As it’s Children in need day tomorrow I thought I’d show you how I created a print onto a child’s t-shirt for ‘show your spots day’ at my sons school to raise money.
You can apply this technique to any design of course. This tutorial will be useful to you if you’ve had trouble getting fabric pens or paint to apply neatly and without the t-shirt fabric moving around on you! I’ve included some step-by-step pictures to help.
- A design you wish to apply to the T-shirt printed onto copy paper (Design used in this project is a free colouring page here)
- Large piece of card (Large cereal box will do)
- Repositional spray adhesive
- Fabric Pens (I used Dylon Broad Nib in Black)
- Fabric Paint/Dye ink (I used decolourant plus)
- Hairdryer (if you don’t want to wait for it to dry)
- T-shirt (I used plain white but use any colour suitable for your paint and pens)
- Circle foam sponge
Spray repositional adhesive to both sides of card and design paper. Position both of these in between the layers of your t-shirt so you can see the design clearly. This may be more difficult with darker fabrics. Smooth out as pictured on both sides of the shirt. Take time to make sure all parts of your design are stuck to the shirt. As this is key to getting a neat finish.
Use your fabric pens to complete the design.
Once you’ve finished tracing your design. Double check you haven’t missed any areas.
To fix the design follow the steps given to you on your chosen pen. For mine I simply had to iron to fix the design. Leave the cardboard in place to stop bleed-through of the paint
To achieve this particular design, use a round ended sponge. You can cut one out of dense foam. Dab the sponge shape into the paint a few times to get an even coverage. Don’t over load as this with cause the bleeding of the shape. As this is a circle I was able to a give slight twist to the application and it gave me a nice smooth finish to the edge. You may want to practice this on some spare, similar type fabric first.
Apply one colour at a time front and back, using the hairdryer to dry out each set of spots before turning your t-shirt over. You’ll know when Decolourant is dry as it goes slightly rough like paint texture. (Note: once washed, the texture will be washed out and will be left with a non textured, dyed finish, unlike a typical fabric paint)
Decolourant plus requires ironing to fix the dye/paint. Wash your clothing according to guidelines on the clothing and for the paint used.
WahLaa! Your finished, it really didn’t take that long huh?!
Use these t-shirts to help raise money for Children in need.
I hope you found this useful, Thanks for checking out my blog.