Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tizzie's Tutorial #2: How To Stencil A Shirt

If you'd like a shirt you designed yourself, or with some text on it, but you can't afford having it screen printed, just stencil one yourself! I'll show you how to make one step by step.

What you need:

- A t-shirt
- Plain adhesive (sticker) paper
- Fabric paint
- A small Paint roller
- Scissors
- X-acto knife
- Printer
- Old news papers or ads

Let's get started!

Step 1. Wash your shirt! This is an important step, to allow the shirt to shrink before you apply shirt. If it's an old shirt you can skip this step.

Step 2. Find a stencil online, or create one yourself. If you'd like to turn a regular picture in photoshop, you can do this by going to: Image > Adjustments > Treshold, and play around with the levels a bit until you got it right.

Step 2

Step 3. Print the stencil on adhesive paper

Step 4. Carefully cut out your stencil with an x-acto knife.

Step 4

Step 5. Get out your shirt, peel off the backing of the adhesive tape, and stick it to your shirt. If your stencil has any "islands", bits in the middle of the stencil that don't need to get painted, stick those to the shirt too.

Step 5

Step 6. Stick some old papers around the shirt, overlapping the edges of the stencil, so you can't get paint anywhere on the shirt where you don't want it. Put some paper in between your shirt too, so you won't get paint on the back if it leaks through.

Step 6

Step 7. Apply paint to your roller, and carefully apply it to your shirt. Don't press too hard, if you do, the paint will leak under the edges. Make sure the paint is spreaded out evenly. When you finished, let the paint dry.

Step 7

Step 8. Apply another layer of paint and let dry again.

Step 8

Step 9. When the second layer is dry, peel the stencil off the shirt. Do this carefully!

Step 9

Step 10. Fixate the paint by ironing over it with a sheet of baking paper in between.

Step 10

Step 11. Take a stupid picture of yourself wearing your brand new shirt, to show how happy you are with the results.

Step 11


  1. Great tutorial - thanks for sharing!

  2. Great post. great photos. I'm now going to have to go and give this stencilling a try. Comments seem to be working fine now!

  3. Great tutorial! That looks so cute!

  4. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :D

  5. A wealth of info and no problem commenting! Great blog!

  6. Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Love the shirt...

  7. thanks for sharing! Looks great!

  8. I've tried to stencil t-shirts before but with no luck. I'll give your way a go. Looks nice & easy!

    Thanks for the tute :)

  9. What a neat idea! You look awesome!

  10. Awesome tutorial. Nice blog.

  11. Thank you! It's just what I needed.

  12. so dang cute!!
    we just might do this today!

  13. woohoo tizzie! lovin' the t-shirt and totally loving the new bangs! nice~ me likey.

  14. fab! gonna have to do this now :)

  15. That's a great tutorial Tizz! I might have to try doing that for one of my pillows! Thanks! :)

  16. That's a great tutorial Tizz! I might have to try doing that for one of my pillows! Thanks! :)

  17. Thanks so much for that tutorial! I've long been wanting to try homemade silk screening, but the methods always seemed so complicated. I think this will be a better venture for me!

  18. you are ony very patient girl, by the way the shirt looks great!!

  19. wow, that is a great idea, and very clear tutorial!

  20. LOVE the tutorial!!!


    is that YOU??? you are a TOTAL cutie girl!!!!

  21. Awesome tutorial! I need to try that sometime.

  22. This is an awesomely cool tutorial. Thank you! Your shirt is so cute. There are no stores in my area that sell screen printing materials - I think I shall have to protest by trying this out! :)

  23. OMG Girl you look so cute!!!xoxo

  24. You are AWESOME:) This is fabulous!!!!!!!

  25. Wow I didn't know it could be so easy to stencil your own shirt. I'm glad I found your tutorial. Thanks,

  26. Ohh!!! That's a great idea!! Thank you for sharing(^_^)!!

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  28. love it sooo much. i'll definitely try it. thank you.


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