Thursday, September 17, 2015

3 DIY New Orleans Saints T-Shirt Designs

Football season has started! That means lots of DIY Saints gear! This Sunday, The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host their first game of the season. Make your own DIY t-shirts to the game and cheer on the SAINTS!

There are tons of great Saints merchandise to buy, but if you want something one-of-a-kind and original, you will have to make it yourself! This post will show you 3 different ways to make t shirts. Each t-shirt is sew-free, stress-free and cost under $10 to make! The hardest part of any of these t-shirts is coming up with your own design. 

T-Shirt 1 - Stencil

What you will need:

  • Freezer paper
  • X-acto knife
  • Printer
  • Iron
  • Acrylic paint
  • Textile medium
  • Foam brush
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Washed t shirt

I decided to go with a design that features the NOLA skyline. I started off by printing a photo of the skyline I found from Google Images. After printing, you will have to trace your design onto freezer paper.

Trace the skyline by putting a light source under a glass table. You will then be able to see through the freezer paper and easily trace. 

Be sure to tape edges so that the paper doesn't move around. 

I traced with a pencil

After you figure out your design, Use an x-acto knife to cut it out. Remember that all the pieces that you cut out will be the areas that will be painted. 

This is my finished design.

Iron your t shirt so that there are no wrinkles

On medium heat, iron the freezer paper to the t shirt. 

If you have wording in your design, you can add details after the initial ironing.

After everything is ironed, it is ready for paint!! Slide a piece of cardboard inside the t shirt so that paint doesn't seep through and ruin the back. Mix 1 part acrylic paint to 2 parts textile medium. Use a foam brush to blot on the paint.

You might need a couple coats of paint, if you want the paint to look solid.

Before the paint drys, carefully peal off the freezer paper. This is the most exciting part!


T-Shirt 2 - Iron-On Fabric Design

What you will need:

  • Iron-on adhesive (no sew)
  • 1/4 yard of fabric
  • T shirt
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • X-acto knife


Lay your fabric print side down. Iron on the adhesive- 2 second iron time. 

Pin your printed deign on top of the fabric/adhesive

Use an x-acto knife to cut out your design.

I used the Saints logo for this design. 

All cut out. 

Peel the protective coating off the back of the adhesive.
Iron it onto the t-shirt. 8 second iron time

T-Shirt 3 - Iron-On Glitter T-Shirt

What you will need:
  • Iron-on transfer sheet
  • Printer
  • X-acto knife
  • T-shirt
  • Pillow case

Print out your design. I made mine on MS Publisher, but you can also hand draw a design.

Cut out.

Use a sharpie to trace the design onto the glitter transfer sheet

Use an x-acto knife to cut out the design 

Iron out your t-shirt and figure out where you want the transfer sheet to be ironed.

Put a pillow case over the transfer and t-shirt and iron for 40 seconds on medium heat.


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