A few weeks ago I bought a big men’s t-shirt from the thrift store for a few bucks (see it here), and I knew I wanted to make it into a slouchy tank top with some kind of design on the front. I looked around for stamps FOREVER but I couldn’t find one that I liked, so I learned how to make my own!! This DIY tutorial will show you how to make your very own stamped tank top, in any design you like… So fun :)
- Shirt (and a sewing machine if you plan on altering it)
- Sticky foam sheets
- Block of wood
- Fabric-friendly paint (I used this, and it’s fantastic)
Step 1: Lay out your shirt and mark where you want to cut it… don’t stress about this too much, it’s supposed to look slouchy!
Step 2: Cut it and finish the edges with a sewing machine (or just leave it unfinished, it would probably look sweet)
Step 3: Draw or trace your desired stamp design onto a sticky-back foam sheet
Step 4: Cut out your design (this is easiest with a small, sharp knife)
Step 5: Peel the backing off of the foam sheet and stick your cutout onto a block of wood… you just made a stamp!
Step 6: Make your stamp pad: put a dollop of fabric-friendly paint onto a plastic plate and lay a square of felt on top. Let the paint bleed through the felt until it is saturated (you can help the process along by pressing down on the felt with a popsicle stick or something)
Step 7: Dip your stamp into the stamp pad and lightly press it down onto your shirt (IMPORTANT: put something between the front and back of the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the other side… I used a piece of poster board)
Step 8: If you want to change colours, gently wipe the stamp with a damp paper towel and create a new stamp pad
Step 9: Let it dry!
YOU'RE DONE! you crafty thing, you!
I just know I’m going to go on a fabric-stamping rampage now that I’ve learned this trick! I plan on stamping a bunch of throw pillows for our new couch… I think one with a bunch of mustaches would be so awesome. Any other ideas??