The idea for Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts first came up whilst Billie and I were running the Decker Half Marathon event back in December. I had been thinking of printing up race t-shirts with our names on them, but that seemed a little weird somehow, so I was trying to come up with an alternative that would enable and encourage the marathon crowd to cheer for us on race day.

The Cat In The Hat is one of Alexander’s favourite bedtime story books, and somehow Thing 1 and Thing 2 just popped into my head, and I just knew that was what I wanted to race in.

The execution was trickier than I thought it would be.
– iron ons apparently don’t work on polyester/dri-fit type fabrics
– custom t-shirt type places wanted us to use their t-shirts and/or required minimum quantities of anywhere between 6 and 50 pieces and had very long lead times to guarantee delivery.

So we came up with the idea of ironing on the design to white cotton t-shirt and then cutting out the design and attaching it to our chosen red dri-fit Nike shirt.

Mark put together the image and helped with the iron-on process.
Ironing Reversed

Then I cut out the designs and tacked them onto the shirts.
Ironed on Tacked

And finally Heather sewed the images onto the shirts.
Finished shirts Thing 1

Voila! Thing 1 and Thing 2!

Yay Things!
Go Things

2 thoughts on “Things

  1. I know this is an old blog post but I wanted to say that you have a great idea for combining heat transfers with a wicking running shirt.
    I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to get a design on a shirt for a Halloween 5K. Thanks for the insight!!

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