Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Rachel Budke12
DIY Screen Printed Sweatshirt
I’ve seen quite a few tutorials online for how to make a DIY Screen Print, and the method I chose to use is the tutorial I found by Calico Skies. This project does take some time and planning, but it was definitely worth it because the results are super cool!
- Embroidery Hoop, big enough to fit your design
- Nylon panty-hose
- Design of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Paint, color: Wedding Cake)
- An old gift card/credit card
- Paper grocery bag
- Shirt/Sweatshirt (I used the Champ Sweatshirt by Alternative Apparel, Eco Black)
- Stretch the nylon panty-hose around your embroidery hoop, making sure that it is tight.
- Using a sharpie, trace or draw on the design of your choice. Make sure you trace it with the side of the hoop with the nylon touching the counter/floor/work surface. You do not need to reverse your design.
- Carefully paint the nylon with Mod Podge on the places that you do not want the paint to go through. The places that you leave unpainted will be printed onto the shirt. I would recommend laying down paper or newspaper, because it can get kind of messy! Make sure you do this step with the nylon side facing you, and not touching the table. Otherwise, it will get stuck to the paper and won’t properly cover the nylon. As you can see from my pictures, I started doing this the wrong way. ;)
- After the first coat of Mod Podge is dry, paint on another coat. I waited until the next day to paint my second coat. It helps to hold your embroidery hoop up to a light or window in order to check for places that you may have missed. Remember to be meticulous when it comes to this step! Let the second coat dry completely.
- Place a paper bag inside your shirt or sweatshirt so the paint does not bleed through. Place the embroidery hoop on top of your shirt, with the nylon directly touching the surface of the fabric. It helps to have an extra set of hands to hold the hoop steady. Squirt the paint onto the surface and carefully spread it around using an old credit card or gift card. Carefully lift the embroidery hoop straight up and off of the shirt.
- Using a small paint brush, fill in any places that did not get covered with paint.
A few notes:
This project turned out really cool and it has sort of a distressed/vintage feel. If you want something to be perfectly crisp, this probably isn’t the right method for you.
I have not had any problems when washing my sweatshirt. However, I do wash it inside out, just to be safe. The paint will crack a little bit as a wears, but I think that it just adds character.
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