DIY: Make a sparkly type T-shirt

We asked the wonderful Lindsey Cheney from the Pleated Poppy to guest blog this DIY. Lindsey began blogging seven years ago as a hobby and quickly fell in love with sharing the things she was creating at home, whether it was a new furniture arrangement, an item for her shop, or a gift for a friend. Her creativity has always been encouraged by family first by her parents and now by her husband and kids. Making is a way of life for Lindsey and she wants it to be a part of her children’s lives as well.


What you’ll need:


STEP ONE: Fairgoods let me choose a typeface from their amazing selection, and I landed on Kewl Script. Because I knew I was going to use this font for a monogram, I made sure to choose one with more “bulk.”  I printed out a few different sizes of the font in each of my girls’ initials until I found the right size.

STEP TWO: I taped the letters to my table, and taped pieces of wax paper (glossy side down) on top. I traced the outline of each monogram, and then taped that tracing to a surface and used an X-ACTO knife to cut out the monogram from the freezer paper. Note: Make sure to keep the pieces from inside the letters.

STEP THREE:  I taped the monogram on my daughter’s shirt while she was wearing it so I could get just the right placement. Once I got the monogram in just the right place, I then taped the outlined portion of the monogram to the shirt.

STEP FOUR: With a warm, dry iron, press the freezer paper to the shirt. Place the inner pieces of the letters in the right spot, then press those too. I made sure to press the freezer paper well to ensure the paint wouldn’t leak under.

STEP FIVE:   Take your pouncer brush and gently dab on your fabric paint. As you can see, the paint goes on transparent, so you will have to do several coats. I ended up doing about five coats of the gold paint, and two coats of the glitter paint.

STEP SIX:  Once the paint was completely dry, I very carefully and slowly pulled the freezer paper off the shirt, keeping my finger on the edge of the painted sections while separating the fabric from the paper. (I love that the lines ended up being really crisp!)

And you’re done! This worked great with the metallic paint alone, but I knew my girls would love some added sparkle with the glitter.

Fairgoods is an online shop that sells type and fun gifts that use that type.

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