I was at the dollar store the other day and they had some plain white v-neck tees in my youngest son’s size. I brought one home for him and decided to make a fun alphabet shirt he could wear to his first day of kindergarten in a few weeks. We both love it! It was extremely easy to make because I used stamps and acrylic paint – no messing with freezer paper or cutting machines. Keep reading for more photos and tips for using stamps on fabric!
As you can tell, my son is pretty pleased with his new shirt.
Any time I use paint on fabric I mix it with textile medium (find it at craft stores or on Amazon). Once the garment is washed, the textile medium softens up the paint so you don’t end up with stiff, cracked images on your garment.
I used a foam brush to apply a thin layer of paint right onto each stamp. You’ll probably want to practice this a bit of a scrap of fabric before you stamp on your shirt – too little paint and the stamped images won’t show up dark enough, and too much paint will leave things looking smudgy. Just practice until you get the look you like, then don’t stress about it. Images that are a little messy and not quite perfectly lined up is part of the charm of hand stamped creations.
I stamped my son’s first initial in turquoise and the rest of the letters in black to keep this looking simple and graphic, but it would be fun to add in different colors. I considered mixing paint to get an ombre effect like I did on this striped t-shirt, which would have been cool, but since it was for a boy I kept things simple.
If you’re interested in the stamp set I used be sure to check back tomorrow – I’ll give you more info on it, show you another project, and maybe even give you a chance to win one!
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