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Birthday Pirate Shirt


When my son makes a decision he sticks to it.  The past two Halloween’s I asked him to pick a costume in August and he stuck to that choice. For TWO months.

Oh, did I mention he is three?

His birthday is next month, March, so in December I mentioned that we needed to start thinking about a theme for his birthday party.

Without hesitation he asked for a Skeleton Birthday party.

We were in the car with my husband and we were talking about it and this is what was said:

Hubby: do you want a Dia de Muertos party?
Ian: No dad. A skeleton party.
Hubby: I know but a Dia de Muertos party has skeletons…
Ian: No Dad! a skeleton party because skeletons are my favorite.  Skeletons, turtles and seals are my favorites.

So I started planning a skeleton party.  For about a week.  Until we got a catalog with party supplies in the mail.

Ian looked through it for a few days.  He kept talking about who was going to have what party.  He then said “This boy is gonna have a pirate birfday party” while pointing to his chest.

After some discussion we decided to have a pirate party instead of a skeleton party.  There was still almost three months to plan.

He has not changed his mind, but he has picked out his next five party themes.

I wanted to make him a shirt for his birthday party.  My Silhouette Cameo has the ability to cut heat transfer material to iron on clothes.

I designed a shirt with a skull and crossbones wearing a birthday party hat and the words “Birthday Pirate” instead of ‘Birthday Boy’

It was going to be a surprise but when the only time you have to work on something is when the kids are home nothing is a surprise.   Everyday he asked where his skeleton shirt was and if he could wear it.


I was finally able to say yes, and he was so excited.  Only about 2 months before his party.

You can read about the process in a three part series starting here.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs, so pursue the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!


  1. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  2. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  3. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  4. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  5. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  6. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  7. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  8. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  9. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  10. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress
  11. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  12. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  13. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  14. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  15. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  16. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  17. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  18. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  19. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  20. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  21. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  22. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  23. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  24. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  25. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  26. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  27. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  28. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  29. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  30. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  31. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  32. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  33. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  34. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  35. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  36. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  37. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  38. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  39. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  40. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  41. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  42. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  43. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  44. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True

Happy Crafting


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3 thoughts on “Birthday Pirate Shirt

  1. Pingback: Cheap, but still cheerful - hosting a child’s party on a budget - The Real Supermum

  2. I think skeleton party is a great idea. 🙂

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