I found that this way is very easy, and doesn't really take very long.
Step 1: Get Your Stuff
- Towels or ironing board. I found that towels work better and if you cut out your picture on it it'll be a lot easier to cut.
- An iron. You're definetly going to need one of these.
- A garbage bag. Don't throw it away after you've cut a rectangle out of it because if you want to put something on a different shirt you can just use more of the one you already used instead of cutting up a whole other one.
- Paint. I use acrylic and it holds up very well. You could use other types too, like fabric paint which I'm sure would work best.
- Your design. Have it be just black and white and to save ink use the quick print option because the colors don't have to look nice.
- A pair of scissors. You'll need them to cut the garbage bag.
- An x-acto knife. This will be much much easier if you use one.
- A paintbrush. Sure, you could use your hands but that doesn't exactly work very well... The paint would end up uneven. The foam like brush I use works a lot better than regular paint brushes. Bumpus thinks so too.
- Another towel or cardboard to put inside the shirt so the paint doesn't leak through onto the other side of the shirt. Don't use a good towel for this.
- A shirt. Use a t-shirt that doesn't stretch much and that you have washed.
Step 2: And So the Story Goes....
Now cut out a piece of the garbage bag about the size of your piece of paper. Put it between two pieces of paper with the one with your design on it on top. Now you will iron it. Do not use one of the steam settings!! It will get everthing wet and mess it up. Use the dry setting and turn it up high enough to just melt together the paper and garbage bag.
Step 3: Don't Burn Yourself
Lay out your shirt and put a towel or cardboard inside of it (towels work best since you're going to be ironing it) and iron the area you're going to paint. This will help the stencil stick to the shirt better and the paint will end up looking better too. Peel off the bottom layer of paper and iron the other piece of paper with the garbage bag onto the shirt wherever you want it, plastic side down. Don't forget to iron down any of the islands. Once you unplug the iron don't touch it to see if it's cool, it hurts a lot if it isn't cooled down enough.
Step 4: Paint It
Once you've painted it completely let it dry for a while. I found that the acrylic paint I use dries pretty fast. After it's dry pull off the paper/garbage bag sheet. It's always nice to see that a shirt turned out well when I pull the stencil off.
Step 5: The End
If parts of the stencil (like parts of letters) didn't turn out well you might have to touch them up with a bit of paint similar to the color of the shirt.
Thanks for reading my instructable, if you do this it would be awesome if you posted pictures! Here are some more of the shirts I've done this way.