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« on: August 24, 2007 09:22:15 AM »

Here's a bunch of stenciled shirts I made for my boys for school (well, for 2 of my boys for school, the youngest one in the picture below isn't quite school ready yet!  I would have got a shot of my older boy in one of his shirts bot he's already at school.  My 5 yo starts kindergarten next week)










I sure love to stencil things.  If you haven't tried this yet, you really should.  It's way fun. 

I got most of the stencil patterns here...
http://72.29.83.164/~stencil/stencils.htm


***Edited to add*** I just realized that I made it sound like I made the shirts, too.  Sorry!  I just bought them and stenciled on them.  (I guess I shoul've posted this in the stenciling section!)
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2007 09:37:49 AM »

I love them! The stormtrooper, Godzilla, the rocket ship, and the lightning bolt... Complete awesomeness! Great job.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007 09:39:15 AM »

I love this!  Especially the chuck taylors and the dino grabbing a plane.
And you did a really pro looking job on the stencils.  Very well done.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2007 09:51:18 AM »

you did a great job!  Did you have to register at image shack to get the stencils?
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2007 10:08:40 AM »

Hey, thanks guys!  I love knowing how to do this.

Looney, no I didn't have to register anywhere.  I got all of them from the site I listed above, except for the dancing monkey and the row of dancing people.  Those are blown up dingbats. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007 10:36:14 AM »

Great Shirts and stenciling Shakespear,

Any tips/advice for someone who never did this before?  It's probably not as difficult as I think but I don't know where to begin!

Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007 11:06:52 AM »

Those are soo seriously groovey! Thanks for the link, I would love to try this. What kind of paint (?) do you use and does it hold up well in the wash?
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007 11:47:36 AM »

Rock on! Nice shirts Smiley

Thanks for the link! I love stencil stuff. Just need some fabric paint now.

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007 12:29:34 PM »

Thanks everyone!  Grin

Well, there are a lot of different methods for stenciling, so I'll just tell you what works for me....

I buy clear vinyl.  They sell it by the yard at wal-mart.  It's on big rolls at mine, near the red and white picnic vinyl.  I buy the thickest they have.  Then I print out my image.  I cut out a piece of vinyl a bit bigger than my image and I place it under it and trace the image with a fine point sharpie.  Then I tape it to a thin board (it was just some scrap stuff my husband gave me) and I cut it out.  I started out last year with just a plain ol' exacto knife.  But then I discovered the world of Hot Knives!  And, oh, they cut so nice!  I just bought mine in the craft section at wal-mart.  It was about $20 and totally worth it.  (Sorry I can't remember the brand and the exact name and it's in the basement in a box and I'm trying to type this while my baby falls asleep in her sling....)  It plugs in and came with all sorts of attatchments for wood burning, fabric embossing, etc.  And it came with a stencil cutter, but I found I didn't really like that--it does something weird to the vinyl.  I just like the exacto knife-looking one. 

So, anyway, I cut it out, remembering to add bridges to the design if there weren't any in the orginal.  Does everyone know what bridges are?  Hmmmmm.....well, they are....urgh.  I'm not sure how to explain this....

Alright, this site kind of explains bridges...
http://www.iratethis.com/t-shirtblog/2007/08/how-to-stencil-your-own-homemade-t-shirt

You just have to put the bridges in to keep some of the areas not painted. 

So, then, after it's cut out, I place some cardboard between the shirt, under the area I'm going to stencil.  Then I tape the stencil in place.  I use a stenciling brush (is that what they are called?  It's one of those brushes with really hard bristles....) and apply just your regular everyday acrylic craft paint (remember to blot the brush on some paper towel after dipping in the paint--if you go straight from paint to shirt, the paint will bleed under the stencil and this is not pretty).  I probably should use fabric paint, but so far, I haven't had any problems with the craft paint.  I did robot shirts for my boys last year and they've been washed a gazillion times and the robot is still dancing on the front.

Alright,ANYWAYS (I feel like I get sidetracked quite easy...) after I paint it then I remove the stencil and use a small itty bitty brush to carefully fill in the bridges and fix any mistakes that may have mysteriously shown up (heh.  Yeah, I seem to make a mistake...at least a small one with each one!) I let it dry and then I put a thin piece of fabric or paper towel over it and iron it really good.  Now, my point of this is to set the paint and make it stay.  But I haven't ever stenciled anything and NOT ironed it.....so, I'm not so sure this is needed.  I mean, it works for me and I think it makes the paint stay better...but maybe it would stay just as good without ironing?   Ah well, it's not hard and I don't want to chance it. 

So, anyways (again) I then show my boys and listen to them rave about how cool it is (that is the best part!  Hmmmm, I don't look forward to the day when I'm no longer so awesome in their eyes!!)

And that's it.  I know some people use paper or cardboard for their stencils, but I like to reuse mine over and over.  I hate to waste time on something I can only do once. 

I sure hope this helped and made sense.

Good luck and if you all have more questions, feel free to holler!  Cheesy


(I just thought of another tip.....if you make a minor mistake when cutting out your stencil, just put a couple layers of clear tape over the boo boo and recut it.)
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007 12:42:40 PM »

adorable. they look fabulous.
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2007 12:55:46 PM »

OMFG!
Now this is something my 6yo boy will definitely go for! And the tute is great - very clear and seemingly easy.  Really love the images link you passed on too.  I'm definintely investigating this further...
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2007 01:32:15 PM »

those shirt are awesome!

can you tell me what paint you use?
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2007 01:44:41 PM »

Hmmm, I'm not sure of the exact brand....I just use the little bottles of craft acrylic paint you find in the craft section of wal-mart....they're around 44 cents....sorry, the paint is all downstairs and I'm still holding the wee baby. 
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2007 03:27:34 PM »

Love those shirts - especially the Godzilla one! Totally saving that link! I have a little Toby-zilla at home and he's about to grow out of the Godzilla shirt that he has already. lol
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2007 04:34:28 PM »

awsome!!!!!   I have to try this!!!  Would this work on a backpack do you think? 
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2007 05:32:42 PM »

Great! I was looking at the Acrylic paints and wondering if they'd work for the purpose but I didn't want to mess up a perfectly good shirt if it didn't work.

I got tons of acrylic paint and acetates (overhead plastic paper, not the vinyl stuff you were talking about, but uses the same old basic method).

Off I go to stencil away!

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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2007 08:06:20 PM »

So, anyways (again) I then show my boys and listen to them rave about how cool it is (that is the best part!  Hmmmm, I don't look forward to the day when I'm no longer so awesome in their eyes!!)
sigh...  I am dreading this day as well.

Thanks so much for the tute.   I can't make tshirts - since he wears a uniform - but I will try this method for some window treatments, sham, and duvet for my 6 yr old boy's room.  I am tired of all the generic Spiderman bedding he has - so I think I can come up with something unique.
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2007 02:23:37 AM »

great job, and beautiful kids too!!! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2007 07:01:45 AM »

These shirts are awesome- perfect for your little guys!
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2007 08:46:31 AM »

I love them! My son would love the stormtrooper one, he's a Star Wars fanatic! I definitely have to make some of these! Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2007 12:58:56 PM »

Godzilla and the plane!
I never knew that I couldn't live without a shirt with that on it until now! See what you did!?!?!
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2007 07:20:26 PM »

Those are awesome and I love your vinyl idea for the stencils.  Historically I've always used less permanent media for creating the stencils  - and I have a heat knife which creates those wonderfully clear cuts.  Wish I'd thought of that Smiley  I think I'll go get supplies and let my kids go nuts with this next week before school starts.
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« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2007 08:03:07 PM »

they came out great, and thanks for sharing that site, it has really good stencils. but i got a question, you said u used acrilic paint, doesn't that make the fabric hard, the part you painted at least?
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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2007 08:42:30 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I'm so glad this was helpful to you all.

Morbid Angel, I haven't had a problem with the paint making the fabric hard.  The other day when my boy put on one of them he said, "Mom, this feels just like other shirts."  He was meaning store bought ones with pictures on them.

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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2007 08:56:20 PM »

Someone pm'ed me and asked where I got the lizard skeleton stencil.  I forgot to mention that.  I got it from here....

http://www.ottobredesign.com/

if you click on english and I think free patterns, you'll find it.  They call it a lizard print.  There's also a cool turtle skeleton one. 
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« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2007 07:40:15 AM »

I just wanted to say thanks for posting this. I've been wanting to do something with my lil' guy's boring old tees but I hate applique. This looks really fun but  I doubt I have the patience to make a stencil, probably going to just freehand it.

I really love the chuck taylor shirt!
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« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2007 07:47:47 AM »

For those of you who might want the monkey stencil.  I found a link with the font.  It's free to download...

http://www.thepcmanwebsite.com/free_fonts/dingbats/11.htm

And I also like the font found on this site.  It's called Sakabe Animals 02.  It has a funny shark with sunglasses...

http://www.actionfonts.com/Fonts.php?ID=S

Enjoy!

Oh, and Paper Flowers (and everyone else!), be sure to post your shirts when you're done!  I'd love to see them. 
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« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2007 08:50:37 PM »

Oh, wow. Just the best. thank you!

And, ya know, I don't think your boys will ever forget this. Maybe other things will happen; but you'll ever be the mom who understood them and made things that reflected that. They are lucky lucky guys!
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« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2007 08:02:09 AM »

You have so inspired me to make shirts for EVERYONE I know!!! I LOVE the stencil site you included!!!
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« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2007 11:06:40 AM »

OK so i love this thread cause all the cute stuff is usually for girls which is fine cause thats all i have, but I'm preg with #3 and I'm hoping it will be of the male species so DH will have a comrade... anyhow these are SO cute and i too do not want to attempt to appliqued, but stencil I can do. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and the link!!!!
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« Reply #30 on: September 01, 2007 09:43:34 AM »

They are all awesome!!!! Cheesy Thanks for the tips!!!
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« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2007 03:20:53 PM »

I attempted my first two shirts last night.  One looks awesome and they other ok.  I have two questions:

- how do you get the white to be sooo bright on a dark shirt?  I did white on a navy blue shirt and in some places it's bright white and in others it's white but you see the navy blue through the white.  Do you let it dry and do a second coat of white or do you simply go over it a few times with the white paint before letting it dry?

- one of the shirts seems to have lots of little fuzzy pieces of tiny little "hairs" of the material (not sure there is a terms for it) and they are colored the paint color but stand up against the colored shirt and it makes the lines like less clean.  Do you iron the shirt first to avoid this?  Maybe it was just a weird shirt....

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THANKS so much for posting this, it was REALLY easy.  I am going to try a few more this weekend and I will post all the pics when completed.

THANKS!

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« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2007 04:17:02 PM »

 those are soo cool   --just fyi for those wanting to stencil...another way that I think is pretty easy is using freezer paper as your stencil you iron it onto your fabric (after cutting out your design with the exacto) and then use regular acrylic with a little textile medium (from evil wal mart) added. air dry for about 24 hours or more.. then heat set. I haven't done a ton with it but so far it is pretty easy and has worked well.   great shirts for your boys!!
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« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2008 06:50:25 PM »

I saw your post and was so inspired I HAD to make my own!!
unfortunantly my printer is without ink so printing out the more complicated this i had wanted to do wasn't feasible so for now i've done these.

Yeah, i did this one today.... and while it was drying my ds got into my room and added some painting of his own... Cry

I've also done a t-shirt with stars on it, and a whale t-shirt but havn't gotten pictures and the designs are on old ratty t-shirts. so i need to go get some nice T's to put all these great designs on!!
Thanks for the inspiration!!
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« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2008 04:07:51 AM »

I know this is an older post---but what a totally cool, and realtively simple idea!!!  Much more practical for boys than embroidery.  I have a lot of plain T's waiting!!!
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« Reply #35 on: January 22, 2010 05:49:34 AM »

i LOVE the converse one! i'm gonna have to make one for my 5 yo
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