Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thrift That Trend - Graphic Sweatshirt

Welcome to another Thrift That Trend!  I've been seeing a lot of this trend of a dressier sweatshirt paired with a collared shirt or dress.

I need to find a cute little sweatshirt like this!Perfect outfit for season transitionsPinned Image

I was thinking of just keeping the sweatshirt plain so it could go with more things but then I thought, "DIY it." I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it however. Do I get a stamp and put multiple images on it like the bike sweatshirt above or should I just do one big image like the sweatshirt below.  I decided to go with option 2. However, narrowing it down to what I actually wanted to do was harder than I thought it would be...

I think it might be easy to stencil this on

So I decided to combine it with the animal sweater trend and do a sweatshirt like the one below.  I lucked out and found a great shruken sweatshirt at the thrift store. I found it at Valu Thrift when I was there on a holiday (50% off!) so it was only $2. Perfect price for a DIY!

Animal trend

Sweater or sweatshirt.
Fabric paint in the color of your choice
An image you want printed on sturdy paper
Sponge brush
Smaller brush
Newspaper or paper bag

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1. Put the paper bag or newspaper in between the 2 layers of the sweatshirt so you don't get bleed through.

2. Print and cut out your image to use as a stencil.  You want to have a border around your image so it stays together when you cut it out.

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3 Stipple on the paint while holding down the pattern quite firmly. You can try to tape it to the fabric but that didn't work that well for me. If you don't hold it down enough, you may get paint going where you don't want it to.

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4. Remove the stencil.  Unless you are the best holder downer ever, you will have a some messy parts.

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5. Taking a stiff bristled brush, smooth out the lines so they aren't all messy. I also added a couple of extra bits of antler to my stag.

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6. Follow the instructions on your fabric paint. Mine said to dry flat overnight and wait 72 hours before washing.  I can't wait to wear this!

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If you do try this on your own and post about it, please link back to my tutorial and be sure to send me a link in the comments. I'd love to see what you come up with!


  1. Great idea!! We did something similar to this on t-shirts a few years ago, my husband sprayed the cutout with bleach. They turned out kind of neat. I might have to try this one, I'm kind of obsessing over animal print right now!

  2. Freaking brilliant!!!! Can we have a craft day sometime soon!? I'd love to make something like this!!!!

  3. Such a great idea! It turned out amazing :)

  4. awesome idea - I love these sweaters... they are too fun!


  5. great project! i love the graphic sweatshirt/animal trend.

  6. Love. Great print choice too. Dawn suitcase vignettes

  7. that is so awesome :) I saw also the post of you wearing it so I must admit it makes me wanna try... how was after the first wash?

  8. I need to try this for my Christmas outfit. If I do it, I will for sure give you credit. Where did you get the image for your stencil from?

  9. I just did a google image search and found one that I liked. Good luck! I would love to see your finished project. :)

  10. The paint is a bit faded but it still looks great and I've worn it about 10 times since I first painted it.