To use the templates, just download the image, and after insuring it fits a 8 by 10 page spread, print it up. Pull out your freezer paper (if you don’t have any, it’s usually sold next to all the wax paper and Ziploc baggies). I set the shirt aside and taped the template onto a sheet of freezer paper and used an exact-o knife and a cutting board to cut out the pattern. Then I ironed the waxy side of the freezer paper onto an orange shirt. (I picked up a handful of them at the .99 Only store. Seriously, $1 each!)
I let it dry and pulled the template off. For the tiny pieces (like the circles I put back into the O’s and the B’s) I just pinched the fabric at the edge of the orphaned freezer paper and stuck my nail under. Here are the templates, as well as print-ready sigils to cut and tape to clues I mention later.
Shirts done! Now every camper can be outfitted for camp! Since they keep their shirts, this also counts as part of the party favor. A very NICE party favor!
For those of you who want to make your own, good news! The storm up north prevented my swords from arriving, so I received a lesson in sword making as well.
Did I think to take pictures of the process? No. But I went to Home Depot and had them cut a length of 10 foot (½ inch wide) PVC pipe. Each ten foot piping cost a little over a dollar. After them cutting out the PVC, I grabbed the foam pipe covers just across the isle. Luckily, I already had some pleather in my old sewing scraps. If you find some, it makes for a nice touch on the handle. I hot glued the foam cover to the pipe, leaving a five inch space for the handle, which I hot glued the pleather to. I also cut the tip of the foam cover to a point and hot-glued that to hold a sword shape. To create the hand guard, I cut a four inch section of the pipe cover, spread it out flat, cut a hole (an X really) in the middle and hot-glued that between the padding and the handle. I was surprised at how well they held up. After beating my husband (Hades) to a pulp, only the tips of a few of the swords were broken.
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