Hey there blog-trekkers,
I’m back in 2016 with a DIY. I’ve recently been swept up in Star Wars mania and I couldn’t help myself. I had to have Finn’s jacket. Well, I sort of did it. The following instructions are for any fabric painting DIY. Modify them as you see fit and have fun!
- Shirt / shorts / bag / whatever fabric you want the design to go on
- Fabric paint
- Brushes / a sponge
- Card stock (I just used the stiff board that came with my writing pad)
- Pen knife / scissors
- Printed design
- Resize your designs in Word
- Print it out
- Trace it onto the card stock (refer to the template in the gallery)
- Cut out the patterns, in as many iterations as needed
- Lay out newspaper so you don’t dirty your workspace
- Put some newspaper in between the two sides of the shirt so the paint doesn’t seep from the front of the shirt to the back as you paint
- Align your card stock template on your fabric and hold it down so the fabric doesn’t move around under it
- Make sure your template stays in the right place as you are painting unless you want the final result to look wonky
- Remove template carefully and continue refining if needed
- Wear with pride! (Wash first though. For full instructions, read your fabric paint label)
Tip #1 : For this design, the words were too small to cut out on cardstock so I eyeballed it and referenced it to my printed design. I drew the words onto the fabric lightly using a pencil first before going over it with fabric paint. I had to use a toothpick for the words on this design because the brush was too thick.
Tip #2 : Put the shirt on before you start painting to see where to best place your template. I learnt this the hard way when the front emblem ended up a little too far from the center. The shirt will look different on the table versus on you.
Hope you have a great New Year ahead! Oh and also…
May the force be with you