Are you looking for a quick and easy handmade gift to make for Father’s Day? This child’s hand print t-shirt ticks that box! It’s simple to do and your child can help as much or as little as possible, depending on age!
- A t-shirt
- Fabric paint
- Pencil and paper
- Cardboard or acetate
- Scissors or craft knife and cutting mat
- Sticker e.g. heart, start (optional)
- Extra cardboard or an old magazine
- The first time I did this project I used cardboard as a stencil. The second time I used acetate for cleaner finish and also to be able to reuse the stencil
- If you are using a new t-shirt, you will need to wash it first to remove the starch. Its also best to iron the area you are going to stencil
- Fabric paint instructions may vary- please check the label
- Trace around your child’s hand using a pencil and cardboard or paper. If using acetate, transfer design using a biro or permanent marker
- Cut out the hand print to create a stencil
- Check your t-shirt is washed and ironed
- Place some cardboard or an old magazine inside the t-shirt under the area you are going to stencil
- Put your stencil in place. You may want to hold it in place with some tape. Put your heart sticker in place (Tip: A sticker works better than a paper shape.The first time I did this, I used a heart shape cut by a punch. When I removed it, some of the paint had leaked into the shape and some of the paper fibres stuck to the t-shirt)
- Put fabric paint onto an old saucer or tip and dab onto fabric using a sponge
- Remove stencil, but wait for paint to dry more fully before removing sticker. Allow paint to dry for 24 hours in total
- Iron hand print on reverse
- You may want to wash your t-shirt again. Check the washing instructions on the fabric paint and t-shirt
- Create a care label for the new owner!
This project was inspired by this project– I wasn’t brave enough to use bleach! Of course, you don’t have to limit this t-shirt to Father’s Day! I made a batch of them- they make great gifts for grandparents or any special person in your child’s life!
Did I mention this is my first ever tutorial? If I missed anything out, or if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you!