Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Graphic Tee

I've been on the look out for the perfect graphic tee for awhile now and just couldn't find exactly what I wanted. And then I saw this phrase and because I'm going to be doing a lot of hiking very soon, I thought I would try out using a fabric marker and see what happened. I bought a tee at Old Navy the other weekend when they were $5 and a black fabric marker at Michaels.  You want to make sure and wash the tee before beginning.

Then I laid it out flat on my work table and put a piece of foam core underneath (and in between layers) to protect the back of the shirt. You could use any piece of thick cardboard or poster board.

Next I drew out my design with pencil on a piece of paper and retraced with marker. I made sure I made the design the right size for the tee. You could also download a design from the computer and print it out if you want.

Then I placed that paper under the top layer and positioned it where I wanted it.

According to the directions for this marker, I  needed to shake the pen vigorously to get the ink to the point and press down on a scrap of paper a couple of times too.

I also laid down some weights to keep the tee from moving around as I traced the letters.

The tee is stretchy so I found that doing a stippling motion with the marker worked better then a brush stroke method. 

After letting it dry overnight laying flat it was ready to wear the next day. I haven't tried washing it yet, but I'm pretty confident it will wash well. 

This turned out even better than I thought, and I can't wait to wear it! If you try this I would love to see your results. Bye for now!


Lindsey Puls said...

Oh wow! You did an amazing job, Laurie! If I had decent penmanship, I would definitely give this a try - love how it turned out!


Laurie Duncan said...

Thanks Lindsey! If you're worried about penmanship you could print out something and trace over it. :)

Jessica Cangiano said...

So awesome - and easy! Thank you for the great tutorial, Laurie. Your tee and its message are both really lovely.

xoxo ♥ Jessica

Laurie Duncan said...

You're welcome Jessica, I'm glad you liked it! :)

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