Design Your Own T-Shirt

Want to make your very own Maker Party T-Shirt?  Now you can!  Let us show you how.

This project involves sharp tools and has the potential to be very messy, so it should be done only with adult supervision.


  • Snap-Off-Blade Knife
  • Fabric Paint
  • Thick Cardboard
  • Blank T-Shirt
  • Stencil Print Out
    • You can use our stencil or make your own
  • Translucent Mylar Plastic
    • We used plastic L-Shaped pockets
  • Small Foam Paint Roller / Foam Paint Brush
  • Cutting Board
  • Permanent Marker
  • Tape
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer*
  • Spray Glue/Display Mount*



1. Print out your stencil and tape it to a sheet of mylar

IMG_20150712_1335032.  Cut out your design using a snap-off-blade knife.  Remember to only cut your design out on top of the cutting board.

3. When you have finished cutting out your design, peel the paper away from the plastic.

4. Now you’re ready to paint!  Place a piece of thick cardboard inside the t-shirt you want to paint.  This will prevent paint from soaking through to the back of the shirt.  Place your stencil on top of the shirt, you can tape it down if you are worried it may move.

5.  Squeeze your fabric paint onto another piece of cardboard and roll your paint roller through the paint, making sure to coat it evenly.  Avoid using too much paint or else your design will become a blobby mess.

6. Now hold down your stencil with one hand and roll over it with the other.  Make sure that you get even paint coverage across your design. IMG_20150712_160924 7.  Wait for the paint to dry.  You can use a hair-dryer to speed up this process.

8.  Once dry, carefully remove the stencil. IMG_20150712_1611169. If your design requires multiple stencils, apply the second stencil in a different colour.  Be sure to follow steps 1-7.

10.  Once the paint has completely dried and you have finished your design, iron over the paint for approximately a minute.   You must iron the paint to set it, this prevents it from washing off.  If you have access to a clothes dryer you can opt to stick your shirt in the dryer for 30 minutes instead of ironing. IMG_20150712_154821_edit


  • You may have to make more than one stencil to create your design.  the Maker Party logo takes two stencils; one for the blue shape, another for the yellow words
  • If you have multiple stencils for your design number each stencil with a permanent marker so you can keep track of the order they should be used
  • Watch out for letters with holes such as P, A, and R.  You can create “bridges” to these centre pieces so they aren’t lost in your design.
  • When stencilling text use a foam brush instead of a roller to dab the paint on.
  • New shirts often need to be washed prior to stencilling.  You can test your material by dripping a few drops of water onto it.  If the water beads, your shirt must be washed first.  If it soaks into the fabric you’re good to go!
  • Instead of putting your design on a t-shirt, try a piece of thick craft paper to create a poster!



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