Sunday, November 17, 2013

DIY Pineapple Stenciled Sweatshirt

Last week I admitted that my outfits lately have been less-than fashionable... and I made a manifesto to fight against my tendency to wear sweatshirts and sneakers.

Eh.  Wee-eeeeellll, I backtracked.  Sweatshirts are just so comfortable and warm.  I couldn't resist!  But hear me out, at least I tried making my sweats a little more fashionable by adding some stencils.

Yes.  Pineapple stencils.  Yum!

 Here's what I did:

Materials:
  • Sweatshirt
  • Cereal Box
  • Pencil
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Craft paint
  • Fabric medium
  • Masking tape 
  • Kitchen towel
  • Iron

Directions:

1.  Create a stencil out of a cereal box.
2.  Make fabric paint by mixing your craft paint and fabric medium together.
3.  Place a cereal box inside of your sweatshirt to make sure that the paint doesn't bleed through.  Stencil your sweatshirt by tapping your sponge brush up and down over the stencil.  To ensure that your stencil looks nice and neat, hold the stencil very still, try not to put too much paint on your sponge brush, and practice a couple of times before you work on your actual sweatshirt to get a feel for things.
4.  If you'd like to ensure that your stencil design is uniform, create a masking tape grid to help with stencil placement.
5.  To protect your stencils in the wash, heat set them by placing a thin kitchen towel over them and then ironing it.  

So, what do you think?  I really like how it turned out because now the sweatshirt is comfy and cute too.
Happy crafting!


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