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a LOVE Shirt and Mini Heart Stamped Pants

Our brains (and days) have been a little consumed lately.  (More on that another day…)  But I’ve been really missing my sewing machine.  And glue gun, paint, and other supplies.  The kiddos and I have been gathering supplies for their Valentine’s that they want to take to school for their friends……so that got me thinking about something that I could whip up really QUICKLY for them to wear on V-day! Because all I needed was an itty bitty excuse to make something. ;)


And let me tell ya…..this first idea was SIMPLE.  But turned out so cute for little Chloe.  (Elli’s is coming another day.  Maybe tomorrow??)


A sweet little LOVE tee.  And some cute little hearts stamped right onto some existing jeggings.  Totally an outfit she can wear all year long…..not just for Valentine’s Day.  Perfect. :)


Sometimes the best DIY projects, are the really fast ones! :)




And you know, even if you only have time for the shirt…….MAKE IT!  It’s so darn cute all on its own! 



But if you have 5 extra minutes……don’t you dare skip the hearts stamped pants.  Ahhhhh, love them!  (The heart stamp is something you can make in 2 minutes and the fabric paint is machine washable.  Don’t worry!)



Chloe saw me working on her outfit first and was SO excited for all the hearts.  So when she finally put the outfit on, she was thrilled!  While we were taking pictures, she kept asking me questions like, “what color is my shirt? and what color are my pants? and what color is my headband?”  Then she asked me, “and what color is this little heart on my shirt?”  So I told her, “I’m pretty sure it’s purple!



She then cupped her little hand around the side of her mouth and whispered, “no mommy, it’s PINK!”  Ohhhhhh, right, pink. Ha.



This little 3 year old (who reminds us all the time that she’s almost 4) is happy as can be in her new “heart” outfit!


You’re welcome Chloe girl!



Want to make one too?


 Of course you do! :)



  • clothing that you want to stamp or add stencils to
  • fabric paint (I bought mine at Michaels)
  • paint brush
  • Freezer Paper (more on freezer paper here)
  • foam sheet
  • LOVE template (found here)


Let’s make the shirt first.


I’ve used freezer paper so many times in the past….and there’s a reason.  It’s cheap and makes an incredible iron-on stencil.  So cool!  I made the stencils for the shirt, just like the Burlap Name Bunting I made a few months ago.  I printed out the letters and heart that on needed from the computer and taped it to the window. Then I taped a piece of freezer paper over the letters and traced it onto the freezer paper.  (Make sure the smooth side is face down and you’re tracing onto the paper side of the freezer paper.)



Then cut out each of your letters and then lightly iron the paper down onto the shirt, making sure it’s centered and lined up just how you want it.



Then place a piece of cardboard (or folded up freezer paper) between the layers of your shirt…



…and then begin painting the letters and shapes of your design.  The more layers of paint you add, the darker it will be.



Once you have enough layers of paint, gently pull the freezer paper off the fabric, while the paint is still wet.



Let the paint dry completely (or use a hairdryer to speed up the process) and then place a thin piece of fabric down over the paint and use a hot iron to heat seal the paint.  And “WA-LA”…..your paint is machine washable!



For the pants, I created my own stamp by cutting a tiny heart from a piece of foam.  I made 2 hearts the exact same size so that I could stack it and make the heart a little thicker.



I glued the hearts together and then glued them to the top of an old chapstick tube so that my stamp would have a base to hold onto.  (But you could use anything…..look around your house!)



Then I began dipping the stamp into the paint and then onto the paints.  It went really fast!  Then I used a hairdryer to dry the front of the pants and then continued stamping on the back of the paints.



And that’s it!!!!

Valentine’s clothing complete!




Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Wendy says:

    Another wonderful project. Love it. Glad I missed the earlier unpleasant comment. —- I have made quite a few freezer paper stencils as well. I would like to add a few helpful suggestions. I agree with the other comment about putting the freezer paper in the printer as mentioned above. Saves a lot of time. I found that the freezer paper is a little thinner so I cut it to fit a regular sheet of printer paper and scotch tape them together in just a few places at the top edge of the paper. Then I cut them with an Exacto-o or razor knife over a cutting mat. — Also, I think you can use parchment paper for ironing over the paint when finished. —– Parchment paper and Reynold’s freezer paper can both be bought at grocery stores. —–Thanks for all your wonderful tutorials! I’d love to show you a few of the things I’ve made with my freezer paper stencils but don’t know if you allow people to post pics here. Let me know if you’d like to see them. — Wendy

  2. Kathie says:

    How did you so carefully and accurately cut out the letters? What type of scissors did you use? Your stencil looks so perfect, do you think anybody would be able to produce the quality stencil you made? I so want to do this project, but wonder if I could cut out the stencil with such accuracy as yours.

  3. Paulette S. says:

    Oh, I love this, Ashley! I have used freezer paper in this very method for years. I like to cut it with a craft knife on a glass mat, its a bit easier for my old hands. LOL I love that you take me back to the crafting I have done for my kids, that are having their own babies now. It’s so refreshing, to revisit some of these easy crafts. My grand daughter will be 3 in June and I often forward your fun things to my daughter too, who loves to craft as well. Your tutorials are picture perfect. Thanks so much!

  4. Rebeca says:

    Super cute & great idea!

  5. Kate says:

    Have you ever tried printing a design directly onto the freezer paper? Just cut the freezer paper to a standard paper size (e.g. A4) and print your design directly onto the freezer paper, saving yourself the tracing step. It works beautifully. You just need to make sure that you put the freezer paper in the printer the right way up so it prints on the paper side, not the waxy side.

  6. Natalie says:

    I was wondering where you get freezer paper! At Walmart?

  7. Renee says:

    Hi Ashley, I’m a bit late, didn’t see the nasty comment, but pleased you deleted it – don’t give mean people any oxygen, get rid of them! Thanks for this post, I have been wondering how to jazz up little dresses I’m making for my two granddaughters, aged one and three years old. Their playschool insists that their dresses have to have “proper” short sleeves (we live in Australia where the sun is very bad for kiddies) – no frilly “pretend sleeves” are allowed. Unfortunately, in our shops most little dresses for sale here have frilly sleeves. My daughter asked me to knock out a few dresses each! My quick solution was to buy T-shirts and add skirts to turn them into dresses. I’ve had fun and have been making various skirts – drop waist, pleated, gathered etc. With each dress I’ve been trying to customize the blouse part with either a pocket to match the skirt, or a frill around the neckline, big pockets on the skirt (to match the T-shirt) etc. I’m now running out of ideas. Why didn’t I think about stamping? THANK you, this is great, I shall start today, as I’d run out of ideas, you are truly inspirational! Can’t wait to see what Elli’s project will be! Please excuse the long post :)!

  8. leah says:

    Where are you guys moving?

  9. Sarah says:

    Congratulations on the 5th pregnancy! We’re super excited for you guys!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha……nope, not pregnant. :)

  10. julie says:

    thank you for a lovely tutorial I was looking for something just like this for my daughter to wear for church that was valentines but could be worn again. I am so making her this little outfit and I know she will love it . she is also 3 and will be 4 first week in April .

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh gosh, yep, about the same age as my Chloe! I’m sure she’ll love it too! (And yes, I love that it’s one of those year-round things!)

      Good luck!

  11. Becky says:

    I keep checking to see if you’ve shared your news yet!
    My guess is you’re moving?

    1. Ashley says:

      Give me a couple more days and I’ll totally share! :)

  12. Rana says:

    I love the way this turned out. I definitely want to do this for my daughter she would love it.

    I also want to add I love your blog. :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh good, you guys will love it!

      And thanks so much Rana!

  13. Julie says:

    So so adorable! Thank you for this tutorial! I really enjoy your blog

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Julie!

  14. Laura Hendrickson says:

    Ashley, I want to thank you so much for always putting your best out there to share with others. You are always so very encouraging and inspiring to people. Totally love this sweet Valentine outfit idea and I just have to say it… EVERYTHING you post on your blog! Really can’t thank you enough!

    1. Ashley says:

      Laura, really, thanks so much for your comment! Made me smile! :)

      And you’re so welcome!

  15. tamz says:

    oh I LOVE it! :) You’ve inspired me. I wonder how I can translate this craft into something for my boy toddler. Thanks for posting!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hmmmm, I may be posting something later this week for Connor and Oliver. We’ll see if I can squeeze it in! :)

    2. Elisheba says:

      When I saw little Oliver’s name, I totally thought of the olive picture with the word you written next to it. That would be so cute for a boy or girl, and it would be perfect for Oliver!

  16. Jennifer says:

    So cute! Good job! P.S.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Jennifer!

  17. Chelsey says:

    I have all the things needed for this project! I’m so excited!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh good, it’s a fun and quick one! :)

  18. Grandmom Lulu says:

    Hi, I love the idea of the shirt. I’m not as computer savy as you are. Would you please direct me to how I can find the letters you traced? Thank you so much. I’m quite a fan of your site. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

    1. Ashley says:

      How about I upload the print that I used and I’ll include it on my free pattern page. If you scroll up to “supplies” in the tutorial, I include the link there.

      Hope that helps!

  19. Erin says:

    Ashley, I just love when your posts appear in my inbox. You never fail to brighten my day with your cheer and creativity. And I might even have a go at a Valentine’s Day shirt for my newly 4 year old (why IS that such an exciting number??). Thanks for all you do!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, Erin, you’re so welcome! And YES, 4 is HUGE for these little ones!

      Thanks so much!

  20. Eva says:

    Ela está linda! Parabéns!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Eva!

  21. Zoe says:

    That’s cute! Sometimes it’s tempting to over-do embellishment, but you’ve really struck a balance between personalized and professional with this stamping! Gorgeous!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Zoe! I love how it turned out too! :) (P.S. your name is the best!)

  22. Diane W says:

    Please don’t take that mean comment to heart. I couldn’t believe what it said. Had to re-read it a few times. Ouch. But….prolly(!) most of us don’t care. I do love the outfit and my wheels are turning. Thank you for having such a clean, nice blog. I’ve learned a ton from you. Right down my alley, you are.

    1. Diane W says:

      And your children are ADORBS!!

    2. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks Diane…..and don’t worry, I didn’t! When comments are that blatantly mean and unnecessary, I figure they must have had the absolute worst day possible. And in that case, I hope it turns better for them.

      And thanks so much for the love, I’m glad you enjoyed this one! :)


  23. Keira says:

    This is so darling! And it looks fairly simple too which is great for all the beginners in being crafty (me ;)) And Chloe looks very sweet in her outfit too- thanks for fab post

    Keira xx

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Keira…..and you’re so welcome!

  24. Michele says:

    Aha! Hope I spelled that right lol. A clever way to make stencils and a stamper, you are soo smart and crafty. Thank you for another great project, I love it!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh gee……I’m pretty sure it’s spelled Ahhaw! ;)

      Thanks so much Michele!

  25. Lynne says:

    Ashley you amaze me all the time with the cute outfits you create! How do you even think of using chapstick as a stamp? My brain doesn’t work that way, I’m so glad yours does! Thanks for sharing the LOVE!

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwww…..thanks Lynne! The chapstick idea came to me while looking around the room after cutting out the foam hearts and I noticed it on the counter. Haha! Saved my bacon! :)

  26. Kelly says:

    To Stop being dumb-
    Maybe you could stop being mean. This is Ashley’s blog, not yours. If you don’t like the words she uses and the way she chooses to spell them don’t stop by. Didn’t your mother teach you any manners? If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all!

    1. Ashley says:

      If I could insert a smiley face icon blowing a kiss, I would. :)3 <-------- Does that look like puckered lips??? Haha!

  27. Emily says:

    So cute! I can see why Chloe like wearing her “heart” outfit! But, Ashley, I don’t do well with secrets and I’m dying to know what new and awesome thing is going on in your lives! :)

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re too sweet Emily! So soon, this not-so-huge secret will be out. I promise, it’s really not THAT big of a deal. But it will be easier to share once a few final steps take place. :)

      (I never like having a “secret” as a blogger. It’s kind of annoying. But I have been so MIA….ugggh.)

  28. Kelly says:

    Great job! I have three darling girls who will absolutely love making their own Valentines day outfits. And the chapstick stamp…GENIUS!!!
    Thanks for all you do.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…..thanks Kelly! The chapstick idea came to me while looking around the room and I noticed it on the counter. Haha! Saved my bacon! :)

  29. deleted says:


    1. Tiffany k says:

      Wow, that was not very nice. Ashley, I think you are fabulous and the shirt and pants is a cute way to dress something up.

    2. Anonymous says:

      hey u stop being dumb yourself of course she’s spelling it deliberately & even if she’s not so what that’s what it sounded like……….. stop being angry, the world don’t owe you anything…chillax.. Happy Valentine! ;D

      time & again a gem from Ashley…luv ya :)

    3. Tamar says:

      Something tells me Ashley is why too much of a lady and has so many other things going on in her life to concern herself with petty matters unlike Stop Being Dumb. Obviously SBD recognizes how that their comment was neither nice nor helpful hence hiding their name and using their stage name – ..Dumb

    4. Kristina says:

      Very rude. Just because you’re online and anonymous doesn’t make it okay to treat people badly. Ashley, feel free to delete that hateful comment–no one wants to see that, and you have a right to control what is displayed on your site.
      P.S. I’ve missed you and your sewing machine, too! Glad you’re back! :)

    5. SusanE says:

      Wow, so much for Valentine’s Day and spreading the love. You SBD are an unkind person. Ashley, however, you are very kind and sweet to share your love and gifts with us and your gorgeous children. Bless you, dear. And Happy Hearts Day!

    6. Ashley says:

      Hahaha……the comment (and the commenter’s name…..ha!) actually kind of made me laugh. The great thing about writing a carefree and lighthearted blog, is that you’re free to use whatever slang or goofy phonetic spelling you wish! (And yes, I know the spelling is VOILA!) This reader might be new around here and might not know that I have used plenty of phonetically spelled words and random slang around here for years. Totally fine. But that’s just how I roll. :) And even more, I like to play the “what if” game, to give people the benefit of the doubt. So “what if” this commenter just had a terrible day and I just happened to be the first person the commenter came across and the anger was coming from another place? I get that. And if that’s the case, it’s okay. :) (Steve hates when I play the “what if” game while we’re driving and someone cuts him off and I start creating a story of how the person has a loved one in the hospital and they’re trying to get there ASAP…in an attempt to curb the road rage. Ha!)

      But you guys are the best. Thanks for the love. I’m totally deleting the comment….but leaving the rest. Because even though the comment shocked me at first that the spelling was taken so offensively, it literally changed to something humorous for me in 2 seconds when I read through all of the other comments. Muah! (<------- ack, another phonetically spelled sound/word! ;) ) Life is so sweet. And so much better when it's enjoyed! -Ashley

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