- Shirt, Tote bag, pants, hat, whatever you want your image on
- Print of the image you want...in the size you want it
- Freezer paper
- Exacto knife
- Cutting board/mat
- Permanent Fabric Paint in color(s) of choice(Matte Finish)
- Paint brush or sponge brush to paint on the fabric
...but if it is a more difficult picture, I suggest tracing it and coloring it the parts that will be painted.
Cut out the picture. As you can see below, you also need to keep the parts that are not painted. For this picture, it was the Face, eyes, and tongue. The more detail of your picture, the longer it will take. I made 5 of these, so I turned on a favorite movie and started cutting. It really didn't take as long as I thought it would once I got the hang of it.
Next, you're going to iron the freezer paper to your shirt. With the shiny side down, just iron right on the paper. I keep the picture right next to me to make sure I put the small pieces exactly where they need to go.
After the head was down, I placed the face, eyes, and mouth in the right spots and ironed them on - one at a time. I went over everything an extra 3-4 times to make sure the edges are sealed really well.
Now it is time to paint. Put a piece of cardboard(or something thick) in the shirt so it doesn't bleed through to the back. I used one of these sponge brushes.
Paint the whole thing - make sure you get the edges really well. Let it dry and do another coat - or 3.
I waited about 2 hours between each coat and then just let it dry over night before peeling the freezer paper off. You could speed up this process by using a hair dryer. When you take the freezer paper off, put a piece of fabric over the image and run over it with the iron to heat set it. Remember, you could definitely personalized these! Just print on the name in the font you want and follow the same steps above putting the name below your image.
My kids have worn and washed their shirts several times since we've been back and the shirts still look great! You can often find plain shirts on sale for $3ish dollars and the paint is often on sale for less than 40cents a tube! I bought a HUGE roll of freezer paper that will last me the rest of my crafting life(I might be exaggerating with as much as I plan on using this technique in the future) for about $5.
Want to make your own Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Headbands? Here is an easy Tutorial!