Making Tees Personal and Perfect with KC Batik {Review and Giveaway}

Every once in a while you get the chance to meet someone who is just so super creative that it makes you green with envy.  No matter what they try it turns out perfectly.  And if the person wasn’t so darn nice, you might just resent their talent.  But you don’t.  Instead you feel super special to get to watch them grow and develop and find their niche.  And that is exactly how I feel about Kristen from KC Batik.

Kristen and I actually go back a few years since we use to be next door neighbors.  Her family moved in when I was pregnant with MillerBug and she was pregnant with her second child (who just happened to be a boy too).  She also had an older child who J-Man clicked with instantly and so our families just naturally saw a lot of each other – especially when we were both home after the boys were born.  And we would stand out in the driveway and talk while our kids played about how we wanted to create a way to stay home with our kiddos but still do the things we loved.  And for Kristen that was crafts!  She would run out with a new canvas she had just painted or tell me about a new technique she was trying and they were always so darn cute!  And I, being so wise (haha), told her she should open up her own shop!

Well, time passed and her family moved away (which nearly broke J-Man’s heart) but we kept in touch.  And it didn’t surprise me at all when late last year, she sent me a message to let me know she had found her niche and was creating custom t-shirts using the batik technique.  Now, my first question, being not the super crafty person was “Huh?  What is that?”  And so she explained:

These tee shirts are made using a method called batik. Hot wax is applied to the fabric using a tjaunting tool. Where the wax is applied to the fabric is where it will remain white in the design.  Procion MX fabric dye is then applied to the design to create a whimsical, colorful image. This dye is NOT RIT dye. It adheres to the core of the fabric, not just to the outer layer. This greatly reduces fading over time!  And since they can be custom made with the wearer’s favorite things, they are perfect for kids and adults alike!

Now, most of it went straight over my head in the technical sense.  But when she sent MillerBug a custom t-shirt, I was amazed at how super cute it was.  Instead of the design being printed on so that it could crack or peel, it was like it was made into the shirt!

Now, several things made this shirt instantly one of our favorites.  First, the design was super cute.  She offers boy, girl and adult designs and from what I’ve seen there is not much she can’t do – she even has a Bigfoot shirt available!  Second, I didn’t have to worry about any kind of special care because the dye was essentially a part of the shirt.  Let me say, we received our shirt in December and I’ve washed it at least a dozen times so far and the color stays fabulous each and every time.  This is how it looked just this morning, after being washed weekly for two months.

 Third, it is uniquely MillerBug’s.  I don’t have to worry that I’m going to see other children in the same shirt because even though Kristen offers some of the same designs, each one is slightly different.

Out of all of MillerBug’s shirts, this has got to be the most durable and cutest in his collection.  He even goes to this closet and pulls it out each day because he loves it and points to the train on his tummy when he wears it.  I could really sit here all day and rave about how fabulous these shirts are but you just can’t get it till you actually get it!  So, be sure to head on over to KC Batik on Etsy today and pick up your favorite design for yourself or your little one – or let Kristen custom create a shirt that in individually you!  And I’d love if you’d show her some love on Facebook and Twitter!

But wait!  One of my lucky readers is going to get to try out a KC Batik creation of their very own.  I promise it will become your favorite shirt in no time at all!  The winner will get to choose their shirt and work with Kristen to make sure it’s perfect for them!

So what are you waiting for?  Entry is super easy thanks to Rafflecopter!  Just use the form below!

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Giveaway open to residents of the US only.  The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  We received no compensation for this post.


  1. Debbie Drehman (Velez) says:

    I love love the rainbow! :)

  2. Elizabeth Kasson

    The hoot owl shirt, love it!

  3. christie lopanec says:


  4. I personally Love !! the Owl + i like the name personalization added : )

  5. Oh my! they are all soo cute. I think for my kiddo the two top choices are the Miss Pea Peacock and the Hoot Owl!!

  6. julie murphy says:

    the ga rden tee

  7. Caitlin Clark says:

    I rather liked the peacock, the hot air balloons, and the butterfly and flower designs!

  8. Vintage Bronco Tee shirt

  9. Cara Esquibel says:

    The owl

  10. Michaela K says:

    Wow, there are so many super cute designs it’s hard to pick just one. I adore the Miss Pea Peacock but the monkey would be perfect for my son.

  11. Paula Lee says:

    I like the Batik Darth Vader Tee Shirt

  12. Mary Ann Knox

    My favorite is the Butterfly tee shirt! Beautiful, yet simple!

  13. OMG these are so flipin cute

  14. Terri Herman says:

    Love the butterfly tee. And the garden tee. And the . . . :)

  15. Julie Rupert says:

    I like the pirate ship and also the Darth Vader

  16. rebeka deleon says:

    Your favorite place batik Tee shirt

  17. nikki krutz

    Custom Personalized Train Batik Tee Shirt

  18. nicole

    Batik Miss Pea Peacock Tee Shirt

  19. Melissa Hartley

    Hoot Owl t-shirt :)
    Thank you..

  20. the rainbow

  21. The Batik In the Garden Tee Shirt is my favorite!

  22. tara b.

    i like the Batik Darth Vader Tee Shirt :)

  23. nichol tone says:

    I like over the rainbow

  24. I like the Pirate Ship tee.

  25. Debra Hall

    VW Camper Batik Tee Shirt

  26. big foot :)

  27. I like the hoot owl tee

  28. I love them all they are so cute … To many to choose from … if I win I have to think about what Kids I would want to get this for !! ;)

  29. Kimberly Schotz

    I like Miss Pea Peacock

  30. Terri C. McMillan says:

    Love Bigfoot Design

  31. amybelle2001

    darth vader

  32. the hoot owl is awesome

  33. my son would really like the train, I really like the hearts.

  34. alena svetelska

    owl shirt

  35. All the owls are great and Miller’s train is awesome!

  36. I think the Darth Vader shirt is kind of adorable! Love the Favorite Place one too.

  37. Monica Lavoie says:

    Over the Rainbow.


  38. The Clines says:

    I love the Chasing Balloons Batik Tee Shirt

  39. natalie nichols says:

    I love the BigFoot tee!

  40. shanda shaw

    I like the hearts and owl.

  41. The owl is cute

  42. Kara Jeremias says:

    Dawwwh… loove the Owl.

  43. I love the hoot owl

  44. Paol Trenny says:

    I like the VW Camper Batik Tee Shirt—– Pauline aka Paol Trenny ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  45. Brittany

    Batik Darth Vader Tee Shirt – Made to Order

  46. Stephanie L. says:

    I like the hearts

  47. I like the Batik In the Garden Tee Shirt

  48. Lovely! Especially like the peacock and the butterfly =)

  49. Susan Ladd

    I like Batik Bigfoot in the Forest Tee Shirt the best. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep:) Thanks !!!

  50. I like bigfoot

  51. I really like the Batik In the Garden Tee Shirt. There are so many amazing shirts! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

  52. The Chasing Balloons t-shirt is awesome since we went to see hot air balloons and loved it!

  53. I love the VW t shirt!

  54. I love the owl print shirts. My Grand Son would love the Train! So cute.

  55. Michele Behlen

    My grandson would love Darth Vader

  56. Jennifer R says:

    The Hoot Owl Tee Shirt is my favorite design.

  57. Marthalynn says:

    My favorite is the Hearts Batik Tee!

  58. Melissa S

    The Darth Vader tshirt is my favorite.

  59. Fave is the dinosaur tee.

  60. nannypanpan says:


  61. The Custom Personalized Train Shirt – my son is a huge fan of trains!
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  62. jamie braun says:

    im lovin the Over the Rainbow Tee Shirt

  63. michelle Perry says:

    Monkey tee

  64. Holly C

    Batik in The Garden

  65. peggy fedison

    i like the peacock design the best

  66. Carissa joslyn

    Batik Bigfoot in the Forest Tee Shirt
    because I’m terrified of bigfoot. legit .

  67. Brooke Kahon says:

    Batik Ms Pea Peacock!

  68. The Owl Tee or the Darth Vader Tee.
    Amie Olson

  69. Tiffiny Palm

    I like the monarch butterfly

  70. Carmen Woody

    there soooooo cute my granddaughters name is Georgia and we cant find anything with her name

  71. golden storm says:

    i like the owl tee

  72. The Hoot Owl Tee is my fave!

  73. Audra Weathers says:

    I like the bigfoot in the forest tee shirt; too hysterical!

  74. The Hoot Owl Tee Shirt is my favorite!

  75. Michele Erez says:

    The train shirt for my little guy!

  76. I love the owl or darth vader…cool!

  77. Lauren Rochon

    My favorite item is the Hoot Owl T-Shirt.

  78. I love her stuff! I especially like the dinosaur design, the hoot owl, and the chasing balloons (:
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  79. The Darth Vader

  80. Stephanie from CT says:

    i love the pink one with the hearts

  81. Michelle Frame says:

    I love the Your favorite place batik Tee shirt-Made to Order

  82. I like: Over the Rainbow Tee Shirt

  83. Heather Garcia

    Batik Darth Vader Tee Shirt

  84. I know my daughter would love the Owl Tee Shirt!

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  85. Gennie Lancaster

    Batik Miss Pea Peacock Tee Shirt is my favorite!

  86. Melissa Myers

    I have serious love of owls, so obviously the owl shirt.

  87. I love Batik in the Garden!

  88. Ruben Ramos

    Over the Rainbow Tee Shirt

  89. I love ollie the owl shirt!

  90. Rebecca Peters says:

    I love miss pea peacock

  91. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I like batik in the garden

  92. I like the monkey tee

  93. jules mcnubbin

    Pirate Ship Tee

  94. Brittney House says:

    hoot owl shirt

  95. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Awhhh the Darth Vader tee!

  96. I like the girl’s car shirt.

  97. I like the Darth Vader design.

  98. Lisa Garner says:

    I love the Over The Rainbow tee!

  99. Hoot Owl Tee Shirt

  100. Tanya Bartlett

    The owl shirt

  101. Batik Darth Vader Tee Shirt

  102. Charlene Shaver says:

    My fave is the Monkey Tee Shirt :)

  103. Lori Hoffman says:

    My grandson would love the dinosaur design!!

  104. All the designs are so cute

  105. Rylie Origon says:

    The owls are all cute!!

  106. susan smoaks

    my favorite design is the chasing balloons

  107. Lesley M.

    I love the hot air balloon shirt!

  108. jessica schueler

    Batik Bigfoot in the Forest Tee Shirt

  109. Erica L.

    hoot owl

  110. Kari Flores says:

    My favorite is the Batik Darth Vader Tee Shirt.

  111. I like the hearts best!
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  112. Darlene Jones-Nelson

    Mrs Pea Peacock

  113. Veronica Garrett says:

    The Vintage Bronco is my favorite desgn.

  114. rae ramos says:

    my grandson likes Batik Bigfoot in the Forest

  115. I like the favorite place t-shirt

  116. crystal allen says:

    the Hearts Batik Tee-Made to Order is my fave thanks

  117. cassandra mccann
  118. I love the train…

  119. brandi glenn says:

    Yea I have to agree the owls are very cute! You are amazing at this!

  120. I like the Vintage Bronco tee.

  121. Wendy Mastin says:

    I would like to Custom a Personalized Batik Tee Shirt

  122. I love the owls!

  123. Chrystal Drew

    the hoot owl and the garden and the cutest :)

  124. the pirate ship shirt. its amazing. my 5 and 4 year olds are obsessed with pirates.

  125. the pirate ship tee

  126. Teresa Vincent says:

    I love the Hearts

  127. Pink Tee with hearts


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