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diy graphic print sweatshirts

I’ve been seeing far too many adorable sweatshirts on pinterest lately. Unfortunately my bank account won’t allow me to purchase every one of them, so while we were in St. George this weekend my sister Erin taught us how to make our own graphic print sweatshirts. They’re super easy (and oh so cheap!)


Supplies needed:

-Sweatshirt or tee (we got ours for $2 each from a thrift store)

-Fabric Paint (I don’t remember the brand but it’s from Michaels)

-Foam Brush

-Freezer Paper

-Exacto Knife


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First, draw out your design on freezer paper. You can use a stencil, print out, or you can just free hand it like we did.

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Two, cut out your design with an exacto knife. This will be your stencil. Remember to keep the little pieces for inside your letters, you’ll need those!

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Three, iron the freezer paper to your sweatshirt. (It will come right off after you’re done, no worries!) Don’t forget to iron on the little inside pieces of your letters.

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Four, DAB paint onto your stencil. You may need a few coats.

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*After the paint is dry, you can peel off your stencil. To keep the paint from getting crunchy, iron over the dry paint before you’re done.

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Erin made a cute “hello” sweatshirt.

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Paris and Zac both made cute t-shirts.

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and Scarlett made a “I’m happy” sweatshirt.

See, easy peasy! Be sure to check out my sista’s blog, she’s full of fun craft ideas!

*If you peel off your stencil carefully, you can use it again. Just wipe off the paint from the first one and iron on again.

Alexa Zurcher




  • Meg

    love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

  • Unknown

    Ooh I love this! especially the baby onesie! I see a craft in my future 🙂

  • Brianna Tucker

    That is so cute!

  • Unknown

    These turned out so well! 'm so impressed with your ability to make all of those curves! Mostly all that I can do it straight lines. 🙂

  • Sharlee

    Yes, this is awesome! I will maybe take a stab at this at some point. And I'm NOT a DIY-er! 🙂

  • Amy Harris

    so cute!! thanks for sharing.. i'm definitely going to have to attempt this!

  • Jana

    I'm so glad you shared this! This is way cute. I wish I could free hand those sweet letters like you did! Alas, I will have to use my computer. 🙂

  • Chelsea

    Your family is always so cute and creative!

  • Ashley

    looks great. i love to freezer paper craft, but am terrible at free hand. . yours turned out great!

  • Anonymous

    If you were to throw them into the washer/dryer, would they survive? LOL

  • Anonymous

    i LOVE LOVE every single one of the sweatshirts, by the way! I'm jealous at how creative your whole family is! 🙂

  • Laurie

    Such a neat DIY project! The sweatshirts turned out so great, they look professional.

    I just found your blog through Kaycie from "Redhead Memories" and I'm glad I did. You have a new follower for sure!


  • Unknown

    So cute! totally doing this!!

  • Cindy Sharkey

    Great! I remember your Mom & Lara stenciling tee shirts in high school.

  • Hannah Joy

    I have always loved your cute handwriting! You should write out an alphabet so I can try to copy it and learn how to do that myself!

  • kylee

    the fact that you guys made the stencils free hand is amazing. so wish i had that talent.

  • tifsong

    i love this so much.

  • Jenna

    omgosh i need to do this!! how cool! i live in sweatshirts so this would be awesome haha

    new follower 🙂

  • Eryka

    Totally doing this, this weekend!!

  • Anonymous

    I'M IN LOVE! Totally thinking of doing this soon 🙂

  • Kaytlin Thomas

    I totally put this on my Pinterest! I love the vintage feel of it!

  • H-Nelly

    How are they holding up after a couple months??

  • linda sinko

    I made my son's quartet shorts using this method in 1997…he STILL wears it. If you iron in the paint, laundering doesn't fade it too much. Fabric Medium (you get it where the paint is available) helps it not be so stiff.
    Wonderful Tutorial!

  • Katie Lewis

    Hi! Without even thinking, I used your photo in a post about how to embellish a plain sweatshirt. I think it's a great idea and I wanted everyone to head over here and see your tutorial, but if you'd like me to remove it then I will, of course, do so! You can see the post here:

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Aww, thank you Katie! I love love love it! 🙂 Thanks for linking back to my blog! 🙂 Have a happy day!!

  • Hearts & Sharts

    Love this. I have a Silhouette, but would love to link to this tutorial in the future. I had no idea freezer paper could do that… Awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Unknown

    I LOVE this! I just bought a shirt like this for a LOT of money and really like it but I want this one too 🙂

  • Unknown

    Wondering – for the ironing at the end over the paint do you stick another sheet of freezer paper on top? Thank you! I'm looking to make these next week via your blog post! 🙂

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Yay! I just ran the iron right over the paint, nothing in between. Just make sure the paint is fully dry before doing so, otherwise it will stick onto the iron! 🙂

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