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Apple and Numbered Team T-Shirts

Family Olympics wouldn't be complete at your reunion without starting lineup shirts for everyone to wear during the water-balloon toss, three-legged race, and doughnut-eating contest. Begin with matching apple-motif tees and then stencil numbers on the back with fabric paint.

Photography: Francesco Lagnese

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2011


  • Iron-on transfer paper

  • Iron

  • Scissors

  • Heavyweight paper and cardboard

  • Black fabric paint

  • 3/4-inch stencil stippling brush


  1. Print apple clip-art onto iron-on transfer paper designed for white or light-colored fabrics.

  2. Cut around the apple, stem, and leaf with scissors or a craft knife.

  3. Center the apple onto the front of the T-shirt and iron on according to the paper manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Print the number templates onto heavyweight paper.

  5. Cut out number using a craft knife (if using stencil multiple times, print onto regular paper, place stencil paper over printout, and cut out with craft knife).

  6. Place a heavy piece of paper or cardboard inside T-shirt to prevent paint from bleeding through.

  7. Center stencil on back of t-shirt.

  8. Pour black fabric paint onto a paper plate. Using a 3/4-inch stencil stippling brush, paint stencil using an up-and-down motion.

  9. Heat-set according to fabric-paint directions.

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