DIY: kawaii t-shirts

I prepared an easy DIY for you which I call my Kawaii T-shirts. With just a few easy steps create some cute t-shirt with some sweet & simple animal faces.

What you will need:
- A T-shirt or Tank top
- Some Fabric Markers ( I used the Sharpie "Stained" Fabric marker)
- Paper
- Computer & Printer (optional!)

How to...

- Step 1: Draw a cute and simple animal face on a sheet of paper. I got my inspiration from googling "cute kawaii animal faces" and searching the image portion of Google.


I've provided a few cute faces that I created myself (see image below)... follow the link to get the PDF files. You will find a PDF for each face and all you have to do is print it at 100%.

-Step 2: If you are using a white T-shirt, I recommend inserting the printed paper into your t-shirt and centering it. This way you will see your image through the t-shirt. 

-Step 3: Trace your image with your fabric marker. I like to do the contour first and then fill it in. 

Warning*** do not press to hard when drawing with the fabric marker, the ink has a tendency of spreading.

-Step 4: for added color or fun add some rosy cheeks or a bow tie... Your done!

NOTE: if you are using a darker colored t-shirt, just draw straight on your t-shirt and use your printed image for guidance. Don't forget to insert a piece of paper into your t-shirt to prevent the ink seeping through.

Here are some of the faces I've created. You can find the PDF files HERE
Please use these for your personal use and not for re-sale, thank you!

Here are a few examples of some tees I've created...

Now if you are doing this in front of your kids, do not be surprised if they try to add their own design elements when you aren't looking!!! Look how Mister M surprised me, he added a pink smiley face to his t-shirt.



  1. Glad to see you're back. This looks amazing!

  2. @anu*miki thank you! It is so simple and easy to make, I,m sure you'll find an awesome way to put a twist to it :) & it's good to be back, although I do miss the ocean.

  3. I loved it, you're a genius Celina, I have a few shirts, thanks for sharing!

  4. That's pretty adorable. Great idea. Thanks!

  5. @Eri, you are too too sweet! It's great for hidding stains on old t-shirts too!!!

    @Jenn, thank you and thanks for passing by :)

  6. So cute!! Can't wait to try it... going to look at your tumblr now.

  7. @Suzanne Nice to see you here! Let me know how it goes with you t-shirt and I love multiple comments, I'll keep the others to myself! lol

  8. What a creative idea, and such a fun rainy day activity. :) Can't wait to try it out!!

  9. @sophie, thanks for stopping by :) and you'll see this project is soooo easy and can become a little addictive! Have fun:)

  10. wow,it looks very well.theT-Shirt,I like it ~

  11. I find this idea a fun thing to do with your kids. I’m sure they’ll love and enjoy creating custom T-shirts that sport their own designs. What do you think? I can’t wait for Saturday so that I can do this with my kids. Thanks for this creative idea!
    >Lissette Monroe

  12. @Lissette, I think your kids will love wearing their own designs. As you can see my son added a little of his own artistic view! Let me know how it goes...

  13. <3 I love this! Very cute shirts and kids you have there! I'm a bit upset that I never see the Sharpie fabric markers in my local arts and crafts stores but I have been meaning to purchase a set of them on Amazon! I'll do that and try this with them! Thanks for the tutorial!


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