dino stenciled shirt TUTORIAL {a boy craft!}

 

in case you missed this t-shirt stencil tutorial from this morning’s review of the new Silhouette Cameo, i thought i’d put it into its own post. which will make it much easier to find in the future!

boy craft idea

my cut little guy needed a new dino shirt.  this is how i made an easy stenciled shirt using my new Cameo and Fabric Ink Start kit:

using fabric ink starter kit from silhouette tutorial

1. take apart the stencil vinyl and the clear transfer tape.

2. load your stencil vinyl into your Cameo. *note: i could not get the vinyl to feed into the Cameo without the Cutting Mat. with the Silhouette SD, i did not need to use the cutting mat. so i’m not sure if the Cameo requires the mat or not for vinyl.

making a stencil for fabric
3. cut your design out using Silhouette Studio software. when you cut out the design, be sure to leave several inches around the design. remove the inside of the design. this makes the design you cut a stencil.

how to make a fabric stencil

4. place clear transfer tape over your stencil design and peel off the vinyl paper backing.

how to stencil a tee shirt

5. place your design onto the shirt wherever you’d like it. then remove the transfer tape to reveal the vinyl stencil. *Tip: this is the beauty of using a vinyl stencil vs. a freezer paper stencil. a freezer paper stencil is limited to a place/material that you can iron. with a vinyl stencil, you can place it on almost anything. no heat needed and it peels right off when you’re done.

how to apply fabric ink to create a design

6. apply your fabric ink with a brush or sponge. Tip: whichever you choose to use, brush or sponge, i recommend dabbing it on. i brushed it on with the foam brush pictured above and it pulled the fabric and distorted the stencil slightly. so, i would recommend dabbing the paint on.

7. after the fabric ink has finished drying, remove the vinyl stencil. then set the design with a hot iron for 10 seconds.

you’re done!

what i liked LOVED about the fabric ink, is it did not bleed through the first layer of fabric. yes, i forgot to put something in the middle of the shirt before i applied the ink. and when i realized this, i frantically turned the shirt inside out to find what you see above. that the fabric ink stays on only 1 side of the fabric. PHEW!!

chalk that up to ANOTHER reason why i loved this method of stenciling fabric with vinyl and fabric ink instead of using freezer paper and fabric paint. {fabric paint bleeds through everything!}

fabric ink design for a shirt craft project

 

isn’t he such a cutie pie? he’s turning 3 soon. yikes!!

silhouette america cutting tool

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Linda
Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥
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  1. 2

    Cute! where did you find that dino shape? My 1 year old would love it! RAWR! just so you know.. you can do this with any vinyl.. clear helps with placement.. but I do it all the time with colored vinyl. Cheaper. and you can cut 9 inch vinyl with the silhouette without the mat.. you have to move the white feeds.. I think silhouette posted about it on their blog today.

  2. 3
    Donna C

    Just an FYI on loading the vinyl…..YOu need to adjust the rollers to the 8.5 setting and it will load just like the SD (maybe you did that, but didn’t post a pic?? Other than that, I’m not sure why it wouldn’t load without the mat.

    Either way…..ADORABLE shirt, and even more adorable is your brown-eyed cutie!

    Oh, and I got a Cameo too! (Unfortunately, it’s got some issues, so Silhouette is replacing it with a new one…..It will kill me to wait for it!! However, they are AMAZING

  3. 4
    Donna C

    Just an FYI on loading the vinyl…..YOu need to adjust the rollers to the 8.5 setting and it will load just like the SD (maybe you did that, but didn’t post a pic?? Other than that, I’m not sure why it wouldn’t load without the mat.

    Either way…..ADORABLE shirt, and even more adorable is your brown-eyed cutie!

    Oh, and I got a Cameo too! (Unfortunately, it’s got some issues, so Silhouette is replacing it with a new one…..It will kill me to wait for it!! However, they are AMAZING when it comes to customer service….nothing like the company that shall not be named!! LOL! :))

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  5. 5

    Those eyes! Shirt is pretty cool too,… but those eyes!

  6. 6

    Looks like your readers have got you covered on the moving over of the roller situation, which is why I clicked on over from my reader. I had no issues at all cutting the stencil vinyl mat free. Good luck!

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