Did you WATCH that game?! Three days later and the city is still abuzz with talk of the amazing comeback win our boys pulled off on Sunday. I don’t know about you, but my Blue Friday attire needs some freshening up. Especially if I’m expected to wear Hawks gear for the next two weeks! But, have you seen the prices of the NFL clothes? One t-shirt can easily cost $30! That’s why I came up with this frugal and couture option, for kids and adults alike. Time to get your craft on, 12th man style!
Here is what you’ll need:
- Freezer paper (find it near the saran wrap and foil)
- Fabric Paint in a color of your choice
- Xacto Knife
Step 1: You will be creating a stencil out of freezer paper. First, cut a piece of freezer paper to 8 1/2″ x 11″. Print one of the PDF stencils out on the freezer paper. Be sure to print on the paper side of the freezer paper, not the shiny side. For most printers this means that you will insert the paper side down in the paper tray. Click the links below to print the stencil of your choice.
Step 2: Carefully cut out the stencil using the xacto knife. Be as precise as you can.
Step 3: Place a piece of cardboard between layers of your t-shirt so the paint doesn’t leak through. Iron the freezer paper onto your t-shirt. It’s best to use a medium heat setting.
Step 4: This is the fun part…paint the shirt! I used 3 coats of paint for this shirt, allowing each coat to dry before applying another coat. Allow the shirt to dry completely, at least 4 hours. You may need fewer coats of paint depending on the colors you have chosen, and the thickness of the t-shirt.
Step 5: Carefully peel the freezer paper off the t-shirt. If any parts seem to stick, use your xacto knife to remove the paper carefully. And, you’ve just created your very own t-shirt!
You can heat set the paint in your dryer on a medium setting. Do not wash the shirt for at least 72 hours to allow the paint to fully set in. I allowed mine to dry overnight before wearing, but waited 3 days before washing.
You can create these shirts for anyone in your family! I made some for my nieces, before making the Seattle city scape version for my boys.
While you’re grabbing supplies at the craft store, why not make the headband, too? You can follow the instructions on this post.