I did it my friends. I gave into Martha and her crafty ways – and I liked it. I made a DIY ombre t-shirt known as the “ombre applique thing-a-ma-bobby.” The reason it ended up that way is a long story . . . but you’ll see the progress as we move along through the tutorial. Before I begin, I want to let you know that I made said t-shirt with the new Martha Stewart Decorative paint line by Plaid Crafts. It’s a new line of paint, stencils and tools that have debuted at Michaels in the last week. And they rock.
My favorite part of the line is the paints. They are Martha approved colors and they work on all surfaces – including fabric. Hence the t-shirt I made. I want to give you more details about the product, so let’s do that while I walk you through my crafty steps. Shalln’t we? Yes, I know that isn’t a word.
Gather These Supplies
Mod Podge Fabric
Die cutter – or a way to cut your applique shape
Here’s Roxie posing with the paint sprayer. I am not sure why I took this photo, but it’s cute so I wanted to share.
The t-shirt. Sitting there nervously. “What is about to happen to me?” it wonders.
The lovely MS stencils. I’m not a stenciler, so this is kind of exciting.
I began my adventure by using the sprayer. It’s easy to use – simply mix a 1:1 ratio of paint and medium. Though I do recommend carefully reading the instructions before beginning.
I did a test on that piece of paper you see on the floor, then I went to town on the t-shirt. I started at the bottom and moved up – spraying as evenly as I could. It’s pretty easy to get an ombre pattern by simply spraying more lightly as you work your way up. Ombre is also forgiving in that it’s a pretty loose style, which is good for sloppy ol’ crafty me. Let your t-shirt dry and set according to instructions.
I decided that my t-shirt needed a bit more than ombre at the bottom, so I went for stenciling. I selected a white piece of fabric and (after a test), taped it down with stencil tape.
I used the fancy stencil brushes to tap in my design. I only painted a small area, but if you paint a larger area, I recommend using the fabric medium.
The big reveal turned out fabulously! I’m loving Martha’s stencils. Let the stenciled pattern dry.
After it dried I painted Mod Podge over the top (and about 1/2″ around the edge). Why? So that I could stiffen the fabric to go through my die cutter. Yep – Mod Podged fabric goes through a die cutter amazingly well. It also enables fabric to be used as an applique without fraying.
Did I mention I sent the fabric through my die cutter? I used a scalloped die.
To enhance the applique, I added some loose stitching around the edge with embroidery floss. When finished I cut the ends and Mod Podged them to the back.
I then decided where I would put the applique on the t-shirt. I Mod Podged the back . . .
Flipped it over and smoothed it out. Let it dry and you’re done. Yes this project is no-sew and yes you can wash the t-shirt (though I would hang it dry).
Here’s a closeup of the applique.
And here’s the modeling routine once more. I’m so happy with my new tee. Happy also that I got to play with Martha’s new goodies AND try my own version of ombre. Everyone wins!
I’ve got more Martha Stewart paint projects to do; this is just the beginning. I will say that if you want to try this new line, you should visit a Michaels in the US or Canada and take a peek. You’ll definitely find something you like and all of it can be used with Mod Podge. To get you going, here’s a coupon for 50% off a regular priced item. Now do it, and share with me what you make.