Renew the Old • Crafting – Gilmore Girls: I’ve Worked Eleven Years, Luke.

Renew the Old Crafting
Creating something new with recycled, old, or ordinary items.


“I’ve had 15,000 jobs.”


In Season 3, Episode 17, Kirk decides to start his 15,001st job selling t-shirts with humorous topical quotes from around town. The shirts are not “the hit” Kirk expected them to be. With the phrases “babette ate oatmeal!” and “Faux Poes Foes,” on them we quickly see they are 80% off at the Poe performance.

While Kirk’s shirts we not a hit in Stars Hollow they have become a hit in the Gilmore Girls fan base. One of the reasons I love his shirts so much is because Lorelai uses one of Kirk’s shirts to tell Rory she supports her and where the Princeton, Harvard, and Yale pro/con lists have shown she should attend college. Rory walks into her room to find it covered in the college’s gear and she also finds a pile of shirts on her bed that read, “rory’s going to yale!”

I have wanted one of Kirk’s shirts for a while so as someone who loves creating things myself I have decided to make it happen, hence today’s Renew the Old post!


The supplies:

-Plain Black Shirt ($2.50) Pat Catan’s.

-White Fabric Paint ($1.39) Walmart.

-ABC Stickers ($1.00 clearance find) Pat Catan’s.

-Ruler and Ballpoint Pen

***Total: $0 ($4.89 if I bought everything for this project)***


How to start:


I decided to start this project by practicing my idea first. To do this I took a sticker letter and placed it in my paint, picked it up, placed it as carefully as possible, and then removed it. The paint is not going to be perfect and that is where the ballpoint pen comes in. Over time I have tried many paintbrushes and I have found that when it comes to small details I have more control when using a ballpoint pen. I simply dip the pen in the paint and use it to fill out the print the letter left.

After testing this out, I moved onto the shirt. I used a ruler to keep everything straight across and then did what I explained above to start spelling out Babette. You will notice, there is quite the big smudge with the first letter B and few there after. Do not worry if this happens to you too! I simply used a black Sharpie to touch up any unwanted smudges (I could have also used black fabric paint). I slowly worked my way across the shirt, touching up my letters as I went to avoid making smudges as much as possible.

I allowed the paint to dry before touching up the last smudges with a Sharpie and “Bam! Colors coming out of your Ying-Yang!” Well not quite but now I have my own “babette ate oatmeal!” shirt and I am quite happy with how it turned out.


I hope you liked today’s Renew The Old! Let me know what you think in the comments.


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