Design Your Own Unique T-shirts

handprinting t-shirts

Why not design your own unique t-shirts? Now that I have started I don’t want to do anything else this summer! A pity summer in the UK just doesn’t last long enough!

Of course, there are many ways to decorate a t-shirt. Here I used stencil printing to transfer a design onto fabric. It’s an easy and simple printing technique that can produce stunning results.

handprinting t-shirts
Applying the paint with an airbrush spray gun

I first drew a design on a big sheet of paper and cut out the shapes with a craft knife. I then applied some spray mount to the underside of the stencil to adhere it to the fabric and avoid leakages.

To apply the paint I used my new mini airbrush spray gun kit and createx airbrush colours. I applied the ink in thin coats to build up a layer using cranberry and pearlized gold.

As an alternative a stencil brush, sponge or sponge roller combined with textile paint can also be used for stencil printing.

handprinting t-shirts
The stencil after the paint has been applied

I find bold designs are easier to cut out of the paper, so I avoid fine lines or too small shapes, when drawing a design.

handprinting t-shirts

I wrote another post on hand printing a t-shirt, here is the link.

The fabric is an organic cotton Jersey from Organic Textile Company, and the t-shirt pattern is from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.

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