Update an old white t-shirt into a trendy graphic designed tank.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- white T-shirt (for my project)
- another shirt with a neckline I preferred (to use as a template)
- spray fabric paint
- painters' tape
- a pair of scissors
- a piece of cardboard large enough fit inside the width of shirt and stretch it lightly
Step 2: Modify Hem & Neckline (as Desired)
Modify the shirt to be the shape you desire. Knits don't fray, so I didn't need to hem anything. I made this plain white T-shirt into a casual tank. I changed the neckline, cut off the sleeves, and cut off the bottom hem (so all the edges matched and some weren't hemmed while others were not). I generally used the existing seams and hems as guides to make sure my cuts were straight.
Step 3: Insert Cardboard Inside Shirt
I put the cardboard inside the shirt to make sure it was slightly stretched/tight and to ensure the paint didn't bleed through to the back of the shirt.
Step 4: Measure for Height of Chevrons
I taped off the top and bottom edges of the chevrons (my two pieces of tape were five inches apart). I approximated how straight the tape was by comparing it to the bottom of the armholes. If I can't tell it's crooked, no one will be able to tell the design is crooked either.
Step 5: Find Middle Point for Chevrons
I used a pencil to lightly measure the midpoint between the two lines and drew a line down the middle (parallel to the tape) to guide the midpoint of my chevrons as I taped.
Step 6: Add Tape to Outline Your Design
I began taping the edges of the chevrons (you could really modify to do any shape here). I used a piece of tape as my guide for the white space (where the paint would ultimately be). I wrote on the piece I used as a guide so you can see my example. I needed to cut the edges of the tape straight so that the left most tip of the chevron was clean.
Step 7: Spray Away
Following the instructions on the paint container, spray the paint to your desired color and allow to dry.
Step 8: Remove Tape and Enjoy
After the paint has dried, remove the painters tape and wear!