Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DIY Personalized Shirts Tutorial

Make your own boutique style

Fabric paint pens (Michael's)
T-shirt (I got mine from Target)
Old t-shirt to practice on

1. Wash and iron shirt. This is crucial because the paint won't adhere to the sizing on the fabric.
2. Design your pattern. I did mine on MS Word and printed it out on regular paper.
3. Tape your design to a piece of cardboard that will fit inside the practice t-shirt. This will prevent bleeding onto the back of the shirt and give you a flat surface to work on
4. Practice with the paint pen. Hold the shirt tight, but don't overstretch or it will distort your design. My first design was a cupcake and it looked too amateur. The dotted circle looked much better. It will also help you figure out the best technique. I found that almost dotting the fabric gave the best results.
5. Now tackle the actual t-shirt!
6. Hang the t-shirt to dry for 24 hours.
7. Turn t-shirt inside out and iron the back of the design to set the paint.
8. Voila! You have a cute t-shirt!

Matching shorts really make the outfit look like a set. I already had both pairs. They were from Once Upon a Child.

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