DIY

Stretch Pantyhose Over An Embroidery Hoop To Create Your Own Amazing T-Shirt Design

Jessica Catcher by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

In high school, my friends and I had a blast crafting matching T-shirts to wear to concerts or just for fun. As huge fans of oldies music, especially the Monkees, we would often be disappointed by the lack of merchandise available in our decade, so we would make it ourselves! One of my favorite memories is spending an evening with them marathoning episodes of the show that I had taped off TV and painting the classic “Monkeemen” logo onto shirts to wear to school the next day. However, my lack of artistic skill made mine turn out as a bit of a mess.

I also tried mocking up fake concert tees for flashback days during Spirit Week, but was frequently frustrated in the shoddy quality that resulted from printing out iron-on images from my computer. That plus the shaky hands that run in my family made my T-shirt-design days feel like a lost cause. I really wish I had stumbled upon this crafty solution way back then, but I’m still totally going to try it out now.

Using a simple embroidery hoop, some pantyhose, and Mod Podge, you can trace out any image you’d like and create an easy stencil for this take on traditional screen printing. Even my lack of dexterity won’t ruin another shirt with the Mod Podge keeping everything in place! You can also totally use this on other clothing items. I’m thinking about using it on a tote bag, myself.

Take a look below and be sure to SHARE this easy trick with your friends!

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