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05-17-2009, 01:19 PM
I had a few requests to do a tutorial on t-shirt stenciling. Quite a number of ottos have patterns for things you can stencil, some are really fun. Finally I just had to try it!



Here's how:

Lay a piece of 4 mil tarp plastic (Home Depot) on top of the pattern for your stencil and trace the edges with a thin sharpie.


You can see how I labeled the insides of the 8. You'll see why in a bit.

Carefully cut out along the lines to create the syencil. I use embroidert scissors the have very sharp tips. You can color the parts to cut out so you don't get confused as you cut (not shown).


Spray the back side of the plastic with glue spray (Joann's), Let it sit for 2-3 minutes so it will only stick temporarily. Remember, the writing should be backwards when you spray the glue so that is the right way when on the fabric.

Spray the insides of letters/numbers separately.

Lay the stencil down on your fabric and smooth it out, gently pat down all edges. Place insides of letters/numbers in correct positions according to how you labeled them at the beginning.


Put some fabric paint in a container and use a foam brush to dab onto stencil and fabric. The sponge brush was bought at Michael's.




Right after you are done sponging (or the plastic will dry to the fabric :( ) gently pull off the plastic, have someone help if you are worried about smudging. Use tweezers for the inside pieces of the letters/numbers.



Final product:

Sns'd here. (http://www.sewingmamas.com/b/showthread.php?p=129 7725#post1297725)




Shirt I was "copying":


A note on fabric paint:


I've tried two kinds both area available from Michael's and Joann's. The one on the left dyes the fabric and doesn't get cracks in it when the knit fabric stretches, however, it is thinner can gets under the stencil a bit (see airplane pic above). The one on the right is thicker and sits on top of the fabric (that is what I used for this tute). It can get tiny cracks in it as the fabric stretches but it gives a cleaner edge. You can get around the cracking if you stencil onto a woven piece and then sew it on to the knit shirt in an applique.

Post pics when you try this!

05-17-2009, 01:38 PM
great tute!!! Thanks - I have been wanting to try this for a while.

05-17-2009, 01:40 PM
great tute!!! Thanks - I have been wanting to try this for a while.

me too!! Thank you!!!! :hug2:

05-17-2009, 02:09 PM
I can't wait to try this out! Thanks so much

05-17-2009, 03:33 PM
I do the same thing except I use contact paper (: Oh and my mum managed to get the boys England shirts clean after I had tried everything else by pure elbow grease, dish soap and a floor scrubbing brush.

05-17-2009, 05:09 PM
I do the same thing except I use contact paper (: Oh and my mum managed to get the boys England shirts clean after I had tried everything else by pure elbow grease, dish soap and a floor scrubbing brush.

Wow! I never tried that! Good thing I just couldn't bring myself to throw it out:) I will try that!!!

05-17-2009, 08:14 PM
wow, thank you so much for the tute. I was just looking the other day at the screen print kits at Hobby Lobby. But did not want to go to that expense. You rock.

05-18-2009, 11:02 AM
This is so awesome! I've wanted that new screen printing machine but can't justify the expense. Can't wait to try this!

05-18-2009, 11:28 AM
This is very fun! You can also use freezer paper and just iron the pieces onto your fabric instead of using glue. Then you can leave the pieces on until the paint dries.

05-18-2009, 01:31 PM
Clear contact paper also works well for this project.

06-08-2009, 10:26 PM
WOW! that is very neat! I am so going to try this soon!

06-10-2009, 02:40 PM
Wowww!That is very easy:))

06-11-2009, 01:15 PM
Thank you! I've been wanting to give this a try

06-13-2009, 03:27 PM
Thanks, I have wanted to try this.

06-13-2009, 07:07 PM
I also use the freezer paper and just iron it on and leave it till dry. Then when you peel, you get nice clean edges.

06-15-2009, 09:50 AM
Kid is More Cute Then T-Shirts :D

06-21-2009, 07:14 PM
Wow, thanks. I hope that it's as easy for me as you make it seem :)

08-02-2009, 10:35 AM
Now i know what to do next sunday! Making a few new shirts for my littlen!

03-15-2010, 12:32 AM
You make it look so easy! I have been wanting to do this.....good job!

09-12-2010, 02:11 AM
Trying to work up the courage to try this! It looks so easy and cute but I don't know...