DIY: Penguin at the North Pole T-shirt

 
 


I got quite inspired by all the the North Pole madness on the blog these days! So much so, todays DIY is a 2 for 1! A little Dip Dye and little stenciling with some freezer paper. You'll make a white T-shirt go from basic to graphic! This might all sound complicated, but really they are fancy words with really basic and easy techniques...
 

 
So are you ready to make a white snowy scenery for a cute penguin to live on? 
 

 
 
STEP 1-  Grab your plain white T-Shirt. Grab some tape, any kind really we only need for a guideline. Now place your tape in a triangular shape, a mountain sort of. Next, wet and soak the top part of the t-shirt up until you hit the tape.
 
STEP 2- Grab a container or pot, large enough so that your t-shirt lies nice and flat in it. Fill it with about 10cm of boiling water. Mix in your dye. I used some Dylon in Bahama Blue. Don't forget to add the salt to your mixture, this will help set the color.
 
STEP 3- Turn your t-shirt upside down and dip it into your pot. Make sure the t-shirt is lying flat and that it's not all crumbled up. You'll get a smoother and uniform color this way. If you are worried the t-shirt will fall in, clip it to your pot with some clothes pin or use your tape to keep it in place. Leave it for 10 minutes.
 
STEP 4- Bring more of your t-shirt into the dye mix all the way up to the tip of your triangle ( now you see why you needed the tape!). You can remove the tape now, if it hasn't already fallen. Make sure Your T-shirt is still nice and flat. Use a spoon or mixing tool to press down any of the t-shirt that might be trying to sneak it's way up to the surface. Leave in the mixture for 5 minutes.
 
TIP*** If you would like a subtle ombre effect and continuous uniform gradient, I suggest dipping your t-shirt a little more in than what you need, just a few centimeters and pulling it back up to were you want your darker blue to be. You can see in photos 3 and 4 that there is some blue on the t-shirt that isn't dipped into the water.
 
STEP 5- I wanted to create a mountain like scenery- so here you will need to dip the sides of your t-shirt into your mixture, one side at a time. Just push the t-shirt in on a slant and with the help of your spoon  push some of the mixture onto the t-shirt. Once you've done that bring your t-shirt back into the position it was at Step 5 and let your tee sit in the mix for another 5-10 minutes. Or until you are satisfied with the color.
 
NOTE*** The color on the t-shirt will be a LOT LIGHTER once you rinse and dry it.
 
STEP 6- This is the trickiest part... Remove your t-shirt from your pot and rinse. Be CAREFUL and try not to have the blue part of the t-shirt touch the white, it will stain. The best way I found was to take my t-shirt and lay it flat into my sink with the white part hanging over the sink. I rinsed out as much as I could just the blue portion of my t-shirt, specially around the neckline. Rinse until your water becomes CLEAR. Add salt if you'd like or some vinegar straight onto the t-shirt, this will set the color into your t-shirt. --- Let it DRY.
 
 



Now we are ready for part 2: STENCILING with Freezer Paper. So easy, so much fun! If you don't have freezer paper, you could just use a sheet of acetate, that's how I used to stencil before I found some freezer paper.




STEP 1- Print out the PDF I've provided here.

STEP 2- Place your freezer Paper, with the shiny side down, over the penguin print out and trace the ouline.

STEP 3- With an exacto knife and preferably a cutting board under, cut out all the elements of the penguin. You need the small pieces too.

STEP 4- Place your penguin at the bottom of your t-shirt ( or where ever you might like him to be!).
TIP*** I put all of my cut out piece back together, like a puzzle and then remove the ones I didn
STEP 5- Iron your freezer paper in place, this take a few seconds to adhear.

STEP 6- Paint in your little penguin. I used black fabric paint by Pebeo and a stencil brush.

STEP 7- Let the paint dry, remove your freezer paper by peeling it of and don't forget to IRON your little penguin, this will help heat-set the paint.

*** you don't have freezer paper or fabric paint, no worries. Put the penguin under your t-shirt and trace him out with a black fabric pen or worse case a black sharpie. Now who doesn't have a black sharpie!

STEP 8- Wear proudly!






Let me know how yours turn out!!! More importantly, have fun!





 


10 comments:

  1. Celina, i really really love this! love the "ice berg" dip dye especially. i was planning on making my little ones some pajama pants for Christmas and these would be perfect on top! thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. @Kristin, thanks! I think that would be such a cute pj set. ummm I might just do that too! By the way, I told my husband I made an iceberg t-shirt and he said he didn't see it, so left the word iceberg out of the post. But that is excatly what I was trying to do... next time I'll ask you instead of him!!!

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  3. I love this so much, such a gorgeous effect. I've got to try this although it's not likely to happen until after Christmas. That polar bear head us amazing and the perfect prop!

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  4. Unbelievably awesome. You're always making simple techniques into really great products. I'm all over this one!

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  5. @Laura, thank you :) And that head is from H&M. We love it!

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  6. @Miranda, thanks so much! Wow that means a lot to me... the simpler the better in my opinion!lol Seriously who has time for complicated DIY's, i usually start those complicated ones and never finish them. Also, this way anyone can be a little creative!

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  7. @anu*miki, thanks! An expert like you will be able to this with your eyes closed ;)

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  8. This whole concept is delightful! You are truly an inspiration! :) I linked your tutorial for the freezer paper stenciling on my blog that used your method for a back to school refashion. You can find it here: http://expressionsbyred.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/project-bts-refashion-a-raglan-of-monster-proportions/

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