diy {boy’s Stunt Man t-shirt}

I got a JCrew magazine in the mail recently and saw this:

Perfect for one of my little guys…not crazy about $29.50 for a t-shirt though. I also kind of think if you are a Stunt Man typically you aren’t standing upright and still – at least my little Stunt Man is usually found in every position, but upright and still. So here is my much more affordable version of this great boys shirt.


Iron-on letters (mine are the type that are kind of velvet on one side)

Basic gray t-shirt

Taupe fabric dye


If you have a local Hobby Lobby or Micheals you can use their 40% off coupons or watch for these items to go on sale

…and end up making it for under $5.00

Step 1: Dye your shirt…if you want. I chose a gray shirt because it has more of a ‘texture’ look than a solid color t-shirt. To dye something small like a t-shirt I don’t follow the directions on the Rit bottle. I just pour a few tablespoons in a container and add enough very hot water to submerge the shirt. I use rubber gloves and slosh the shirt around until it is the color I want. Finally, I rinse it well and then wash it. Keep in mind it will be a bit lighter once you rinse and wash it.

Step 2: Peel off the iron-on letters and position them where you want on the shirt.

Step 3: Iron the letters on following the package directions (after ironing on the letters, turn the shirt inside out and iron a bit longer)


Step 4: Find a cute Stunt Man to model his new shirt.

I’m answering 5 little questions for “5 on Friday” over on C.R.A.F.T today….click the button to read it.

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  • Kristin - So great. I love your “twist” on it!

  • Laura - well done! i love seeing cute boy ideas every now and then…they are hard to find!

  • Tess S - great idea! that’s a REAL stunt man.

  • Kelly - sooo fun! Kelly

  • Laurie J - upside down. perfect. i’m going to need 3!!

  • Danett - What a great idea. I love rad shirts for little boys. I want to try your bleach method too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Maggie M - WOW! That is sooo fun! And I ADORE how you flipped it! How creative…

  • lauren - what a perfect version!!! love that>> and where did you ever find such a cute stunt man?? 😉

  • Jeannette - Much cuter unside down!

  • Heather - awesome, I’m so doing this! And upside down!

  • keisha - I LOVE that you put the letters upside-down. So creative!!

  • Nicole - LOVE!

  • Leah B - Super cute and soooo easy! I also love how you put it upside down.

  • Stacey - I love that the letters are upside down.. so adorable!

  • Jamie - So cool! I’m going to make one for my lil man today! So fitting 🙂

  • Jenny Joy - Your shirt is WAY better than the original. You might very well start a trend, lady! 🙂

  • Amanda - So very cute! love that it’s upside down. perfectly designed by a boy mom 🙂

  • Lee - Very cute idea 🙂

  • Candice Forte - I totally agree the upside down lettering is WAY more appropriate than J Crews! Very cute!!! I may have to make one for a friend of mine’s son who is a stunt man. My son’s shirt would Mr. Cautious. I don’t think it would quite work upside down:).

  • debbie - I’m not sure what I enjoy more…the upside-down letters or the pics themselves! Great idea!

  • Heather S - He could totally be in the J-Crew magazine! So cute!!

  • Jennifer J - I wish my brain worked like yours. Great idea.

  • april's craft nest - cute idea to do it upside down! 🙂

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - this is fantastic! so clever! i love that you didn’t just rip it off- you came up with your own thang!

  • katie - That’s so great. I love how you went ahead and took the step to dye the tee. I’m so into instant gratification that I don’t know if I could’ve done that, but the color really makes it.

  • C.R.A.F.T. - upsidedown= genius 🙂

  • Julie B - I think I may make a “Stunt Woman” shirt for my girls. My girls are pretty daring! Love this!

  • Liz - Such a cute idea and you stunt man is pretty cute too.

  • Krista Lund - this is super cute!!! love your take on the T!!! p.s. ADORABLE lil stunt man you’ve got!

  • jennifer blair - Seriously? This so adorable. Now I just need a little man to make one for…one day!

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  • Allison - Love this idea!! And your little stunt man is TOO CUTE!

  • Raechel Myers - Love this! Love that you made it your own with your own twist (literally!) to it. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  • Holly - I like your version better!

  • Kristi - I LOVE this shirt and I can’t wait to try and make it!!! I am really going to try since it is NO sewing!!! 🙂 Thanks for the great idea! Any other “easy” ideas to do on onesies for our baby on the way??

  • amanda torres - I think J Crew should hire you as one of their designers. It’s only fitting that ‘Stunt Man’ should be printed up side down. What were they thinking?

  • Emily - I have bookmarked this for later. It’s is GENIUS! (Take, THAT, J.Crew!)

  • erica - super cute and easy idea, thanks for sharing!

  • Priscilla-The Wheelchair Mommy - This is SUPER cute. On my TO DO list 🙂

  • Heather - your version is so much cuter!!

  • Carissa - love it. I was just wondering what I was going to do for Coco’s 2 year and Easton’s 6 year next month. This is perfect!

  • KaraM - I LOVE that its upside down…seems much more stunt man-ish! 😀

  • Megan - Oh goodness! That is adorable! Even better on your cute kiddo.

  • Amanda - I love the upside down! I can’t wait to make one for Liam and it is so much cuter than the expensive version!!

  • Casey - awesome shirt!! I need to make one for my little man and woman!

  • Rachel - That is absolutely precious! Now all i have to do is have a son so i can make a cute shirt like this for him 🙂

  • Lisa J - Fantastic! I may even make this for my boyfriend…he is 34! 🙂

  • giozi - Ha ha ha it was funny.

  • Sheila Powell - Very, very cute–wonderful idea my grandson will absolutely love this it fits him so well–LOVE IT!

  • Kristen Duke - LOVE this!!!

  • Mariah - Oh, dear. Well, I’m going to need to make at least one of these. Maybe three.

  • andy - so cute
    my little guy is a stunt man too
    love the upside down letters

  • Natalie - awesome!

  • Tasha - Great idea! Now I have a good use for those clearance letters I just bought at hobby lobby:)

  • Nicole - This is MUCH better than the JCrew version. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leanne - that is really cute. I love that you put the letters upside down. perfect for a stunt man!

  • miss chris - Love this. And so much better with the letters upside down. Fitting.

  • e l l a - Very cool and I haven’t seen iron on letters yet, so this gives me lots of ideas 😉
    PS. I just found something very cool for your lego loving stunt men. Check this out:
    (maybe a diy will be born from this idea 😉

  • Mrs. Dunbar - Now this is about the best craft I’ve seen all week! Thanks.

  • Cherished Hearts Vintage - I love digging through catalogs for ideas!

    Wonderful job.

  • Amy C - What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Emilie - oh my word what a doll! i love the upside down-ness! adorable!

  • Sindy - Hey Ashley!
    I read the questions on C.R.A.F.T. an totally agree on your answer to #5. I wrote about it on my blog. Maybe you feel like visiting my site 🙂
    Have a nice weekend!
    Greetings from Germany, Sindy

  • amac - Very cute and clever 🙂

  • OrangeFarmhouse - Maike - It’s so much more right like this!

  • Bonnie - oh, I love this! What a fun idea.

  • hearttypat - when i grow up, i want to be you!

  • Kelly - Ashley, thank you so much for your comment and for visiting my blog. 🙂 I cleaned out my son’s stash of onesies today and found some with stains that I am going to feel free to practice sewing on next since there’s not much at stake if I mess up! 🙂 I am going to try some reverse applique. Kelly

  • amber - and he had his lego man. boys are awesome.

  • Erin Leigh - oh my gosh. such a cute idea. you little guy is adorable.

  • rachel - super cute! & the model is an absolute doll! 🙂

  • Jessica @ My Ardent Life - After all your successful posts on fabric dye, I decided to try it. Why are so many toddler clothes white? And why do I have so many of them? Several of my daughter’s things were looking pretty dingy and I didn’t want to mess with bleach. Pink dye was the perfect cover up! I liked the results so much, I went back to Hobby Lobby and got two other colors for some of her other clothes. This is the perfect “crafting” project for me right now because I get practically instant results!

  • Christie - I love this! Such a great idea to have it upside down–totally need this for my boys:). Thanks for sharing!

  • Polly @ Helping Little Hands - What a great idea! This would be good for my son…but even better for his cousin.

  • Amnah - Oooh I love your version way better!

  • Kati M - Love it! Much cheaper and really cool!

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  • Cindy Lou - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. You inspire me on a daily basis. I made this shirt my little stunt man. It turned out GREAT. Thanks!

  • weefolk - love this so much!!! with three boys it is my duty and delight to put them in awesome clothes that reflect their character 😉 just found this blog and love it!

  • Jolie - Brilliant brilliant brilliant….and desperately in need over here for a little guy who recently announced to me that when he *turns into a dad* he’s going to be a fire fighting, breakdancing stuntman! (His sister then declared she is going ot be a magical flying unicorn pony, so there!)
    just catching up…I’ve been away a while!

  • Courtney - My boys would LOVE this shirt! A must try, thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer Dawn - I love this shirt. My husband and I just found out we are having a boy. I am doing a post on Monday called, “Bring on the Boy”. I would love to feature this if you wouldn’t mind.

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