Whip up this DIY Father’s Day shirt for the guy in your life!
It also works for grandfathers! And 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 as a great guy gift for birthdays or Christmas.
I’m making one for the hubs and one for my brother-in-law.
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.
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.
Note: You could also cut this image on heat transfer vinyl (affiliate link) and iron on to a t-shirt, just remember to flip the image horizontally prior to cutting.
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!
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.
And I think I like this look a little better.
This post was originally part of the Workshop Wednesday series from 2012.
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