Decorating A Shirt For Christmas
By Mike on Friday, December 23, 2016, 22:42 - Permalink
We had a 'Christmas Jumper Day' at work. Trouble is, the office that I work in is too hot for me at the best of times - there's no way I'm wearing an additional layer.
But it's for charity. I can't just sit it out - so my solution was to print my own Christmas-jumper-style shirt.
I started with an old-ish shirt and one assumption.
My assumption was that, since decorator's emulsion paint doesn't wash out of clothes when it gets on them accidentally, it should be a cheap and easy substitute for fabric paint.
So the plan was to apply a design to the shirt using the paint, then let it dry - after which it should be indelible.
I wanted a selection of Christmas / winter - themed designs on the shirt - I could have cut my own stencils, but I decided to try stamping them.
I found a cheap set of 'princess' foam stamps on ebay that seemed to have the right selection of designs.
I placed a piece of card inside the shirt to prevent transfer of the paint through the fabric to the back of the shirt,
I brushed a thin layer of paint onto the stamps, then pressed them onto the shirt - it seemed to work just fine.
I used a metal straight edge to guide me - I was aiming to form a repeating pattern comprising several rows of different designs across the front of the shirt.
Even though I brushed the paint onto the stamps quite sparingly, I did have a few problems where it spilled off the edge of the pattern.
This caused a sort of blobby outline outside of the pattern of the design pieces themselves - but actually, it ended up looking like accumulated snow, which almost makes sense for a winter design.
I stopped when I had four rows of printing on the shirt. I had originally considered decorating the back also, but I decided less was more.
The End Result
I was quite pleased with the finished shirt - and it was well-received by all of my colleagues on Christmas Jumper Day
Emulsion Paint As Fabric Paint
So it seems to work just fine - and the design on the shirt has survived a couple of trips through the washing machine, so I am declaring this a success. Emulsion paint is available in a fantastic range of colours and in cheap little tested pots - so I will be trying this with other colours and other designs sometime soon.
Here's a video showing some more of the details of this project:
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