Day 1 – Skeleton T-Shirt


Happy October, friends! This morning I woke up to Northern California’s 75 degree weather and found myself wishing for autumn as I remember it being on the East Coast. Thankfully, today marked the first day of my Thirty Days of Halloween list, so I couldn’t wallow in fall nostalgia for too long before jumping in and creating fall for myself!

Today’s project was pretty easy, which was good because I didn’t end up starting it until 11:30 at night. Today was 1 of my 2 weekly off days from work, so I spent the morning relaxing and watching Netflix, and then the afternoon doing a deep cleaning of the apartment for a Games Night we were hosting for Dillon’s lab peers. But after they headed home, I jumped right into the first craft!

I originally saw an image of this idea on Pinterest, and traced the source back to Martha Stewart’s website. We already had a couple of extra white t-shirts from when Dillon and I did tie-dyeing a few weeks ago, so I printed the ribcage templates and got right to it.


I ended up eyeballing the tracing instead of cutting out the pattern, which saved me time. It might have been a neater process if I had cut out the template instead… or it might have made everything unnecessarily more complicated. Who knows?


The cutting was the harder part. I owned a great pair of scissors back in college that cut through fabric like butter, but I had to make do with what we have now. It took a little longer than expected, so I only did the front.

The shirts we had were large on Dillon so I knew that I’d be swimming in them, and the size ended up affecting how the skeleton design looked quite a bit.

Finished Product

If I were to do it again, I’d definitely get a shirt that fit me a little better. Regardless, I think it’s a pretty cute shirt that is definitely skeleton-y. Sort of.


Tune in tomorrow! I’ll be making Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers. And I promise that by the end of these 30 days I’ll be a slightly better writer/blogger. 😉


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