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Plus Logo Hoodie a Tutorial

This project was intended to be a Christmas present for my fiance. I never finished it, until now! I’ve had the supplies, just not the time to complete it. The plain black hoodie hung around for six months, he even wore it a few times before I was able to make it cool.

To complete this project yourself (though I recommend using a logo or picture of something you like), you will need:

  • zip-front hoodie
  • contact paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • cardboard

Let me explain the acrylic paint. I know there is fabric paint available, you may even prefer to use it. I, however, don’t like to spend $4.00 for a small bottle of paint. I have found that acrylic paint holds up quite well on t-shirts, even after many washings. The Binary Love T-shirt is a great example. The paint does fade just a little after the first washing, but after that I haven’t noticed any problems. My fiance wears this shirt on a weekly basis.

If you haven’t already, wash your hoodie. This will make sure there isn’t any dirt or other things that may keep the paint from sticking properly. It will also take care of any shrinking that may happen.

While you are waiting, open up your Silhouette software and create a file of the design you are painting on the hoodie. You will not need to mirror the design since we will be using the contact paper as a stencil.

Once your design is complete, take your contact paper or transfer paper and affix it to your cutting mat with the paper side down. You will be cutting the sticky part. Send the design to the machine to cut your design. I use the speed setting 3 (Anything faster seems to create problems) and a cutting depth of 2 or 3.

Once the hoodie is washed and dried and you have your design cut, it’s time for the fun part. Slide the cardboard between the layers of the hoodie just in case the paint bleeds through. Now carefully pull the outline of the design off the paper. You should be left holding the sticky part of the contact paper. This is your stencil.

Position the stencil on the hoodie where you want to paint it. Press it down really well around the edges to keep the paint from seeping under the contact paper. Make certain you have it positioned exactly how you want it before you start painting.

Using the foam brush, apply paint to the hoodie inside your stencil. I usually do a thin first coat. Then apply thicker second and third coats. Let the paint dry before removing the stencil.

When the paint is completely dry, I recommend washing the hoodie before wearing.

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Binary Love

I had grand plans for Valentine’s Day. Had being the key word. I wanted to make a special dinner. There was going to be dessert (desert?, I can never remember). I also had a couple of gifts I wanted to create. In the end, we ordered Chinese take-out and watched a movie on Netflix. I guess that’s what happens when you both work very long days. I’m fairly certain we did something special over the weekend, but it’s not quite the same.

One of the first projects I completed is one of my Valentine’s Day gifts. I found the idea from The Boy Trifecta. It’s a wonderful blog with lots of boy friendly ideas. These ideas often translate well into things I can make for my tech geeky boyfriend. Such as this shirt. Emily (I hope she doesn’t mind me using her first name as if I know her), made the design for her Silhouette. Then she was marvelous enough to share it with anyone who asked.

This was my first non-paper project using my Silhouette. I had planned on using a sheet of stencil plastic to cut the design into. That plan was going well until the plastic sheet slipped on the cutting mat and the cuts got all messed up. I think next time I’ll not use the cutting mat (I learned after the fact this is possible).

My back-up plan involved transfer paper. I thought was for such a purpose. Turns out it’s really for transferring vinyl designs onto their final destination. Who knew? However, the grid side is just the right amount of sticky to work perfectly as a stencil. I believe I set the blade to 1 or 2 (I should take better notes while doing projects). The stencil came out wonderfully. I did edit the pattern a bit, I took off the bottom line that said nerd love. My boyfriend likes a bit of a mystery with his t-shirts.

I placed the stencil on the shirt, doing my best to center the design and making certain it wasn’t too high. I could have measured and been more scientific about the process, but I eyeballed it instead.

I don’t know if you have been fabric paint shopping recently, but it is really expensive these days. Plus I didn’t find a color I wanted. I settled on using Folk Art Acrylic Paint in a bright yellow. I’ve used acrylic paint on fabric before with good results. It fades a bit after a few washes, but it doesn’t flake off or wash out. I also swear I have foam brushes in the house somewhere, but the state of my craft room has them well hidden. I found this brush in our everything drawer in the kitchen.

While I was painting, I made certain to put on an extra thick coat. Some of the paint is going to soak into the t-shirt material. Following the first coat, I went back over the design with another coat. I didn’t wait for it to dry, I just added a bit more paint.

I did make sure to let the paint dry for about an hour before carefully peeling off the stencil. Because I wasn’t super careful and did paint the paper as well as the shirt, I wanted to be extra careful in peeling off the stencil paper. I didn’t want any paint to come off with the stencil.

If I had been super romantic, I would have taken the time to wrap the shirt before my boyfriend came home from work. Instead, I left it on the newly cleaned off kitchen table. I think he enjoyed the surprise. I even caught him googling the code to discover the meaning.

The confirmation that he likes the shirt was him wearing it to work just a couple of days later! And then discovering that he posted a photo to facebook!


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