Last CTB, I shared a post about Selecting Fabrics for BOYS. And today we're going to take it a step further. If you can't find the right fabric....why not make your own? With items from around the house?
Now it would be awesome to have a real screen printing machine to make professional looking stuff. But I'm still doing it poor man's style with simple paint, freezer paper, tape, etc. In a way though, it feels easier. If you've never worked with fabric paint or freezer paper, read my tutorial HERE.
If you don't have fabric paint you can use Acrylic paint, which is very inexpensive and comes in every color imaginable (metallics too). When using acrylic paint on fabric, however, it's good to mix in a Fabric Medium such as this to make the paint a bit softer for wash and wear. Of course if you're antsy like me you can just paint a shirt without it, and your daughter will still love it.
Follow the directions on the back of the Medium bottle but typically you mix 2 parts paint to 1 part medium. And I've found that old baby food containers are great for small paint projects!
Some of these projects will work for an entire piece of fabric, something you can cut up and make into a pair of shorts, a bag, or even a jacket. But some work better on a small piece of fabric to use as a pocket or applique.
Oh....and a blowdryer is wonderful for drying the paint so you can quickly peel away and admire the new look.
Okay, ready for 13 ideas?
Basic Tee. And...it kind of worked. Well. It's a Work in Progress. It's still kind of wavy but I'm sure he'll wear it.
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HERE or use a bleach pen to create designs.
Last I tried it with acrylic paint and it was okay. I didn't have a small enough brush to make thin lines. But on a large scale print it would look cool.
Hang them on the wall to get the full effect. It's fun to picture how they'll hang on clothing....or in a swatch book? (if I had something cool like that)
--------------------------------------------------------------------Celebrate the BOY, a series hosted by me and Made by Rae.
Here's what we've done so far:
DAY 1: Dana: 5 Steps to the Basic Tee • Rae: Saffron Pants and Color Roundup
DAY 2: Dana: Pants Roundup • Rae: Little Bit of Color Hoodie
DAY 3: Dana: KID Pants with Back Pockets • Rae: Little Bit of Color Hoodie
DAY 4: Dana: 13 DIY Fabrics • Rae: Show your Stripes Turtleneck
• Keep adding your own BOY projects to the CTB Flickr Group!
• And check out the Archives for additional projects