I have been torn lately because I found some cute ideas for Christmas gifts, but since I need them to be a surprise, I can't post them yet. They aren't Christmas themed, so they will work for any time of the year. I'll post what I've been working on after Christmas!
In the meantime, I tried freezer paper stenciling. My cousin-in-law (I hate that term) is a pro at freezer paper stenciling and has a great tutorial on her blog, so check it out for detailed instructions. Basically, you can create your own stencil for fabric painting with freezer paper, which you can pick up at Walmart or a grocery store.I tried my hand at the stenciling, and although it can be time consuming depending on how intricate your design is, it is pretty fool-proof and therefore, a great project for me!
I decided to do a few pirate-themed skull and crossbones shirts with a few images I got off of Google. Here they are with the stencil still stuck to them.
And here are the finished products! I think they turned out pretty well for my first time. The boy shirt did bleed a little outside of the stencil, but I kind of like the effect!
I also made a few more girl versions in pastel colors and made a matching tutu to go with them. These sets would make great birthday gifts as well. I'll probably be selling these on my Etsy website soon.