Here is an easy, low-cost gift to make your man for Valentines Day that will bless his butt and heart. Years ago my husband was going through a particularly tough time at work.
There was much job insecurity, long meetings, negotiations and personnel changes. He would call me on breaks or on his way to the restroom for updates and heavy sighs. I wanted some way to encourage him and remind him of God’s promises. Voila! The custom, encouraging “Hubby Undie” was born.
Just take a pair of plain white or gray underwear (doesn’t matter if it’s briefs or boxers—but woven boxers are MUCH easier than T-shirt material briefs to work with) and a black or red Sharpie™ pen. If you’re using white undies, you could get a whole range of colorful Sharpie’s of course, but most men prefer simple to psychedelic.
Get an extra piece of cardboard or thick paper/paper shopping bag or plastic and insert it under the fabric where you are going to write so your scribbles don’t bleed through to the other side.
You can trace cookie cutters for hearts, stars or whatever. Or just draw freehand. The point is not to be an amazing artist but to speak to his heart. One pair I made for him just had lots of encouraging scripture verses all over it. The theory was that when he took a bathroom break, he could gaze upon these hopeful messages and remember that he wasn’t alone. You might want to consider turning the undies and writing your messages upside down, so that when he looks down, the writing is facing him and easy to read.
Again, if you want to write words on them, the woven boxers are easy. Briefs, or “Tighty whities” are hard to write on, the knit material snags and grabs the pen. Once the words and designs are drawn on, set the color of the Sharpie designs by ironing over them or tumbling in a dryer for 15 minutes.
Wash after drawing in cold water and with rags/beach towels that you don’t care about. Thereafter I’ve found that they don’t bleed. (Actually, I’ve found they never bleed). They will fade eventually, but not much. Your mileage may vary.
If you have briefs or undies made of knit (Tshirt material) you might want to try iron transfer paper. Here is an example of trying to write on knit material, not so tidy!
Just create whatever sayings you want to print out and then FLIP the image so it is backwards before you print. If you don’t do this, the words will be backwards once you iron them on. (He’ll only be able to read your love notes in the mirror!) After you cut out the images or words you want, follow the directions on the package for ironing them on. I didn’t leave the iron on the image nearly as long as they asked because the images are small. If I was ironing on an 8.5 x 11 Tshirt image I would. I only ironed it about 30 seconds with my heavy Rowenta iron.
Whether you draw something about him being a “Man of Steel” or just lots of hearts, these custom Hubby Undies will surprise and bless his heart. And most husbands love it when you do something that didn’t cost a lot of money.