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Paint Children's July 4th Tee Shirts
Two 4th of July Tee Shirt Projects
Painting seasonal tee shirts is a great way to work crafting into vacation time. Exercise your creative side and make the 4th of July extra special for little ones by giving them tee shirts designed with them in mind.
Summer is tee shirt season and these comfy tops make a great canvas that young and old alike can use to paint red, white, and blue creations on. This hub gives you a look at my projects for a brother and a sister which can help you whip up a patriotic gift for children you love.
Supplies Needed for These Painted Tee Shirts
• 2 White Tee Shirts--be sure to get the Correct Sizes and just as importantly, be sure to wash and dry them before beginning to paint because Sizing in the New Fabric can Prevent the Paints from Setting Correctly.
• Red, Blue, and Gold Craft/Fabric Paints--I used Craft Paints for these, but Fabric Paints and Pens are available.
• 3 Paper Plates--One for each Color of Paint.
• Paper to Cover the Work Surface.
• Paint Brushes to suit the Design you choose--I only needed One for Fine Lines on these Designs.
• Patriotic Stencils--I used them for the Basic Designs on these two Projects.
• Paper to Insert Between Front and Back of Tee Shirts when Painting--I just use a sheet of junk mail for these Small Shirts, but no newsprint.
• Clean Cardstock to Insert Between Fronts and Backs for Ironing.
• White Tissue Paper for Ironing.
Beginning to Paint Two 4th of July T-Shirts
The first t-shirt design is for a fine boy who is growing up fast. His design needed to have an official look to it.
On the left front shoulder area I outlined the basic design with a stencil. Using a fine line brush to outline the design with paint, I used the same brush to fill in this small design.
After allowing the first layer of paint to dry, I went over the red and blue areas again, and highlighted the bottom of the red with a blue line.
When that step was dry I used gold to highlight the blue star and add dots above the red area. After the gold dried I went over it again so there would be more prominent.
The shirt was hung to dry for a few hours, and I went to work on the girl’s shirt.
The second t-shirt design is for a little girl who is still a toddler. I wanted something whimsical, but not too different from her brother's t-shirt.
Again, I used the stencil to outline the basic design on the left front shoulder area. Then I used the liner brush to fill in the small areas with red and blue. After allowing that layer of paint to dry I deepened the colors with another layer of paint on the design.
I forgot to take a picture of the design before adding the gold highlights, but it’s not too hard to imagine what it looked like at that point. The red and blue needed to thoroughly dry before I finished with the gold accents.
Using the metallic gold and the fine liner brush I highlighted the stars and added the gold dots to the shoulder as shown in the photograph. I placed larger dots among the stars and made them smaller as I faded the design up the shoulder.
The technique worked and it looks like stars swooping through the sky--well, I think so, anyway. :)
Important Last Step for July 4th Tee Shirts
The craft paint I used is permanent on porous items, but on clothing that will be washed it needs to be steam ironed to set it correctly. Even then, cold hand washing would be the best method of cleaning these tee shirts.
To iron, position the clean piece of card stock paper inside the shirt. Set iron on steam heat. Place white tissue paper over painted design.
Begin steam ironing sections in 60 second intervals. Press firmly and don’t hurry. The paint needs to flatten and set up. I went over my designs twice.
Gently peel tissue paper off when the entire design is well ironed. Slide card stock out of tee shirt. Hang shirt to cool and dry for about an hour. Check to make sure the paint is not tacky before folding and putting it in a gift bag.
2 More Patriotic Tee Shirts
Two more patriotic holiday tee shirts are now posted but you might want to find your sunglasses before clicking the link. The next ones are brighter and busier than the ones you've just seen.
Tiny sisters will get lots of play time out of these two shirts, and you can learn how to make their super easy designs for some children in your life--be they young or old! :)