The Easiest T-Shirt You’ll Ever Make
Making t-shirts with freezer paper is my new favorite thing. I did a few Starkid totebags using this method for my friend Heather and I when we went to see Space Tour last year, but I hadn’t introduced the kids to the technique yet. And it’s too bad, too, because it’s SO EASY. First…you just need a stencil. Here is the Doctor Who one we used this weekend. I made it in Photoshop. You layer your freezer paper over the stencil and cut out the pieces where you want the paint to be on the shirt. I use a crafting blade with a longer handle, but some like actually using razor blades held in their fingers because it gives them more control. YOUR CALL.
Obviously…the easier the design the better. I wish I could show you a picture of a shirt a friend made with this super-complicated Gryffin on it, I still don’t see how she did it and kept her sanity. And don’t forget to save pieces like the center of the “D” because you need that piece to make sure the “D” gets painted correctly.
Once your stencil is made, you just iron it on the shirt, shiny side down. It doesn’t take but a minute or two of ironing to get it stuck to the shirt properly. You’ll see, if you try to peel it back off it doesn’t want to come.
Now? Just paint! You can buy regular fabric paint that is NOT the puff-paint you use to simply draw on shirts. I definitely recommend the regular non-puff paint. However, the pink hearts on Nikki’s shirt was done just using the puff paint on a brush. It took a few more coats of that than the regular paint though. And be generous with the paint! As long as you don’t paint towards the edge of the freezer paper (something the kids weren’t super careful about) it will stay sealed fine, you can put tons of paint on there!
We then dried ours with the hair dryer and once the paint was all dry? We removed the stencil and Ta-Da! Awesome shirts!
Of course…my outfit was purchased…not made. I got my skirt from Go Chase Rabbits (Back BEFORE Felicia Day mentioned her on a Vlog. Since then I think she’s been a little swamped with orders!) and my shirt from Evie Tees. I get ALL of my awesome Potter/Who shirts from her.
Have fun! They really do look professional, even if you let the kids help!