You may remember that last year's 3rd grade class owned and operated their own real-money bracelet business. This year, the 3rd graders are making and selling t-shirts!
Our first t-shirt order came at the very beginning of the year. The middle school designed shirts to wear on their retreat way back in August. Because we had a short amount of time to fill this order, I wasn't able to do any documenting for the blog.
Our first order was such a success that we recently obtained a new customer! The Schusterman family is celebrating a family member's 70th birthday, and they wanted shirts for the occasion. So how does one go about making a shirt? Here are the steps!
STEP 1: PRESS THE SHIRT TO ELIMINATE MOISTURE AND WRINKLES
STEP 2: CENTER THE DESIGN ON THE SHIRT AND PRESS AGAIN. HOLD FOR 30 SECONDS.
STEP 3: RELEASE THE HEAT PRESS. VOILA!
The process may sound simple, but we did encounter some bumps along the way. For example, after spending hours printing the design onto the transfer paper, our first shirt came out with a backwards design! Whoops! I forgot that the images must be printed in reverse. Processing this mistake with the kids gave us an opportunity to discuss loss, a very common occurrence when running a business. Not only did we lose 30 sheets of transfer paper (on which I had printed the designs), but those transfers used lots of valuable ink from our printer, and I lost hours of time! When running a business, one little mistake can cost a lot. Lesson learned for all!
Next week we will work on calculating our earnings for this order.
Stay tuned to hear what the future has in store for Star Shirts!
Little people, big minds.