DIY boy t-shirt & hoodie

we’re back with another crewcuts inspired t-shirt tutorial….  this time for the handsome & charming boys in your life.  (head this way if you want to see the girl version.)

boys are the best, don’t you think?

and look particularly cute in stripes & numbers!

we also love our boys in hoodies.  so, towards the bottom of this post you’ll find a simple embellishment you can add to a hoodie, or anything with pockets.

here’s our inspiration for project numero uno:

but we had a hard time choosing .  here are some other options to consider:

espen really liked the “ollie” tee with the skateboard….

…. so when we were finished with his number tee, he helped me make a skateboard & ollie template.  we didn’t have time to use it for this tutorial, but it is included in the number template (linked below), if you want to give it a try!

here is the SUPPLY LIST:
this template (or make one at home), printed on regular paper….  our applique templates are also a great option!
> t-shirt to embellish (the red & white striped one we used is a well-worn tee from espen’s closet that i bought at H&M)
> textile/fabric paint (our local craft store carries a “silk screening” brand)
> freezer paper
> exacto knife
> iron & board
> paint brush
> piece of thick card stock or cardboard (this will go on the inside of the shirt to keep the paint from soaking through.

STEP 1: trace template onto a piece of freezer paper, wax side down.  using an exacto knife, cutout the design into a stencil.

STEP 2: lay stencil, wax side down, on t-shirt & position how you want.  iron into place.  the wax will stick to the shirt, but will also stick to the iron if it’s facing the wrong way!

STEP 3: slip a piece of cardboard or card stock inside your shirt.  using a paintbrush, apply fabric paint until area is covered.

STEP 4:  allow to dry and then peel off freezer paper.  before washing or wearing be sure to read instructions on your fabric paint packaging.

once the paint has set, add it to your little (or big) guy’s wardrobe.

don’t want to fuss with the freezer paper and template?

you’ll love project numero dose:

the plain gray hoodie is from target for $8.

here’s our inspiration:

a contrasting striped pocket….  cute!

to get the look…

STEP 1: using painters tape, simply tape off the area you want to paint.  apply a layer of fabric paint for the base and let dry.

STEP 2: hand paint stripes.  if the base color is dark, you may need a few coats.  allow to dry.  before washing or wearing, be sure to read care instructions on fabric paint packaging.

griffey likes it.  and his boy bloomers.  and striped socks.

and hanging with his brother while i snapped a few.

their photo shoot was so different from tilly’s.  they could care less about the camera.  but then again, why would they when there is stuff to build!?

oh, i almost forgot…

if at first you aren’t crazy about your DIY project, give it a couple days before you decide what you REALLY think about it.  wear it, lay it out, use it.  especially if you are a perfectionist!

for me, the same thing is true when trying a new fashion trend or decor in my home.  it always feels awkward at first.

that was fun!  i would love to hear what you think and if you’ve used fabric paint before….  let us know in the comments below.

happy weekend!

xo . rae + jane

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  • aimee steckowski August 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    these are so great!!! i’ll be painting shirts for sure next week {when the weather is a little cooler!} great tips!

  • drelli August 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    griffy is my hero. second to his momma, of course 😉