Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Guest Post- KojoDesigns Distressed Stencil Shirt

Hello there Project Run and Play friends! I'm Kirstin (half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns), and I'm so thrilled to be here today! I loved competing in Project Run and Play during season one and have loved seeing the crazy talent this season as well.
And I have to tell you, I love it that this week is dedicated to boys! I have a three year old son and am always thrilled to stumble upon things I can make for him. Instead of going the 'high fashion' route today, I decided to share a technique that I use to make Burke everyday-wear that was inspired by the fabulous distressed t-shirts I see in kids boutiques (my favorites are by Axel and Hudson). 
Want to make one for the little guy in your life? You'll need:
-a t-shirt-fabric paint (I used martha stewart's new paint line- you add "fabric medium" to any of the paint colors and have yourself some fabric paint)
-a paint brush/sponge
-freezer paper (and an iron) or a graphic stencil (I used both)
-a sanding block or steel wool

1. Mix up your paint (if you're mixing) and tape your stencil in place (just tape it right to the shirt). Also add a piece of paper between the front and back layers of your shirt so the paint doesn't soak through.

2. Start sponging paint onto your stencil. Since the look we're going for is messy, this is not an exact science. Also, streak a few lines of paint along the side as you go.

3. Reposition the graphic stencil so that the pattern continues for an entire line. Though, I didn't line it up exactly, again, to add to the un-preciseness.
4. For the freezer paper stenciled portion, I traced a bike onto freezer paper and cut it out. You could use any kind of graphic your little guy loves. Iron in place, overlapping the side seam of your tshirt (a little of the stenciling will go onto the back of the shirt).

5. Sponge fabric paint onto the stencil, and also around the edges of the freezer paper.
6. Once all of the paint is dry, scrub the painted areas with a sanding block or steel wool, further adding to the distressed look.

7. Pair with plaid shorts and a polo for a preppy look with a little edge.

Again, we've loved being here today! Come on by kojodesigns any time and say hi!
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  1. hmm interesting technique, bookmarked it, will surely try it sometime on my darling daughter's t-shirt may be!

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  2. Nifty! I haven't tried the steel wool effect before - will for sure try that for my little man. I've done it where you sponge the paint on with plastic wrap to get it a little more aged looking, and that's really fun too. Love this!! Will try it soon!

    Thanks for the ideas!

  3. thanks for the inspiration! It turned out great. I love the blue!

  4. Awesome shirt and darling little boy.

  5. Very nice Kirstin. I like your aging technique.

  6. Don't you just love the new Martha stewart paints?! I can't wait to try this!

  7. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!


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