February 25, 2015

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Stars & Stripes Graphic Tee

This is a super easy and fun technique! Add some big, graphic stripes to a basic tee -- and throw in a star or two for even more visual splash!

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: thanks to everybody who entered, we have a winner! Robin said "I would have to say Orion also, mainly because it is one of the only ones I can ever find – that and the big dipper." Robin, we'll be in touch via email soon :)

To make this tee, all you need is some fabric paint, masking tape, and a paintbrush. An exacto knife helps too, but be sure to get a grownup to help you, if you haven't used one before.

For this tutorial, I decided to use the Liberty Jane Off-the-Shoulder tee, but you could just as easily do this technique on the free Trendy Tee

Cut out the front of your tee, and prepare to embellish...

I used one long strip of masking tape, and cut it into narrow strips with the exacto knife; then, I stuck several strips together, and traced around a paper star to get the shape I wanted. An exacto knife is super helpful when cutting this out, too.

Carefully peel up the masking tape stencils, and stick them on the shirt. (I put a piece of wax paper under the shirt front, just to help catch any possible paint bleed-through.) Once you have the tape positioned where you want it, rub it down firmly with your fingers to make sure no paint can creep underneath it. 

And... paint! Follow the directions on the package, and let the paint dry. 

Here's my finished shirt front -- at this point, it's a good idea to heat set the paint using an iron and a pressing cloth, or you can just throw the finished shirt in the dryer for half an hour or so. 

Finish sewing the shirt together.

And, give it to your doll! 

Thanks everybody, and have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


13 Comments

Lena Juka
Lena Juka

February 27, 2015

My favorite constellation is Ursa Major (the Big Dipper). I love it because it is so easily recognizable and it is easy to point out to my grandchildren on those star fillled nights. They can recognize it and feel like they are astronomers and it has inspired them to try to identify other constellations.

Lea
Lea

February 27, 2015

Orions Belt! Its always the easiest to spot! I love just staring at the stars, it reminds you how small you really are sigh

Chelsi
Chelsi

February 27, 2015

This shirt is super cute! My favorite constellation is Gemini!

Nancy Garabrandt
Nancy Garabrandt

February 27, 2015

Ursa Major-the Larger Bear :) Love this tee shirt, so cute!

Meli McG
Meli McG

February 27, 2015

I don’t really have a favorite constellation. I watch a lot of “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” though…does that count? lol

Diane
Diane

February 27, 2015

Andromeda because its in the center

Patricia
Patricia

February 26, 2015

My favorite constellation is Orion.

lisa
lisa

February 26, 2015

Gemini!!! People always tell me I have an evil twin lol.

Natalie
Natalie

February 26, 2015

Probably Orion, since he’s the only one I can ever spot! The night sky is actually pretty cool for me since I’m learning Greek mythology, which explains the names and stories.

bergit
bergit

February 26, 2015

Ursa major

Donna
Donna

February 26, 2015

Mine is Aquarius.

Danielle
Danielle

February 26, 2015

My favorite constellation is the Big Dipper.

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

February 26, 2015

Mine would have to be Sagittarius as that is my “sign”. =) I don’t really put much value in horoscopes, but it sure is fun to read them from time to time.

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