Today, we put on our creative caps and decided to make some homemade graphic t-shirts. We bought some cheap t-shirts from Target and Wal-Mart and got the fabric paint at Jo-Ann’s.
First, you design something, and then you trace that design onto freezer paper. (Sara kept calling it wax paper, but it is different. One side is paper which makes it easy to draw on, and the other is a plastic which allows you to iron it onto fabric).
Then, you use an exacto/utility knife to cut out anything that you want printed and leave the things you don’t want printed, essentially making a negative of your design.
After it is all cut out, you center it onto the shirt and iron it on, we used a medium heat and no steam. In Sara’s words, “Just do it until it sticks.”
Now, you are ready to print! We used those cheap foamy/spongy brushes and some Tulip brand Glacier White fabric paint. I applied two coats 10 minutes apart, Sara did one coat on some and two coats on other parts of her pattern for a more rustic feel.
We let that dry for 15 minutes and then peeled the freezer paper stencil off of the shirts. We let the shirts dry flat for another 3.75 hours before putting them on and taking a picture.
Sara is sporting her own DIY t-shirt with a DIY headwrap she made the day before, I’m just wearing the shirt that I made. . . okay, not JUST the shirt that I made, otherwise this site wouldn’t be suitable for general viewing, or really anyone’s viewing.