Introduction: Custom Hoodie Stitch Design

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This tutorial will show you how you can create a stitch pattern on your own custom hoodie, but you can really do it on just about anything you want! It's easy, fast, and looks awesome. Often times, I've used this stitch on my custom vinyl toys and people like it.

Background

Before attending Picnic Day at UC Davis this year, DLi$h had to come out with something that would be distinguished... but it also had to be done in less than an hour. Using an electric blue zip up hoodie, DLi$h layed down a simple stitch pattern around several sections. This tutorial will show you how you can create a stitch pattern on your own custom hoodie, but you can really do it on just about anything you want! It's easy, fast, and looks awesome.
Painting on a DLi$h Stitch Pattern

Art Supplies:

1. Acrylic Paint (Black/White)

2. Small Flat Brush and Small Filbert

3. Clothing Article
Instructions

Step 1: Pick Your Route

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Art Supplies:

1. Acrylic Paint (Black/White)

2. Small Flat Brush and Small Filbert

3. Clothing Article
Instructions

1. Draw the route that you want your stitches to go. Its important that your route flows smoothly as this will provide the most put-together look. Visualize the route before laying down the paint. Be sure to only paint one side of the garmet at a time.

2. Once the route of the stitch pattern is selected, paint in the line with black paint.

3. Figure out how large you want your stitches to be. The larger the stitch, the less time consuming, but its really up to you. Now youll make the holes for the stitch. Paint the holes like crescent moons or arced Cs that should be facing each other on opposite side of your stitch line. When the curve bends you need to also tilt the angles of the holes appropriately.

Step 2: Stitch It Up!

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4. You can also use your filbert brush to apply a subtle drop shadow around the holes to make them look like they have more bulge.

5. Once you have covered the entire length of the line, its time to put the base of the stitches in. Mix your black paint with the white (1 :1 ratio). This should get you a nice deep grey color. Use the flat brush to begin connecting the stitch holes.

6. Once youve applied the dark grey to each stitch, then we need use a lighter grey to get the stitch slightly more rendered. Add some white to your paint mixture so its more like a 2:1 white to black ratio. This time with the filbert, apply a small stroke of the light grey down the middle of each stitch.

7. The last color well need is pure white. Again with the filbert apply only a dash of white to the middle of each stitch. This works to give each stitch a bit of an illusion that its reflective which really adds a lot to the realism.

Step 3: FINISH IT!

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8. Let each section of the hoodie dry beofore flipping it over to work on another side. At the end, I also added some drips out of the stitches, but thats completely up to you.

9. When youre completely done, give your clothes a nice hot iron from the back to help the paint bond to the fibers in your garmet. After that, you can put it through the wash and the paint should hold up great.

THATS IT!! GET PAINTING

Comments

Hair (author)2009-09-05

looks real!

Xombie Doll (author)2009-07-06

this is really great

Joe Martin (author)2009-05-10

Very clever, You may want to remove all the steps you posted in the intro as these are in steps 1, 2 & 3.

joshua spicer (author)Joe Martin2009-05-19

why would he want to remove all the steps?

Joe Martin (author)joshua spicer2009-05-19

It's been changed now, All the steps 1, 2 & 3 were repeated in the intro.

All good now! =D

Ward_Nox (author)2009-05-14

not what i was expecting but...pretty damn cool if youd had more time you could have tinted the stiched together bits different shades of blue to give it a more scrap cloth look

xxamarcordxx (author)2009-05-12

awesome!!!! imma try it sometime!

Z.. (author)2009-05-11

Smart man! That looks really good!

jianqiang (author)2009-05-11

awesome dude. Did you wash it yet?

canida (author)2009-05-10

Looks great!

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