I've seen so many adorable graphic tees lately! Maybe because its so hot, and I'm nine months pregnant, but the idea of a comfy t-shirt that is also cute is pretty appealing. ;) I especially like the "Mama Bear" apparel I've come across.
I ordered a loose flowy t-shirt to wear home from the hospital once our baby arrives. It is so soft and comfortable, but plain white. I decided to make it into my own graphic tee!
This method takes some time to paint, but it is simple, and you can add any graphic in any color you wish!
You will need:
White Cotton T-shirt
Fabric Paint in Desired Color
Fine Paint Brush
Graphic printed out on 8.5x11" paper or hand drawn
Sharpie (If drawing your own graphic)
1. A white t-shirt works best to trace the graphic. Also, avoid very thick material. On a sheet of 8.5x11" computer paper, draw out your design, or print whatever phrase you'd like in your favorite font from the computer.
If you are drawing your design, make sure you have dark black lines so they are visible to trace.
2. Place the design inside the t-shirt facing up. Make sure it is centered and in the location on the shirt you desire your graphic to appear.
3. Using a fine brush, carefully trace the outline of the graphic onto the shirt. Fabric is a slightly more difficult surface to than paper to paint on, so just be careful and patient. :)
4. Once your graphic is traced onto the t-shirt, fill it in with paint. Leave the paper inside the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding to the back of the t-shirt. I decided to keep my lettering as negative space, which is a little more difficult. You could easily reverse this and paint the lettering leaving the bear white.
Be sure to apply the paint thick enough to cover any transparency. Mine took 2 coats.
5. Allow the paint to dry, then remove the paper. Your t-shirt is ready to wear! Wash according to fabric paint instructions.
My bag is almost completely packed for the hospital! Now we just wait for this little one to make an appearance. :) I'm sure I will be glad to have this comfy t-shirt post delivery.
The "Mama Bear" graphic was a little bit more complicated of a design. You can go as simple as you'd like and still have an adorable graphic tee! I used this same method to create a graphic t-shirt for my friend during her wedding weekend. I just used a design of cursive lettering.
Now, I kind of just want to add phrases to everything! You can check out graphic pencil bags here as well. :) What is your favorite trending phrase?