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Monday, October 24, 2011

Simple Bat T-shirt Tutorial



My kids aren’t the type to go overboard on theme dressing, but I thought a nice, subtle Halloween-inspired t-shirt would be in order to get them in the spirit of things.


Materials Needed:
Freezer paper, silhouette (or cutting tool or Exacto Knife)
Fabric paint
Brush
t-shirt
card stock

After wining and dining my Silhouette machine, she obliged by being oh so accommodating with my bats. I loaded up the machine with freezer paper and let her cut away. (This was actually the first time I’d tried freezer paper).

Step one) cut shape into freezer paper(with either a cutting machine or hand tool like an exacto knife)


Step two) Iron freezer paper to t-shirt (shiny side of freezer paper down.)

Step three) place a piece of card stock in between front and back of t-shirt to prevent bleeding.


Step four) using a brush (I found a foam brush worked better than a bristle brush) apply fabric paint to the stencil area.

Step five) let dry overnight

Step six) carefully peel away freezer paper once paint is completely dry.


I love fabric paint! It won’t bleed during washing! The only thing I haven’t figured out yet it how to apply fabric paint graphics to let’s say a black t-shirt. Do you need to bleach the stenciled shape first??

5 comments:

  1. That t-shirt looks great! I haven't explored fabric paint at all yet! Might be a project for the next holidays though!

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    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  2. This might just be the solution to no costumes at school on Halloween. Feel free to link up your tutorial with me anytime with your crafts. Mr. Linky is still open this week. I bet my readers would love this.

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  3. When I stencil on dark shirts, I fill in the freezer paper stencil with white and let that dry. Then I apply the color that I actually want to use for the stencil after that. I haven't tried to do this with black shirts, but I have used this technique on dark pink shirts and it worked pretty well. I was worried that the shirt would be stiff with 2 layers of paint but my picky daughter is fine with it!

    Very cute tutorial!
    ~ Jean

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  4. Thanks, Jill! Theresa, I'm on my way to visit you! And Jean, thnks so much for the helpful advice! I just love graphics on black t-shirts (better than on white t-shirts) but the last time I tried to apply color to a black t-shirt, I failed misterably. I will try to go over it in white paint first and see what happens!

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  5. Very cute little bats! Looks easy enough even for me. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!
    shannonsews.blogspot.com

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