Monday, August 29, 2011

Cheat Silk Screened T-shirts - a tut

This summer was my first time working the two week camp our Montessori school has for 4 to 8 year olds.   Each year the kids make a shirt as a keepsake.  My daughter Jocelyn showed me this technique.

  • T-Shirt
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sheer fabric
  • Hard coat Modge Podge
  • Fabric Screen Printing Paint
  • A squeegee like you would use in the shower.  Make sure it will fit within the hoop.

1.  Decide on your design. I used the words 'Discover, Observe, Explore in a circle using Word.  Print out your design.  
2.  Place the fabric in the hoop and pull the fabric tight!

3.  Place the design under the fabric in the hoop and using a pen trace the design on the fabric. 
4.  Now take a paint brush and paint all the areas except the parts where you want the paint to come through.  You can hold it up to the light to see if you've missed any area.  Go all the way to the edges and you'll have to do a couple of coats. 
5.  Place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back. Place the hoop down where you want it on the shirt.  Spread some paint along the top of the project area and take the squeegee and pull the paint straight down over the fabric.  You only need to do this one time. Carefully remove the fabric/hoop. Sorry I don't have a picture of that. I took them but apparently I lost them in cyberspace.  It took me a couple of tries so practice on paper first.  You can wash the hoop when done and reuse it.

6.  Once the paint dries iron the back of the front to set the paint.
I made almost 30 shirts. The kids and parents really liked them. We had the kids put their handprint in the center and then they used their fingerprints to make a few bee's flying around.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate you and your comments!



sstone said...

That looks fun. I'm a new follower, especially because of your gluten free recipes.:) I came through the ARtsy Craftsy site.:)

Karie @ The HoB said...

What a neat idea! And I found the post about you going back to school! I think that is just awesome!! My mom went back and earned her Bachelor's Degree while I was in college, I think you are never too old to be in school!! Congrats on making that decision and enjoy every minute of it!! You are an inspiration to many!!

lauryn said...

no way. this is awesome. my husband owns a shirt company. if only he could do them all this way! it would save us some pretty pennies :)
thanks for sharing!
i am a new follower.
{love} lauryn @

Ambrosia said...

That sounds like a really fun activity to do with the kids! I'll have to try this for sure!!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you could do this! So cool!! My husband was JUST talking about how great it would be to have a screen press!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I've tried this before and it didn't work for me. Now I know the secret, use Hard Coat Mod Podge! Thank you so much for the tutorial and linking to It's a Party!

Heather said...

This is really neat. The shirts turned out so cute. I featured them at So Creative.

SewHappyGeek said...

Thanks so much for sharing this - it's fantastic! BTW, I featured your link today :)

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