One of my closest college friends, John, is a graduating film major. As a Senior, he has the option to plan, direct, and edit his very own film. While I wasn’t helping him on set as I have done in past projects, I signed up to help him with costume design. His original film idea was changed to one that takes place in a college setting where costumes weren’t really needed. However, he wanted some custom made tee-shirts that represented each character’s situation or personality. Of course I have never made tee shirt prints before, but I have been wanting to and I really wanted to help one of my dearest friends.
I used this great Threadbanger tutorial to accomplish this feat. Only difference is that I used fabric paint since I was printing light ink on dark fabrics and wanted a very contrasting effect. Also, I used old nude tights I had as the material to make the screen on the hoop. Below is a picture of my starting materials.
In a nutshell, here are the steps:
- Print out the image outline you desire.
- Pull a thin fabric over an embroidery hoop.
- Trace the outline onto the thin fabric.
- Paint Modge Podge onto the the areas you do not want the ink/paint to stain.
- Let the stencil dry.
- Place a piece of cardboard inside the tee-shirt to prevent bleeding of the ink/paint.
- Place stencil onto tee-shirt. Cover with ink/paint.
- Carefully stencil away from tee-shirt.
- Let image dry.
- Place a piece of paper onto the dried image. Iron over for about 5 minutes to set the image onto the fabric.
Here are the results I got 🙂 The first shirt is a light bulb, the second is a pink elephant, and the last is a jersey inspired hoodie. The letters for text were from pre-made stencils I bought and the number “4” was from a stencil I made from cardboard.
Hope you give it a shot. It’s super easy, fun, and cheap. Happy stenciling!