iLovetoCreate Grateful Dad T-shirt

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by Pattie Donham Wilkinson, iLovetoCreate®

iLovetoCreate Grateful Dad T-shirt

This Father's Day, show your dad how grateful you are with a special shirt created just for him! Turn an ordinary white T-shirt into a treasured gift with the Rainbow Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit and Tulip Soft Fabric Paint.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Prewash T-shirt to remove sizing; do not use fabric softener.
  • 2
    Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Lay damp shirt flat on prepared surface. Pull up center of shirt into a tube shape and tightly wrap a rubber band around tube about 3" below tip. Wrap seven more rubber bands round tube, about 1" apart.
  • 3
    Wearing plastic gloves from dye kit, add water to the Red, Blue and Yellow dye bottles to the line indicated on bottles. Replace caps tightly and shake bottles until dye is dissolved.
  • 4
    Squeeze Yellow dye on tip of fabric, Blue in the next rubber banded section and Red in the third section. Repeat pattern as shown, until each section has dye.
  • 5
    Cover shirt with plastic tablecloth to keep damp and let set for 6 to 8 hours or longer for most intense colors. Rinse T-shirt in warm running water until water runs clear, removing rubber bands at this time. Wash separately in a large load of hottest water suitable for T-shirt fabric and a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately.
  • 6
    Place T-shirt flat on work surface. Insert cardboard piece in between layers of shirt.
  • 7
    Use a letter stencil in a font of your choosing to spell out Grateful Dad and tape down to the front of the tee to prevent the stencil from moving. Squeeze a puddle of Ebony Soft Fabric Paint onto foil. Using flat end of wedge makeup sponge, dab into paint then dab on shirt within stencils. Let dry and add a second coat if needed. Remove stencils and let dry completely.
  • 8
    Wait 72 hours before washing. Wash in warm water, gentle cycle with mild soap; line dry. Clean up with soap and water. Do not dry clean.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit Rainbow 104768724
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint 1 oz. Ebony Matte 104131037
  • Tulip Surface Cover 104514560
  • Letter Stencils
  • Wedge Makeup Sponge
  • Gildan T-Shirt White (100% Cotton)
  • Tulip Fashion Form
  • Scissors
  • Foil