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Quick & Easy Fan Shirt

Hello all!  We were lazy bums last week because of the great weather we’ve had.  But this week we’ve returned with new vigor, so hopefully we’ll  be back to our usual 3 posts a week with more content than a rant about HomeGoods.

For those of you who’re not into hockey, this past weekend was a BIG DEAL.  It was the Frozen Four, the NCAA Division 1 championship of college hockey.  It’s like the Stanley Cup of college hockey.  It was conveniently in Pittsburgh this year.

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Fortunately, my Alma Mater, Quinnipiac University has a little hockey team.  You may have heard of us.  The BOBCATS.  Nationally ranked #1.  No big deal.

So we made it to the Frozen Four.  And we beat St Cloud to go to the finals.  Against our ARCH RIVALS, Yale University.  This game on Saturday was to be EPIC.

You see, Yale and QU are separated by just a few miles.  And lots of arrogance.

So to commemorate the game and add a little extra flair to a shirt for the game, I added a quick little message on the shirt.

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You will need a shirt of your choice.  A sharpie marker.  A hair elastic or rubber band.  A canvas or sturdy piece of cardboard.

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First, slide the canvas into the shirt.  So you don’t ruin the canvas, use one with the plastic wrap still on it.

DIY Fan t shirt @ BandBBuildALife.com

Once the canvas is in the shirt, be sure it’s centered and straight to help keep your lettering straight later.

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Next, pull the shirt sleeves together in the back, making the back of the shirt smooth and taught across the face of the canvas.   Also pull the front side of the shirt around and group it with the sleeves.

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Use the hair elastic to secure the 3 sides tightly together.  Once they’re bound, the other side should be nice and smooth, like this.

DIY Fan t shirt @ BandBBuildALife.com

Next, either print out what you want your shirt to say on the computer, or sketch out your message to create a guide.   Here’s my quick and messy version.

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Slip your message under the shirt, against the canvas.  You should be able to see through lighter colored shirts without a problem.

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Line up your message carefully and then gently use your sharpie marker to trace out the lettering.

DIY fan t shirt @ BandBBuildALife.com

Be sure when tracing your message, that you are using the tip of the sharpie.  Keeping the marker more straight up and down will help to avoid smudging.

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Once the message is outlined, now it’s time to fill it in!  Careful not to use too much pressure as the ink might bleed if too much is applied.

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Now it’s time to model it.

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Yup, that’s my back side.  On the internet.  No big deal.

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Sadly, after a tough first period went by scoreless, the second period Yale scored a rebound goal within the last 30 seconds, and from there it went down hill ending with a win for Yale at 4-0.  A tough night to be a Bobcat, but for a team that everyone thought would never get there, let alone be #1 in the country, we could still leave Consol with our heads high.

So there ya go, a little craftyness snuck in between a busy weekend.

What were you up to this weekend?

~ Beth

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