Monday, March 7, 2016

Watercolor Bunny Printable T-Shirt Transfer

I like to make my daughter a special t-shirt for every holiday. I have to fit them all in now, because she is almost "Over it." Last year, I made a painted striped bunny T-Shirt, and if I do say so myself thought it was pretty dang cute! This year, I wanted to do it again, but thought how can I make it different and even simpler for you to make one yourself. So, I pulled out some old watercolor originals of mine added it to my bunny template from my bunny banner and voila...its almost done for you!
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I literally made this entire T-shirt in less than 30 minutes...and honestly you can probably even do it in less time! So, let's get to it!

  • Plain T-shirt. I prefer White for this project so that the colors look as they are supposed to. Most craft or mass merchandise stores carry really inexpensive t-shirts. 
  • Watercolor Bunny Printable. I have a Lighter Pastel Bunny or a more vibrantly colored one (my daughter wanted "more color")
  • T-Shirt Transfer Paper. I used Avery Light T-shirt Transfer this time. I also like Printworks
  • Scissors
  • Printer
  • Iron, ironing board and a cloth to use for pressing.
  • Optional:
  • white pom pom, needle and thread or hot glue or fabric glue
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Make It
Super Simple Instructions:
Wash your shirt; print out the bunny; cut it out; press it on; attach a pom pom tail. 

Detailed Instructions:
  • Prewash and dry your t-shirt
  • Download the Watercolor Bunny Printable
  • Resize the bunny to the size you desire. I printed this out using Microsoft Office Picture Manager. (I selected 5 x 7 as my size and "Fit to Page." You could actually print out 2 with this size
    • NOTE: This is a full size bunny (it takes up an 8.5 x 11" paper). I made my bunny smaller 

Watercolor Printable Bunny by 504 Main

  • Prepare your bunny for printing.
    • Load the Transfer paper in the printer.
    • In printer options, select Mirror (if you want the bunny to print out exactly as you see it. If not the image will be flipped when you iron it on.).
    • Print the bunny out on T-shirt transfer paper. Follow the directions for your printer and for the brand of transfer paper your purchase.
  • Cut the bunny out with scissors.
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  • Preheat your iron to specified settings on your paper.
  • Determine the placement on the shirt. I usually fold my shirt in half and use pins to mark the center (vertically). I then center the bunny on the shirt vertically and adjust the (high or low) placement. YOU WANT THE DESIGN TO BE FACING DOWN (you should be looking at the back of the transfer paper)
    • Pin into place in a corner or be VERY careful and place the pressing cloth.
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  • Press the bunny onto the shirt. I move my iron all over and hold down in each area for 20 seconds or so.
    • Remove the pressing cloth and let cool, for just a minute. 
  • From one corner, start peeling the backing off. If you are having trouble with it sticking or do not see the image on the shirt, replace the pressing cloth and press the design some more.
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  • Remove backing...and you have a fun bunny!
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  • Add a white pompom  for a bunny tail. I like to use needle and thread if I suspect this is going to get washed, but you can try hot glue or fabric glue.

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I just think this is so cute (or course I think the model is the B-E-S-T!)

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Got cute little bunnies on the brain? Try this adorable Painted Striped Bunny Shirt

Painted Striped Bunny T-shirt by 504 Main

or a super simple Easter Bunny Banner!
Easy Bunny Banner Tutorial with Free Template from 504 Main

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


  1. What an adorable shirt and I have to agree your daughter is a beautiful model! Your tutorial is really good. Thanks for sharing and for sharing the template too!

  2. Such a cute shirt! I love the pattern of the transfer - so colorful and your model is gorgeous. I remember when I started following you she was just a little peanut.


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