Print your favourite saying on a plain tee with a little help from Alyssa Zukas of Two String Jane.
Nothing beats stumbling upon a DIY that doesn’t require buying materials: this t shirt printing tutorial is one of them. What’s more, the only lengthy part to this project is cutting out the design, after that it’s a simple case of dabbing your way to the finish line. This printing technique can be used on cotton fabrics, too – great for personalising sewing projects. Put on some tunes while you craft, here’s a playlist.
You will need:
- Free template
- T-shirt or vest
- A blade
- A cutting surface
- Transparency film or freezer paper
- Two small sponges
- Two fabric paint shades
- Tin foil
Tip: Try practicing on spare fabric first to get the hang of using a stencil.
Tape the template design to a piece of film or freezer paper, and place on your cutting surface.
Carefully cut the film, tracing the design as closely as possible.
Once your stencil is complete, place on your t-shirt and secure with tape. Place a sheet of foil inside to protect the reverse.
Coat your sponge with a small amount of paint.
Sponge paint the first colour onto the shirt inside the stencil, using even pressure. Start around the edges and work towards the centre. Gently use a downward stamping motion to apply the paint. Do not wipe.
Paint the second colour using a fresh sponge, working towards the middle. Gently blend the colours together in the middle to create a smooth gradient.
Allow to air dry or use a hair dryer before peeling the stencil.
This project was originally featured in Mollie Makes issue 41. Take a look at other projects in this issue.