Now I was intending to make just 2 shirts for my kids but I actually ended up making 26 shirts in all. Why? Because I managed to find blank green t-shirts at a really good price. It was too good to be true. I knew the kids would all look super cute in the same shirt and I just couldn't resist.
This was my first time using freezer paper and it took me half a day to complete this project (approximately 5-6 hours). The process turned out relatively easy and I took some photos so let me walk you through the process.
Things that you need:
- freezer paper :: cold storage (ion orchard)
- blank t- shirts :: giant (turf city)
- martha stewart fabric paint :: art friend (takashimaya)
- sponge applicators :: art friend (takashimaya)
Step 1 : Decide on your design. Then trace or draw it onto the freezer paper and then cut it out by hand. The waxy side is the side that ought to face downwards.
(I used a Silhouette Machine to cut out the letters which made the process super quick.)
Step 2 : Iron the shirt and then iron the freezer paper onto the shirt. This should take a few minutes. It is important that the freezer paper is ironed on well so that no paint seeps through. I would spend a bit of time on this if you want the final product to be perfect.
Step 3 : Insert a cardboard sheet (or folded newspaper) inside the t-shirt to avoid staining the back. Using a sponge applicator, apply the fabric paint to the shirt. Apply a second layer if necessary.
Step 4 : Leave the shirts out to dry.
The instructions tell you to leave it for 24 hours but I left the shirts out in the sun for 2 hours and they were dry. I do think it may differ for different designs and the number of coats that you have applied.
Step 5 : Peel off the freezer paper once it is dry.
Step 6 : Lay a thin cloth over the shirt and iron it one more time to set the fabric paint.
I didn't do this and the fabric paint didn't peel off at all. I washed the shirts and dried them and the colour didn't fade a bit. So I was pretty impressed by the Martha Stewart fabric paints. They are meant for multi-uses too so I am definitely going to have some fun with them.
That's it! Your very own t-shirt.
It wasn't too difficult and I really liked how they turned out. I am definitely planning to make a few more shirts for the boys or for gifts in the future. What do you think? Will you try it?
- Martha Stewart recommends using a fabric medium to mix with their paints but I didn't realise I needed to buy it so I used the paint without the fabric medium and it worked fine. It was slightly stiff and so if you wanted a softer feel, purchase the fabric medium.