Thursday, April 14, 2016

DIY stenciled T-Shirt by Sew Much Ado


Hi sewing friends! I'm Abby from Sew Much Ado and I'm excited to be visiting PRAP today and sharing a tutorial with you! I've always thought Liz and liZ were so clever to come up with the name "Project Run and Play." It's catchy even to those who aren't necessarily sewists, and so I thought it would make great text on a t-shirt for little ones!


Supplies: t-shirt pattern (or pre-made t-shirt) - I used my go to girl's top pattern the Skipper Topfabric for t-shirt, fabric paint, freezer paper, sponge, paintbrush, cardboard for painting, silhouette machine to cut template OR exacto/craft knife to cut template by hand, free template HERE for Silhouette file, or HERE for pdf file.
 Let's get started!


Cut all pieces of shirt out as pattern instructs. Download free template above. Cut template out with Silhouette machine OR using exacto/craft knife if cutting by hand. For my Silhouette, I used a blade setting of 2 and it cut the freezer paper perfectly. If cutting by hand, remember you'll be removing all of the inverse of what the finished text will look like, making a stencil to paint.   Iron freezer paper stencil onto shirt front, placing as desired. Don't forget to also iron the inside cut-out of the A, O, etc in place. Be sure the edges are all sealed completely.

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 Use sponge brush and fabric paint to paint over stencil. To prevent any bleed through, be sure to not "sweep" the paintbrush - instead, just dab it up and down. Begin with a thin coat, let dry, and repeat as necessary until you have the coverage you'd like.

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Remove the freezer paper stencil carefully.

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Follow manufacturer's instructions on paint bottle to set the paint. I used a velveteen paint that needed to be steamed to set.

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Sew shirt according to pattern instructions.


Great job!


Your little one will be stylin in her new mommy-made shirt!


Thank you so much Abby!! You can follow Sew Much Ado on Facebook, Instagram, and on Pinterest.

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