Monday, August 4, 2014

Easy Fabric Paint T-shirt

Have you ever wanted to use fabric paint?

But you are intimidated by having to use an exacto knife and don't trust yourself to be able to use it to make a satisfactory freezer paper template.

All is not lost!

You don't need mad exacto knife skills to make way cool freezer paper stencils.  All you need is a cool paper punch.  Fiskars and Martha Stewart sell loads of different lever and press punches of all different shapes and sizes.  I grabbed a few coupons for Joann's and picked out 2 press punches, a large star and a small star.

  • Some kind of paper punch or punches
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • T-shirt
  • Fabric paint or fabric spray paint
  • Heavy paper folded to fit your t-shirt (from a paper bag), or cardboard t-shirt form

Here are my Fiskars star lever punches.

Punch a few or as many as you want.  Can you imagine how incredibly easy an American flag would be this these suckers?  I mean, shoot, stripes are easy.

Now, there is a positive and negative image.

I chose to use the negative image of my stars and placed and ironed my star cut outs in a random pattern along the under arm seam of a plain girl's t-shirt that I had in my stash.  Because I was using the negative template, I decided that I would take advantage of my Tulip fabric spray paint.  You don't need fabric spray paint.  You can use regular old fabric paint and a brush if you want.  I've done it, and it too can look good.  It is all a matter of taste.

After the paint dries, remove your stencils slowly and carefully.

 I love the spray fabric paint.  It can be just as fun as the regular fabric paint, and it can really leave a great and unique silhouette of your stencil.

Now, there's the money shot.  Most girls I know would think this t-shirt was pretty cool.  It sure seemed to please my niece.

Hopefully, this tutorial gave a few more crafters the courage to delve into waters they thought were too deep.


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  1. This is such a cute project Kelley. I'm dating myself when I tell you that we used to do similar t-shirts back in the 80's! I did not know you could buy these cool paper punches. Looks like a trip to the craft store is in my future! Thanks for sharing your post.

    Val @

    1. Thanks, Val! They do have some really cool punches out there. I recently saw a super cute elephant one.