A few days ago, I repinned this adorable sailboat tee from Free Clothing. With nothing better to do (except work on that ginormous painting of Peanut that I’ve been neglecting), I busted out the fabric paints and freezer paper and made one for myself.
- solid colored t-shirt
- fabric paint
- sponge brush
- freezer paper
Step 1. On the matte side of the freezer paper, and using a straight edge, draw out the boat. Mine was about 9 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide.
Step 2. Cut out the shapes.
Step 3. Iron onto your shirt, shiny side against the fabric. Place a piece of fabric or a towel over the stencil while you iron so you don’t burn the paper.
Step 4. With a piece of paper or a towel inside your shirt, to prevent seeping, paint inside the stencil. To achieve the two tones of blue, I added a bit of white fabric paint to my second batch of color.
Step 5. Once the paint is dry, remove the stencil and heat-seal the paint. I held a hot iron over it and steamed it for a few seconds, then turned it inside out and pressed it flat so the paint didn’t have any ripples. Then I threw it in the dryer for 10 minutes to complete the sealing.
Step 6. (optional) Take in the sleeves of your shirt for a fitted half-sleeve top (I’ll be a doing a more detailed tutorial for this soon).
And voila! The perfect graphic tee for summer.