow paint to dry and remove stencil.
  14. Apply paint to hand and press onto shirt where the ”O” would be.
  15. Allow all to dry and remove freezer paper from inside shirt.


  • White adult T-shirt
  • Disposable plastic table cover
  • Zip ties (optional)
  • Freezer paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Washable marker
  • Paintbrush

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