Have some plain tees that need some excitement? I had a tank I’d picked up inexpensively and was ready to dress up – and the folks who make Fabric Creations™ stamps and soft fabric ink sent a bunch of stamps and ink for me to try! I used them to make a striped stamped tank and I’ll show you how to make your own one-of-a-kind project too! This post is brought to you by Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions are all mine.
Grab your materials:
- a plain t-shirt or tank or dress or onesie or pj pants or… ALL THE THINGS! (great time to upcycle one with stains!)
- stamping mat
I laid my tank out on a board and went looking for masking tape. Turns out I don’t have any plain jane masking tape anymore. Washi to the rescue! Gold, no less.
Loading up the stamps is simple. Use a sponge to apply the ink and stamp it firmly onto the fabric with the stamping board underneath.
I kinda broke the rules and used a ribbed tank but I thought the stamps still came out nice and clear — probably depends on the type of rib knit you use. This one is nice and soft.
Masking off negative space – whether it’s stripes or a giant circle or rectangle or heart or lightning bolt or whaaaatever big bold shape – organizes the craziest bunch of stamp designs. When I started with the elephant I thought for a second that he was going to be more attention grabby than I wanted…
But I kept going…
And in the end he melts right in. I used four different stamps here within one color palette and they blend together nicely.
The soft fabric ink looks and feels and smells much like fabric paint – but covers really nicely with the stamps. You can use the printing blocks on clothing, quilts, embroidery projects and scrapbooks. Before I wrapped this one up I decided to fill in some negative space with some pencil eraser stamps, too.
The inks come in a full range of colors and include metallics. Super easy to mix and blend – you can stamp them as I have but also stencil or brush them on. When you’re finished stamping a little soap and water and a scrub brush cleans them up easily since it’s water based and nontoxic, yet once it’s dry on your project it’s machine washable.
These would be perfect for a craft fair project – one of a kind textile finishes with an artisan-crafted look that doesn’t take eleventeen years to accomplish.
My 6 year old was happy to claim this one. Honestly she’s so sweet about everything I make these days – she wants it allll. She’s planned most of my summer projects out for me. Of course, photo shoots these days involve a bit negotiation. She’ll let me direct for a minute or two and then it’s this.
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Sarah Helene says
LOVE this striped stamped girl’s T-shirt tutorial! Unique idea, creative & clever, too, using rubber stamps as well as the pencil eraser stamped dots. Detailed steps are easy to follow with accompanying photos. Practical idea to “up cycle” a stained T-shirt and give kids a hand in creating their own “look” with a few stamps repeating for a pattern or not. I like the pastel pinks and corals on the pure white T-shirt. THANKS for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis
Thanks, Sarah! :)
Wow, where did you find the elephant stamp?
The Plaid folks sent me a crazy fun box of stuff to try and the elephant was part of it, but they tell me you can get an elephant of your own at Hobby Lobby or from plaidonline.com!
I’ve looked for the elephant stamp but cannot find it. :(
Found it! —> http://www.plaidonline.com/fabric-creations-block-printing-stamps-medium-para/210/27206/product.htm
Wow, this T-shirt looks so awesome! Great information, thanks so much.
jessica abbott says
I love this Susan! I would’ve never thought to do the stripes with stamps – very cute!
Sandra Glover says
What a happy little shirt! This would make a great project for the children to do this summer!
Totally would! My girls are ready to roll on their own!
marissa | rae gun ramblings says
Oh I love this I would have never thought to do stripes like that!
Love this idea! I must have the elephant stamp, it’s awesome!
I love this idea, thanks for posting. Do you know how the ink stands up to washing though? Thanks!
Really well! Very little fading.