1.08.2010

How to - Lacy Shirt

After seeing several projects lately that used doilies, I was inspired to incorporate them into another craft:

A Lacy Shirt.

A round doily is the perfect shape to use as a stencil for
highlighting a neckline, creating an adorable bib-like effect.


Supplies included paper doilies, fabric paint, a foam brush and a t-shirt.
I purposely chose a shirt with texture (sort of waffle knit)
because I thought it would give the "lace" a distressed/vintage feel,
but I'm sure a regular cotton shirt would be just as cute.


I cut the doily in half, then cut out the center creating a bib.
I also punched out any remaining paper, so that paint could be applied throughout the design.


My next step was to apply the paint.
The best method to prevent the paint from bleeding is to tap it on (not brushing).
To create a more perfect stencil I could have applied a self-adhesive spray that would
temporarily hold the doily down, but I didn't have any and was too anxious to get started.


As soon as I finished painting, I removed the stencil and let the shirt dry.
Then after waiting a few hours (not the recommended 72!), I washed and dried it.
Ready just in time to wear to school!

I believe that I will be making one of these for myself!
(Wouldn't it make a sweet Valentine's Day shirt - with pink or red paint?)


31 comments:

OK Chick said...

Ok, the shirt turned out so cute. If I tried this little project, it would not turn out so great. I'm sure the paint would smear, or the pattern wouldn't be straight. Lord. It's would turn out ghetto!

Darning Diva said...

LOVE this! Definitely adding it to my to do list - you know, the never ending one?

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

Oh yes, DO make one for yourself! I have a dark gray shirt in my closet awaiting a transformation. I do believe a black doily neckline will do it wonders.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Cari said...

Such a great idea. I am putting paper doilies on my grocery list right now!

Trish D said...

This looks fab - think I'm going to have to paw through my daughter's dresser this weekend to see if I can perform a lace-ectomy!

City Grace said...

this is so adorable! i love that you used a doily for it. they always make such beautiful stencils! i will definitely be trying this one!

Gail :) said...

What a fabulous idea! It turned out beautifully :)

Sam, Adrianna, Zoe, and Penny said...

love it love it love it! looks like it came from a trendy (expensive) shop!

CJ said...

I might have to try this for my college girl for Valentine's day. Even if she wore it as a nightshirt it would be fine.

Ashlee said...

Ooh make me one too! I have been wanting to do something with doilies for a while. I would love to try this!

Jill said...

SO cute!!!!
Blessings!
Jill

mary anne said...

very nice. i will definitely give this a try

Joy Beadworks said...

Fanastic Idea! And, you are right, perfect for Valentines day!

Stephanie said...

I just added this to my projects list - such a great idea, and so simple! Thanks girl!

Shana said...

Definitely want to try it! Do you think I could use regular acrylic craft paint and heat set it instead of fabric paint? I'm always so confused when it comes to fabric paint

Kim said...

Fanatasic idea! It looks great!

Alissa said...

You are SUPER talented!!!!!!

DM said...

Now that looks pretty good. I was thinking it would look ruffly like a pirate shirt, but it actually came out good. Way to go! - Dad

Jackman Clan said...

We've given you an award over at reidgirlshandmade.blogspot.com

Thanks!

JW and Susy said...

Girl, you are amazing! That is adorable!! I just happened to find a stash of doilies from my teaching days the other day- and now I have yet another use for them!!! Thanks!

Kristen said...

That turned out SO cute! I think I need to do this to one of LuLu's shirts now! Thanks for the great idea!

The Cottage Mama said...

That is adorable - I definitely want to try this on one of my 2-year olds shirts. What kind of fabric paint do you recommend?

Thanks!

Kerri said...

love this idea, i tried to buy doilies at target today and they don't have any....where did you buy yours and in what section??

inadvertent farmer said...

I've done that on furniture but it never crossed my mind to do in on clothing...brilliant! Kim

abby @ tales and trials said...

The shirts turned out so cute!! I want one for myself. :) Thanks for sharing!

lfhpueblo said...

I love this idea.

Jerry said...

Thanks for the great idea. Simple and straight forward. The way these things work best.
Keep those idea coming.

Sam, Adrianna, Zoe, and Penny said...

Just made a few of these. You can see them over here: http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2010/02/doily-stenciled-shirt.html

Thanks for the awesome project idea!

theteo5 said...

That is adorable! Brilliant idea!

CJ said...

Just finished making one for my daughter. Not in time for Valentine's day but nevertheless...
I also did a bit at the hem, in the corner. May or may not do the back neckline. Thinking not.
Still have paint on my hands and I need to wash out the brush but was so excited!
Thanks!!!

CJ said...

P.S. I DID use adhesive spray from my quilting supplies and was glad that I did.