Reverse Applique Superman T-Shirt

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Cricut. This project and all ideas/opinions are my own.
When Cricut issued their Fashion show challenge I knew I was up for it. We were given white t-shirts and iron-on material with the assignment to make something wearable. Being the mom of superhero obsessed boys I knew just what I wanted to do, a Superman t-shirt. But, not just any t-shirt. I decided a reverse applique would be perfect to look like Clark Kent tearing open his white shirt to reveal his Superman suit.
I am pretty darn pleased with how my little hero looks and was surprised how easy the whole reverse applique process was.


Two white t-shirts
Evening Blue Rit Dye
Washing Machine
Small sharp scissors
Sewing Machine
White thread
1. Wash the shirts to remove any shrinkage and dry without fabric softener. (The film it leaves can effect the wear of the iron-on.)
2. Dye one of the shirts blue using the washing machine instructions on the bottle.
3. Cut out the Superman symbol out of the red and yellow iron-on by opening the free file below in Cricut Craft Room. Don’t forget to reverse the image if you aren’t using my file! With a Cricut mini, cut with the iron-on’s clear protective coating side down on the mat with the depth at 4. and the pressure at 2 with a speed of 3 (other machines may vary).
5. Weed your images. 
6. Iron on the yellow first with the clear coating facing up. Cover with a piece of scrap fabric and iron for 15 seconds, then flip over and iron the back for 30 seconds. Flip it back over, remove the clear coating and place the red image on top. Cover with scrap fabric and iron for 30 seconds. Check to make sure both layers are secure and remove clear plastic.
7. Cut out the images from the shirt leaving about an inch on each side.
8. Decide where you want it placed on the shirt.
9. Turn t-shirt inside out and pin the image in place.
10. With a washable marker trace around the image where you want to sew. I did my line 1/2 inch out from the iron-on all around so a good bit of blue would show.
11.. Sew around image using a straight stitch. Remove pins and trim strings.
12. Turn the t-shirt right side out and make a small slit through just the white t-shirt in front of the image. Use this to trim close to the seam to reveal the image.
Put it on your little Superman and let him fly!

I have used a lot of iron-on/heat transfer and this by far went on the easiest. I did not have to keep ironing edges over and over and hold it for a minute or more like others I’ve used. I can’t wait to get my hand on some more!

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So, what do you think? Have you tried iron-on before? What about reverse applique?

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Batman Birthday

Our 5 year old is little Mr. Superhero. He has been obsessed with superheros for more than a year. You can see proof here with his Super Hero Squad Party from last year. He loved it so much he wanted a super hero party again this year, but since many of the guests would be the same, we switched it up a bit and thanks to the Cricut and the Target Dollar Spot we decided on a Batman Birthday Party.
I made a fun Batman Birthday Banner with my Cricut (I’m a Cricut affiliate), tied it together with ribbon, and hung it to look like it was held up by bats. 
I got the bat banner on clearance after Halloween, but you could easily create one yourself. 
We covered the wall with this amazing printable personalized skyline from Ander’s Ruff and had the kids color it while we waited for all the guests to arrive. We had cutouts of skylines and bat symbols spread around tables to add to the theme.

We had lots of fun Batman themed activities for the boys:
  • Vaporize the Villains – Attach a spray paint gun to silly string to create a goo gun and let them shoot at a plastic tablecloth adorned with Villain coloring pages.
  • Batcave – Create a cave by putting black plastic tablecloths over a table. Hang strips of crepe paper down from the ceiling of the cave along with glow bracelets. Scatter plastic bats around the floor. Have each guests climb through and retrieve a “power bracelet” and a “batarang” for the next game.
  • Batarang Blast – Stack colorful cups with pictures of villians on them. Give each guests a few tries to knock the cups down with their batarang (aka plastic bat).
  • Battle the Balloons – Have several helium balloons at varying heights for the kids to shoot at using foam disc shooters. (I got mine 2 for $5 at Wal-Mart though more expensive ones may work better.)
  • Batplane – Give each guest a piece of black cardstock and a lesson on how to make a paper airplane. (I was surprised how many had no idea how) Line them all up to see who’s Batplane flies the furthest.

I went easy with treats this year and just did a Batman Cupcake Cake from Wal-Mart and Invisibility Serum (aka water bottle dressed up with Batman symbol). 

I like to make my boys matching shirts for their parties so of course this time they were Batman shirts made with iron-on

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We sent each guest home with  pack of goodies (Many of which were from the Target dollar spot 50% off making them 50 cents!):
  • Batman play pack – coloring book, stickers, markers
  • Batman hologram stickers and superhero “pow” stickers
  • Batman temporary tattoos
  • Batman stamp markers
  • Silver Airheads
  • Blue and yellow Zots candies
  • Batman bucket
The winners of the Batplane contest took home Batman Pez Dispensers.

The kids had a fabulous time and wore me out completely. This post is getting a little long, so stay tuned for the DIY Batman Birthday Party Invitations coming soon!

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Superhero Squad Party Activities

Of course you need some great superhero squad training activities and we had no shortage. Planning and having everything prepared ahead is key to keeping things rolling smoothly. We had 10 different superhero training camp activities! Each one corresponded with a power from a favorite super hero.
1. Decorate your cape and mask.
  • We used a Walmart cape and mask set (about $5). They come in black, blue, red and green. Target has a cape with a wrap around front with muscles (about $5).
  • Decorate with foam letters. I had each child’s name ready to go, organized in an ice tray to make things fast and easy. All they had to do was peel and stick. No searching for letters or fighting over colors.
2. Web Shooting
  • Spraying silly string on villains from coloring books hung on a plastic tablecloth to protect walls and floor. We hung ours on the sliding glass door, hidden behind the vertical blinds until we were ready to play.
3. Flight Training
  • Playing Space Pop where you levitate to pop bubbles. A game from Kinect Adventures on the Xbox 360.
4. Bat Cave
  • Crawling in to the cave to get a glowing power bracelet.
  • Cover table and chairs with black plastic table cloths and hang strips of streamers from the ceiling (aka bottom of table). Tape glow stick bracelets between the streamers.
5. X-ray Vision
  • Peek behind the brick wall and try to remember all the items behind it.
  • Brick Wall Backdrop-purchased on Amazon

6. Super Strength
  • Pop balloons by squeezing, stomping or sitting on them.
7. Shield Throwing
  • Throwing a frisbee to explode a tower of cups.
  • Transform a dollar store frisbee in to a shield with vinyl or glued card stock.
8. Final Exam
  • Lifting a “barbell” to test their superpowers.
  • Use quick dry craft glue and spray paint to transform two dollar store balls and a rain stick into a barbell. You can also use a dowel and two styrofoam balls, but they are pricey for my taste.
9. Receive superhero name and official training certificate.
  • Certificate designed using one of Microsoft’s free certificate templates.
10. VIP visitors
  • Batman and Robin (cute high school students I met at a Halloween party and hired to come) signed their certificates and helped the kids find their signature superhero pose.
The kids had a blast with all these superhero squad training camp activities!
Want more? Visit our other posts for printable invites and super hero squad decor ideas!

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