Talk about Way Back…I’m slightly embarrassed to say that it’s been almost a year since I posted a Way Back Craft!
Way Back Crafts are crafts I made ages and ages ago. Usually, they were posted on my very first craft site, Jen’s Crochet and Crafts (1998 – 2006), but they have not been posted to the sewhooked blog or were only posted to sewhooked in a very basic way.
Today’s craft comes to you from around 2001 or 2002. I made these cute t-shirts for holiday gifts for my nieces, daughter, and several children of my friends (that’s an original, old school pre-digital photo there!). These were made around the same time t-shirts embellished with “Princess” were really popular. The shirts were a huge hit with the bonus of being easy and inexpensive to make!
- light colored t-shirt
- Fabric Paint (Tulip Slick Glitter used in picture)
- safety pins
- masking tape
- polyester glitter (optional)
- well-lit window or light box
- Prepare your t-shirt by washing and drying without fabric softener.
- Using your word processing software, print the name you want to paint in a large, bold font. This paper will go inside the shirt as a guideline.
- Position the name you printed inside the shirt where you want to paint, securing with a couple of safety pins or masking tape.
- Using masking tape, tape the t-shirt to a clean, dry window. If you are lucky enough to have a light box, use that instead.
- Trace the letters with chalk or pencil.
- Place a t-shirt form or box (Priority shipping box works well) inside the t-shirt to make it easier to paint.
- Trace the text again with the fabric paint. It is important not to touch the tip of the paint to the shirt, which can drag the paint and make it smear. Take your time, as it this can be tedious, but it’s worth it!
- When you’re done, find a safe place for your shirt to dry flat 24 hours.
- For an iridescent effect, sprinkle iridescent polyester glitter on wet paint before allowing to dry.
- Wait 24 hours, then shake off excess glitter.
- Wash & dry inside out.