July 11, 2012

{Workshop Wednesday} Daddy EST T-Shirt

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I don't know about you, but I have a terrible time coming up with guy gifts. 

 But I have a fun gift idea for the guys this year! 
The Daddy EST T-Shirt! 

If the guy you're shopping for isn't a daddy, you could definitely incorporate other ideas into this shirt (or hat, or toolbelt, or gym bag... you get the idea!) such as mechanic, dentist, whatever and the year they began! 

I made my pattern in the Silhouette Studio software. 
I used the Echo Park Truck (design id #18841) from the Silhouette Image Library as my silhouette and added the lettering. 

I'm making one for the hubs and one for my brother-in-law. 

Let's talk t-shirt prep for just a moment.
I'm going to use the image as a stencil so I need a nice flat surface to work on.

I cut a piece of scrap cardboard larger than the size of my stencil, wrapped it with freezer paper (shiny side up) then place it under the shirt where the stencil will go. I folded the shirt up to making for a tidy work surface and used rubber bands to help keep everything in place.

For my stencil, I decided to try my hand at using vinyl rather than freezer paper. 

I cut my image with the Silhouette on white vinyl then carefully placed it on the shirt. 
I used a roller to make sure there was no bubbles between the vinyl and the t-shirt.
Don't forget to add any extra pieces of the vinyl you might need such as the truck window or parts of your letters!

Finally, run your fingers around all of the edges of your stencil to be sure there is a good bond with the fabric.

I like to make my own fabric paint rather than purchase it.
I typically have quite the variety of acrylic paints on hand, and I love to be able to use them for any and all applications! 

To use acrylic paints on clothing you simply need a textile medium. 
The textile medium will make the paint softer and more flexible after it dries on the fabric.

Follow the directions on the bottle for mixing the two then stir, stir, stir.
I use a toothpick to mix them together.
And just when you think you've stirred enough, stir a little bit longer and you're all set to start painting!

Use a sponge dauber or stipple brush to apply the paint to the fabric.
You want to use a pouncing method not a brushstroke method to apply the paint.
This will help ensure the paint won't end up under the edge of your stencil creating messing lines.

I applied two coats of paint, not quite waiting for the first coat to completely dry before adding the second.
I'm just impatient like that!

The vinyl stencil is basically like a large sticker, so peel up the edge and slowly remove it from the t-shirt. 
The paint does not have to be 100% dry yet, but allow it to be mostly dry.

So... you may or may not have noticed a slight difference in my starting stencil and the final outcome after painting. Since I was making my hub's and BIL's shirts at the same time I had a slight goof. I put the wrong stencil on the wrong shirt! You see they each became a daddy at a different year, and I couldn't simply swap who was getting what shirt because of sizing. Blech! I didn't notice I had done it wrong until I had nearly finished painting the stencil so there was no going back.

My only option was to paint over the mistake which I did.

Then I decided I could stamp the year they became daddies on the shirt!
I used some small rubber stamps and black acrylic paint. I decided not to use the textile medium with the paint since I wasn't using much paint. 

Acrylic paint stamping technique: Dip the stamp in a small amount of paint. Lightly stamp a paper towel to remove excess paint from the stamp. Then stamp directly onto the shirt applying slight pressure. Repeat!
You can clean the stamps with a baby wipe or a little warm water. 

Shew! Craft fail adverted!

And I think I like this look a little better.

The paint may feel a little stiff, but one run through the wash and it will be nice and soft. 
You may want to wash it before you give it as a gift. 

That's two Christmas gifts down!

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  1. These are so cute Michele!! I agree - guy gifts are so hard!! But these are so fun - and personal too!

  2. I thought it was silkscreen at first. Nice job.

  3. Oh my gosh, super cute! That's such a great idea and you did such a good job with them! I'd be thrilled if you want to link this up to my link party that just opened tonight:

  4. i LOVE old trucks. this is such an awesome idea.

  5. This T-shirt is really gorgeous. Particularly its front side logo makes it attractive from all side. Thanks dude.
    gift for moms

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  7. These shirts are WAY TOO CUTE! What a great guy gift idea...We will def be making the hubs a shirt (and apron) this year! The daddy est date stamped is my favorite part of it I think. Awesome job Michele!

  8. These could also be adapted to make "gramps" shirts for those of us with older families....cute idea!

    1. You read my mind! I have grandpa shirts in the works. ;)

  9. What a fun gift to honor the special dads in our lives! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:

  11. This is fabulous!! Oh, now to get a Silhouette!!! Love the colors you chose and the small stamps add the perfect touch! I am totally with you that it gets hard to think of gift ideas for the guys in our lives!!! Thanks for the inspiration! Am following you now via GFC! Heather :)

  12. Pinned this! Have a great week - Heather :D

  13. I love this idea!! So cute! Found out at Tip Me Tuesday.

  14. Such a cute shirt! I would love for you to link this up to my new link party.
    Hope to see you there! Thanks!

  15. Great t-shirt refashion! I would love for you to link this up to The CSI project this week. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might WIN! Come on over each week for a new challenge, new tutorials and new judges.

  16. Super cute! I neeeed a silhouette!

  17. What a fun gift idea M! I love it!!! In fact, I am definitely going to bookmark for next year.

    xoxo, Tauni


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