Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Race Car Rainbow Shirt


My best friend Trisha’s son turned four this week. Gosh how the time flies! Seems like only yesterday that my former college roommate was calling me up on the phone to tell me she was pregnant!

My little buddy Isaac is really into rainbows and cars. When Trisha and I were talking one day about his rainbow obsession, and about how he needed new clothes, my mind began to wander to the fact that there probably aren’t any clothes out there made for little boys with rainbows on them. (I could go on a long-winded rant right now about gender stereotyping and marketing for children, but that is not what this post is about. I will save it for another day.) So a thought popped in my head and I set out to make him a rad t-shirt that combined his two passions.

Being a printmaker at heart, I naturally turned to rubber stamp carving. I used non-toxic fabric paint instead of my usual printmaking inks.

I ended up changing my mind about using the stamp for the rainbow part of the design. Test runs (on some of my son’s bibs) were not turning out right printing by hand, so I used fabric crayons for the rainbow instead. I drew it on, with a piece of stiff cardboard inserted between the layers of fabric. Then, I carefully set the rainbow with an iron.

I thought it turned out well, and the best part is, Isaac loves his gift.

Although, he looks a bit stunned in this photo from having his picture taken.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

10 thoughts on “Race Car Rainbow Shirt

  1. I love it! And I completely understand about gender stereotyping. Between painting toenails, carrying purses, pushing pink strollers, and having baby dolls, I get a lot of comments about what boys are supposed to do and be. It can be very frustrating!

    • Good for you for not caving in to it! Kids are kids, and the only ideas they have about what is or is not ok for a specific gender comes from adults. And it is perfectly normal for kids to like activities or colors that we adults may decide are too “girly” or “boyish”.

  2. That’s awesome. I bet he’ll wear it everyday if he’s allowed. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. SUPER COOL shirt! Well done!

  4. I used to carve stamps and do letterboxing years ago, but I haven’t in ages. (If you have never heard of letterboxing, you should google it, and check it out. Super fun and lots of Maine boxes!)

    Your t-shirt idea came out awesome!


  5. Awesome! What a cool friend you are (rad, even! ;D).

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