Have I done this post before? It doesn’t appear I have but I certainly do this project frequently because it’s SUPER simple, fast, not expensive and fun. Older children can definitely help. . .In fact, they could probably make their own custom shirts, if you’re up to it.
1. Wash and dry a new onesie or cotton T-shirt.
2. Place some cardboard between the layers.
3. Place the stencil on the front of the onesie – where ever you want your design to be and secure it with some painter’s tape. Make sure the fabric is stretched slightly so the paint covers the fabric well.
4. Using a small paintbrush and acrylic paint, fill in the stencil.
5. Allow paint to dry – you might have to go over the design several times to get the desired shade.
6. Carefully remove stencil and tape. DONE.
In this case, I added a little tutu (directions here) since this is a gift for a baby girl who is due to arrive on NEW YEAR’S DAY!!
NOTE: I used a stencil I purchased. However, if you want to make a custom stencil, there are many tutorials available online to create one out of freezer paper. You could also consider doing a simple repeat pattern with a common household object (using it as a stamper almost). . .tines of a fork, a wood block, a pencil eraser to achieve polka dots. You are limited only by your imagination. Cute and inexpensive idea for holiday stocking stuffers too. . .One stenciled for every day of the week perhaps?
Also, I’ve said this before, but I’ll mention this again. . .the paint I used is NOT fabric paint. It’s just regular old acrylic paint from a tube. Have you ever gotten paint on your clothes? Yep. It doesn’t come off in the wash no matter how hard you try. So these should hold up for a while with regular washing in cold water. . .Not that we worry about such things with kids’ clothes – they get outgrown or ruined so quickly. . .although, you could probably use this technique to hide a stain if your paint is dark enough!