Thursday, July 12, 2012

DIY Vintage T-Shirt

Hi lovelies!  When I was asked to test this new fabric paint, DecoArt Ink Effects, I was so excited to try it out!  Instead of applying the paint directly on to the fabric, which always ends up feeling crunchy after, you paint onto paper and then you iron it on to the fabric!  The best thing is the image can be reused, obviously the color will fade with subsequent uses, which is what I wanted for the tshirt!  Stay tuned for what I used my initial transfer for! {More after the break}

Here's all 12 (!) colors I received, plus the basecoat.  It's important to pick your color based on the colored sticker on the cap, rather than the color through the bottle.

Here's all the colors available!

Any images need to be mirror-flipped if you're printing an image.  I enlarged my image and printed it poster style on four sheets.  I then painted two good coats of the colors directly on to the paper and allowed it to dry overnight.

When using fabric that is more than 30% cotton, this spray basecoat is needed.  I sprayed it over the tshirt and let it dry.

I placed the image on the shirt, and covered the back with waxed paper.  (The directions instruct you to put another sheet of paper over the paper the image is painted on)  Then I ironed the image for a good three minutes, as recommended when using the basecoat.  Make sure the iron is on HOT and NO STEAM.  Keep the iron moving the entire time.  The best part is you can check the progress of the transfer by peeling up the edge.  If the color isn't dark enough, keep ironing until you're happy with the result.

Here's what I ended up with!  Now to make the tee a bit more wearable....

I cut out the neck...

Then I cut off the edges of the sleeves...

And finally I cut off the bottom hem.

Here it is!  Obviously, the shirt will look more broken in (less brand new!) after a few washes.  The best part about the Ink Effects?  The image does not come off in the wash!

I hope you love what I did, and encourage you to check out this amazing product which is now in Joann's stores!


Disclosure: I was provided the product to review by The BluePrint Social, I was not compensated, and all opinions are always my own!


  1. I love how it turned out! :D


  2. I am so jealous of creative people like you - what a fun T!!!


  3. What a great DIY Lia! The image of you chose is perfect for that vintage-y look! Xo!
    Erin @ Thanks, I Made It

  4. What a great DIY Lia! The image of you chose is perfect for that vintage-y look! Xo!
    Erin @ Thanks, I Made It

  5. Great DIY!! How cool. I will have to try.

  6. Hi Lia
    Just clicked over from DecoArt's blog. I love your Endless Summer t-shirt. [This image is one of my favorites!] Did you paint over the entire design, including text, with the InkEffects? Would love to hear back from you.


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