After travelling to the states on my Honeymoon for a Walt Disney World vacation in 2010, I was lucky enough that Hanson were playing Epcot during our stay. It was at one of the Eat to the Beat concerts that I spotted a fellow fan with a special hoodie: A Hanson symbol inside a hidden mickey. I wanted one for myself, and what better way than to make it!
I bought a plain black hoodie from Matalan for £12, I like mine to be nice and roomy 😉
You will need freezer paper (if you’re in the UK like me, I got mine from Hobby Craft as I couldn’t find any in the supermarkets. If you don’t have a local Hobby Craft you can purchase it from their website or you can find it on eBay). You will also need an iron, a paint brush/foam brush, fabric paint, and an Xacto knife or some sort of craft knife/cutter, and a printer to print your design on to the freezer paper in order to cut it out.
As I have a craft robo, I designed the logo on my laptop and used that to cut it out, however I will point you towards this video from lorlee234 on youtube on how to cut using a craft knife:
Another video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQLtbZh2u-w&feature=plcp
Make sure when you print that you print it out the right way and not backwards as you might do for a photo transfer, as the waxy side is what you want to iron on to the fabric. Remember when cutting; this is handmade it won’t be perfect and that’s what makes it special 🙂
Once you’re all cut, you need to get your iron ready. Make sure to turn off steam if you have that setting 🙂
Once your placement is how you want it, iron the waxy side down so that it sticks to your fabric. Put some sort of cardboard under your design so that the paint doesn’t bleed through.
Paint on to your fabric! I made sure my strokes went in the same direction so it looked prettier 😉 make sure you get in all the little nooks.
Once my design was finished and dried, I began to peel the stencil off (If you’re steady enough, you can reuse the stencil over again!) but what I found was that the fabric paint is very rubbery like and was joined to the stencil. Quite possibly just the type of fabric paint I purchased as I didn’t need to “set it” by ironing on the design with a tea towel. How I got around it, was I used a pin to make perforations around the edge of the design to enable the stencil to be peeled away easier.
Then I got to wear my new hoodie! It washed perfectly and is still looking great 🙂