a few weeks ago my sister and i went into a high end boutique and saw this beautiful soft sweatshirt with a huge glittered heart on it – it was adorable! and it was around $100. not happening. so i decided to make my own version!
i have been wanting to try a freezer paper craft for a long time, and finally did it!
the supplies are simple:
shirt – i used a raglan sleeve t from forever 21. it was a little thinner than i’d suggest using, but i love the casual baseball style of the shirt contrasting with the sparkly copper glitter!
i used this multi-surface glitter paint from martha stewart crafts – i was really happy with the quality!
start by folding the shirt in half and pressing with an iron.
this line is to give you a guideline for centering your stencil.
next, get some sort of cardboard to put inside your shirt. i used a gift box lid for mine.
be sure that the cardboard is centered and is wider than the stencil.
get scrap paper, fold in half, and start making heart templates.
make a few samples and choose your favorite. i chose the bottom one.
next center the heart on your shirt. notice how mine isn’t centered on the pressed line, but is centered otherwise?
thats why the pressed line is just a guideline!
next get the freezer paper out. the shiny side is the side you put against the fabric.
fold the freezer paper in half, shiny sides together, then wrap the heart template over it.
cut out the heart stencil.
center the stencil on the shirt and press with a hot iron all around the edges. be sure to get all the edges really well so the paint doesn’t seep under. super duper important!
shake up the paint and start painting!
i started with the edges and dabbed it on, trying to get it as even as possible.
the left half i did more of a brushing technique and i liked it better. i also wanted the heart to be more of a solid glitter so i did 2 more coats, allowing it to dry between coats. i probably could’ve stopped at 2 coats because my heart turned out to be a bit stiff.
then i set it in the sun to dry completely.
the freezer paper peels off easily.
a nice sharp edge!
to make sure the paint stays on through the wash, i covered the shirt with a pressing cloth and pressed it a few times to heat set it.