Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hiding Stains, free tutorial

More shirts have been stained in this house!!!  I hate having to buy new shirts when a perfectly good shirt has a small stain.  So I came up with a solution!!  A printed T-shirt.

I wanted to share this tutorial with you to help save your sanity as well!  It is actually a ton of fun to do!  And I feel so thrifty!  This is my second try at this, the first time I spayed the shirt it didn't work out.  But no worries, that shirt is used for jammies now!  I actually have 2 shirts at the end for you to see the difference.

Supplies needed:
T-shirt or fabric of choice
Freezer Paper(found at grocery store)
Cardboard(I didn't have any on hand so I used more freezer paper)
Fabric Paint(I used a spray the first time and it leaked through so I used a paint brush the second time and it was wonderful)

Here is a picture of the shirt I used.  With the stains included.

 Step 1:
Draw and cut out the image that you would like on the shirt, using the freezer paper.  If you are not an artist no worries, there are plenty of clip art images out there that you could use.  Make sure when you are putting your image on the freezer paper that the wax side is down.

Step 2:
Iron the freezer paper onto your shirt.  Make sure you have it on really well, if not the paint will leak through and your image will be smeared.  I added some of the extra pieces of freezer paper to cover the other areas of the shirt, but if you would like you can just tuck this underneath when spraying.

Step 3:
Before you paint your image you will need to add some cardboard or more freezer paper in between both layers of the shirt.  This prevents the image from leaking to the back side.

Step 4:
Make sure you follow the directions on the bottle of paint that you have, they will help this to be successful for you.  Spay or paint your image, making sure not to use too much paint.  Let dry for at least an hour before taking off the freezer paper.  My paint said not to wash for 48 hours.

Now you have a shirt to enjoy!!  I have 2 shirts shown because the one with the bird print I used the spray on and the spay leaked so I added the pink strip across the  top to hide the leak spots.  I think it turned out great!  The shirt with the hearts was the shirt that I used only a paint brush on and it worked out really well.

I would love any suggestions any of you may have on the spray paint.  I love the idea of using it instead of the paint brushes, but I don't know how to get it to not leak.