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Eyeball T-shirts

These charming T-shirts are perfect for kids.





Special thanks to Regina Lord for demonstrating this craft; for more information on Regina, visit Martha used T-shirts from American Apparel. All additional tools and materials are available at most crafts stores.


  • Old white T-shirt
  • Pencil
  • Fabric paint in assorted colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Colored T-shirt
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread


  1. Step 1

    Cut a white T-shirt into 3-by-5-inch pieces. Draw an eye shape, and circles within the eye shapes, onto each piece with a pencil.

  2. Step 2

    Paint circles blue, green, or brown; let dry. Paint pupils with black paint. Accent by painting a white dot onto the pupil for shine, and red streaks onto whites of eyes to make them look bloodshot; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Trim around the eyes, leaving 1/4 inch all around for seam allowance. Turn a colored T-shirt inside out and pin eyes into place, face down. Use 5 to 6 eyes on the front and 1 on the center back. Sew around each eye.

  4. Step 4

    Turn shirt right-side out. Cut a small hole in only the top layer of the center of the eye area. Trim fabric inside the stitches to reveal the eye, leaving a small amount for eyelid.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009



Reviews (8)

  • wmlafl 16 Jun, 2013

    My grandkids and I made these t shirts two years ago for a camping trip and we got all kinds of great reviews and looks on these eyeball shirts. Kids like saying : "Here's looking at you kid" , like Humphrey Bogart's character...Ricky, in Casa Blanca. We are going to do bright colors with the shirts this year and Im thinking of using maybe large buttons for eyes....LaFlower in Lake Winnipausauki, Laconia, NH." Our youngest at the time thought she might be able to see out of the back eye".

  • jillb5511 19 Feb, 2013

    I made them for my great-nieces and nephews, adding fringe to the upper "lid" of the eyeballs for the girls. They are adorable and the kids (aged 3-8) just LOVED them.

  • oaxaquena 28 Aug, 2009

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, I think you are wonderfull

  • mamaoftwo 27 Aug, 2009

    I can't wait to make them for my kids and there friends

  • NicoleDesign 4 Jun, 2009

    Does it matter what fabric paint you use? I plan on making these with all my nieces and nephews at the family reunion next week. Should make for a cute family photo...probably the only one with all of our eyes open! ;)

  • fishgirl 1 Jun, 2009

    Working on my 5th one. Also making them on adult ladies tank tops to wear to the gym.

  • emmkay 1 Jun, 2009

    I think this is a great idea :)

  • anniequinn 25 May, 2009

    what a cool idea! I will certainly do this with the kids over the summer holidays.