Kids Geometric Shape Tee Tutorial
Geometric designs are all the rage, and since simple shapes and kids are a natural match, I threw together this fun project for my guys. The project was a big win. The boys really had fun with the process and love their tees, and I think they are super stylin’. I kind of want one for myself now…See how we did it after the jump.
You will need:
Cardboard that fits in the tee
Round sponge brush
Soft fabric paint (3-4 colors)
Hair dryer (optional)
Place a piece of cardboard (or one of those cardboard t-shirt forms, if you have one), inside the t-shirt to keep paint from seeping through to the back. And protect your work surface, if you care about stuff like that.
To make the triangle, I cut two pieces of 8.5″x11″ paper in half lengthwise. I placed three of the pieces onto the t-shirt to make a large triangle shape in the center of the shirt, and then taped off the inside edges using masking tape. You can make any straight sided shape, but bear in mind that more complex shapes (like the star) take a bit more effort and precise placement.
Use any excess paper to mask of any parts of the t-shirt that may be peeking through.
Use the round sponge brush to pounce on your first layer of fabric paint. I helped both of my boys, especially in the corners and the edges. Cover all of the exposed shape area, but leave it nice and textured. Allow to dry, or use a hair dryer on low to speed up the drying process.
Once the first coat is dry, use the masking tape to tape off areas within the shape. Kids love to tape things, so this is a fun part to let them help with. Make sure to run your fingers over the edges to make sure they are securely taped down.
Choose another color or two (Milo picked blue and metallic gold), and pounce some more.
Fill in some shapes completely, and don’t for others. Allow the second coat to dry, or again use the blow dryer to speed up the drying time.
Pull off some or all of the internal masking tape. Go back in with your first color and pounce a little bit more, breaking up some of the hard edges. Dry the paint for the final time.
Once the paint is totally dry, remove all of the tape and paper masking. Follow any instructions for heat setting on your fabric paint.
Now put on the shirt, go outside and strike a bunch of silly poses with your brother!