I created this graphic to use with iron-on transfer paper (inkjet printers only). When one of my reluctant readers began to approach fluency, I made the remark that he was becoming a reading machine. I told him I would have to make him a shirt that said so! He didn't forget, and he held me to my off-handed comment. Now each of my early readers looks forward to earning a reading machine shirt someday!
To give you an idea of the cost to create these shirts, I purchased the solid color tees for $1 (clearance deal) and $3 (regular price) each.
The iron-on transfer paper designed for light-colored shirts cost around $8 for 6 individual sheets.
The iron on transfer paper designed for dark-colored shirts is $11 for 5 sheets.
Altogether, the total cost for me to make the shirts pictured in the preview was roughly $3 for the light pink v-neck and about $5 for the navy blue crew neck.
Once you buy the graphic, you can print it as many times as you like, so the more reward shirts you make, the better the value. You can resize the image using your printer settings to make the graphic whatever size you like, up to 8.5" x 11". I have included the original image and the backward image in this zip file, as different transfer papers have different instructions. The light-colored shirt I made used the backward image, and the dark-colored shirt did not. You are covered either way.
I have been pleased with how the iron-on transfers have lasted over time. Of course, the quality of the iron-on transfer paper will vary by brand, and there are several brands to choose from, depending on where you buy. The graphic on the shirts I have made has weathered over time and after multiple washes in the machine, but in my opinion, it only makes the shirt look more vintage. And vintage is in!
My readers love these shirts. They are a great way to reward reluctant readers, emerging readers, and voracious readers. Let's celebrate reading achievements!