Monday, August 6, 2012

Spray Painted T-Shirt with Doilies

My second son turned 17 last month and I was shopping with him at my home away from home Target. While looking at the men's clearance they had T-shirts on clearance for $2.48! They were either grey or yellow. Since yellow isn't a good color on me I bought a grey shirt that was a size larger than what I wear with the intent of altering it. 

I started by cutting off some of the length of the sleeve.

Next, I cut the neck line off and made it larger. I then used Steam-A-Steam 2 to finish off the edges of the sleeves and the neckline. I then stitched the edges with a double needle to give it a more finished look. 

Now comes the spray paint and doilies. I used 8" and 10" doilies for the pattern. I also used Krylon Black for Plastics. I used this kind of spray paint because it is what I had in my closet. You will want to put something inside of your t-shirt so that the paint doesn't go threw the back side. Here I used some foam core. You could also use cardboard, freezer paper or bunch of news papers. I also didn't want to get spray paint on the garage floor so I laid some cardboard down under the shirt. Because I wasn't sure how the shirt would look I tested with some doilies and scrap jersey material to see how it would turn out. I tried with white first but didn't like the look on grey so I used the black. 

Lay the doilies onto the shirt for placement. I played with them for a little bit before I started spraying. 

I wanted a layered look so I laid some extra fabric under the doilies where I didn't want the spray paint to go through.  

You will want to spray about 10" away from the shirt in a light sweeping motion. If you get trigger happy you will end up with some dark edges that you won't be able to fix. Each time after I sprayed the t-shirt I immediately removed the doilies.

Continue to cover up any areas that you don't want to get spray paint on and move the doilies around to finish your design. 

I sprayed the shirt 3 times but figured it need a little more.

I sprayed a few more times and even sprayed some on the sleeve.

The shirt wasn't quite fitting right so I gathered the sleeve up to the collar of the shirt. I also tailored the sides a bit to make it more form fitting. 

Here is the finished product!

I was inspired by a shirt I saw on Pinterest that used doilies to decorate their shirt. I thought that I saved it to one of my boards but can't find it. If it is your shirt let me know and I will give you proper credit. I was also inspired by a shirt that was made on The Winthrop Chronicles. 


  1. Hi Susan over from Kathe's with an E. I am a crafter and love to find new projects. This is a grand idea and am in the process of making all of my Christmas gifts. I have a granddaughter that would love this. Thanks for your demo and your sharing. I will be following you since I love DIY. Blessings

  2. This is great. I can see using this technique on lots of different things, including a pillow or two. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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