I’ve been seeing large polka dot prints popping up all over the place lately, and have fallen in love. But since many of the current trends don’t appear in the maternity section, I took matters into my own hands and made myself a fun polka dot top out of a plain white maternity t-shirt. This was probably the easiest project I’ve ever done, but it turned out so cute and looks so good.
Here’s what I did (and obviously this is not a maternity-only tutorial).
- solid colored t-shirt
- fabric paint
- paint brush
- small circular lid (I used the lid from Peanut’s bubbles — the paint washes right off when you’re done)
- paper or cardboard
step 1. lay your t-shirt out and put the paper or cardboard inside to avoid the paint bleeding through.
step 2. dip your lid directly into the paint, and swirl around to make sure the top of the lid is completely coated in paint. Dab off excess if necessary.
step 3. decide where you want your polka dots, and carefully press down on the fabric. If your dot comes out unevenly like mine, go back with some black paint on your paintbrush and fill in the holes.
step 4. repeat for all the dots on the front of the shirt and sleeves, then when it’s dry, flip the shirt over and repeat on the back.
step 5. when all your paint is dry, hold a hot iron half an inch above each painted area to heat seal the paint, and/or throw it in the dryer and let the hot air heat seal the paint.
And that’s it! A super easy and fun new t-shirt.
As always, comment or email with any questions! Happy painting!