Screen Printing at Home

Screen Printing can be a fun way to individualize your wardrobe or update some old t-shirts hanging in the back of your closet. You can even do this at home with a bit of time and patience. The supplies are easy to get at your local craft store if you don’t already have them at home.

Supplies Needed:
Modge Podge
Embroidery Hoop
Acrylic fabric paint
2 cardboard piece (one for your design, one to protect the shirt from paint bleed)
Light/ tan nylon panty hose
Permanent pen
Your design
Paper bag (from the grocery store, optional)
Iron and ironing board (optional)

1. First, you want to print your design onto your cardboard piece. You may draw it by hand, or print it from the computer. If this is your first time DIY-ing a screen printed t-shirt, a simple design may be better.

2. Stretch the nylon panty hose over the embroidery hoop so that the fabric is taught and see-through. Place the cardboard design piece under the embroidery hoop and trace your design using the permanent pen onto the nylon fabric.

3. Using the modge podge, paint around the design. Cover the parts of the design that you don’t want colored with the acrylic paint. For example: If your design is a heart, leave the heart shape blank, but cover the outside and outline of the heart with modge podge. Let it dry for about three hours or so.

4. Slide another piece of cardboard in between the fabric of the t-shirt so that the paint won’t seep through to the back of the shirt. Fill the design area with your acrylic fabric paint. This is where you can get creative! Just make sure you cover every inch of the design with your fabric paint. Remove the embroidery hoop and fabric in one movement and let the design dry.

5. After your design is dry,you can iron the t-shirt on low heat for about three minutes or so to prevent the design from being ruined in the washing machine. Just make sure you use a paper bag (from the grocery store, etc) as a barrier between the shirt and iron so that the paint doesn’t melt.

That’s all there is to it! Screen Printing can be a budget friendly activity that makes great gifts for family or friends, especially when you’re on a budget. Make sure you wash your shirt inside out on cold cycle and hang to dry until you’re ready to show off your design again! Of course, if printing at home seems cumbersome or time consuming you can always ask for help from a professional like to meet all your screen-printing needs!

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