DIY Screen Printing

I posted our new team shirts on Instagram, and there’s been some interest in the tutorial, so I’ve reposted so you can find it more easily.  Enjoy!

Reposted from Aug. 2012

It’s a big week around our house, what my husband likes to refer to as “the most wonderful time of the year”–Christmas really pales in comparison for him. Do you know what it is?

College football starts on Thursday!  If you remember, there are two seasons in our house and for a few glorious months, they overlap.  That means for the next three months, on any given Saturday, at any time of the day, you’ll find us in the basement, in our sweats, watching football.  It’s awesome really.  Combine this with the fact that baseball is still in season, and my husband is one happy guy {especially if the Giants make the playoffs}.  It goes without saying that with enthusiasm like ours, we wear our teams proudly around here. But….if you’re a sports fan like we are, you know that stuff can be Expensive with a capital “E”!

I started making team shirts for my daughter when she was only a few weeks old for two reasons: One, that one little logo on a shirt makes it one pricey item, and I have a hard time spending $20+ on a shirt she’s just going to grow out of; and two, a lot of the kids apparel isn’t very cute–especially for girls.  So it’s become a tradition that every year at the beginning of baseball season and the beginning of college football season I make her a new shirt.  This is this year’s and how I do it:

{And let me give a quick shout out to the fashion world this year: This Kelly Green trend is AWESOME for we Notre Dame fans!}

You’ll Need:
Shirt of your choice (this happens to be the most expensive one I’ve ever purchased at $8.00, but I couldn’t pass up a shirt seemingly made for a Jr. Notre Dame fan.)
Freezer Paper
Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart from Michael’s)
Print out of your team’s logo dark enough to trace

1. Google an image of your logo and print it out. (A lot of times, I actully just lay my freezer paper over the computer screen and trace my image.  You can zoom in and trace it in sections if you want it really big).
2.  Trace your image onto the dull side of the freezer paper
3 & 4.  Cut out the image with an Exacto knife.  DON’T USE SCISSORS!  You’re going to paint in the negative space, so you need it to be connected.  If your logo has letters in the middle, make sure you grab that too!

Since it’s hard to tell where to place the negative space image, I lay this piece down, match it up, and then pull this part out.

Iron the freezer paper onto the shirt, shiny side down.  Make sure you get it down GOOD.  Then I put a shoe box inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t bleed through to the back.

I’m loving the watercolor trend and I prefer the vintage tee look, so I mixed the paint with a little water to thin it out and get the watercolory, vintagey look.  Just paint it on with a brush as light or dark as you want.  You can also use spray paint, just make sure you fold the shirt back so NO fabric is showing besides what you want painted.  Also, several LIGHT coats of spray paint if you’re using that method.  Don’t glop it on.

Give it a couple minutes to dry–just enough that it’s not drippy–and pull it off; my FAVORITE part!  Once it’s dry {like 24 hrs.}, lay a piece of paper over it and a piece inside the shirt and iron over the image to heat set it.  It will be a little stiff at first, but a couple of washes always soften it up.

And there you have much cheaper, much cuter (in my opinion), one-of-a-kind team pride.

I leave you with a few of our past creations:

This was a homemade iron-on.  I’ll share how to do that one soon–it’s a bit more time consuming.

Dad’s: $5.00 shirt and gold spray paint.  Her’s: $3.00 Walmart shirt and DIY iron-on.
$3.00 Walmart Tank and spray paint.  Can you believe I made that jersey too?  Totally kidding!  That cost us a pretty penny.

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