a tee for dad is my fave

May 28, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the gal behind Frock Files. I’m familiar with the freezer paper technique of transferring an image on a shirt but I’m happy to learn about this new screen printing method. What’s even better is you can customize it any way you like.

handmade father's day present

Whenever my dad is at the Asian market, the old ladies come over to tell him that he looks just like a Japanese soap opera star. He’s also in a rock band with his high school buddies. My nephew thinks this is all very goofy and embarrassing. Whenever he hears my dad sing he covers his ears, and we like to say, “But Akira, grandpa is a stud!” This only makes him giggle harder.

Since my family lives in Hawaii, t-shirts are easy to wear all year, so I thought I’d make one emblazoned with the word “STUD” as a joke for my dad this Father’s Day. I learned this screen printing technique in high school and, though it’s not perfect, it’s definitely a fun way to make a customized t-shirt with a few supplies you probably already have on hand.

handmade father's day present


Small, cheap brushes (narrow and wide)
Mod Podge
Embroidery hoop
Fabric paint
Printed design
Sheer fabric (like a sheer curtain panel)

handmade father's day present

1. Print out an image that you like. It’s easiest to go with something that has a somewhat organic shape, since it will be more forgiving. (Typography is hard to get right!)

handmade father's day present

2. Cut a piece of sheer fabric to fit in the embroidery hoop. Place the fabric within the embroidery hoop and tighten. Pull the fabric as taut as possible.

3. Place the embroidery hoop with the fabric on top of the design. The edges of the fabric will be facing up toward you, like a cupcake liner. Trace the design using a pencil.

4. Using a narrow paintbrush, trace around the design with Mod Podge. You’ll want to cover all the areas that won’t get painted. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely then apply one more coat.

handmade father's day present

5. Place a few sheets of paper between the two layers of the t-shirt. Using a wide brush, paint over the design with your fabric paint. You may want to use a light stippling motion to make sure the paint seeps all the way through the fabric. Apply another coat while the first is still wet.

6. Remove the embroidery hoop to reveal your design.

handmade father's day present

My dad is probably going to be really embarrassed that I’ve let you all in on this family joke. So what nicknames do you have for your dad?

See more from Joy on Frock Files



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