We people with diabetes have an invisible disease, but that doesn’t mean we can’t wear our pancreases on our sleeve! Announcing the Diabetes T-Shirt Design Challenge.
Create a diabetes-themed tee and share it with the world. It can be funny, serious, snarky, simple, crafty, hip — whatever you want. Tell the world what you think about diabetes, your pancreas, the food police, your support team, your insulin pump, . . . The possibilities are endless. All you need is a plain T-shirt, an idea, and a little craftiness. For example, here’s one Lisa made last year:
After you make your T-shirt, be sure to upload a picture and write about it on Friday, November 5th, the first ever “DiabeTees Day.” That gives you three full weeks from Friday to make your shirt and at least NINE whole days to give it that vintage, well-worn look before World Diabetes Day. If you make a shirt, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to link to everyone who’s joining in.
How do you make a T-shirt? There are several ways, and most involve an iron. You can do what
we our parents did in the 70s: you buy puffy letters and glittery iron-ons at the craft store, lay them out on your shirt, fire up the iron, and let the world know your pancreas just won’t keep on truckin’. (Sorry, got distracted there.) Or you can use some software to design your own iron-ons, which you then print out and apply to your shirt. There are also more web-sites than you can shake a stick at that will make T-shirts with your own design; but I don’t know anything about them.
Whatever you decide, just remember these three things:
- Friday, November 5, 2010, is DiabeTees Day.
- Post a picture of your shirt on your site, Flickr, etc.
- Leave a comment below with the link.
And have fun!
BTW, the pancreas in the picture above is from I Heart Guts, a great website with lots of fun plush toys, pins, and stickers of your insides. Check ‘em out!
. . . And, there’s already a website in the UK called DiabeTees. I hope they don’t mind that I’m borrowing “DiabeTees.” Maybe if we all go check out their store, they’ll feel less chagrin.