5.8.15

diy graphic tees | NO TRANSFER PAPER (yay)


hey guys, long time no diy, eh? today i'm gonna show you all an easy and cheap way to make a custom graphic tee shirt for your dolls. i really hope you like it, and if you try it out yourself, feel free to let me know what you made and shoot me an email with a photo. ;) without further ado, let's get started!

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what you need:



1.) a fine point pen or marker. i suggest using a pen like shown above (i took it from my mom's office at work, but she bought them at the dollar store in bulk for a program she was doing, so you can find them there in two-packs, i believe) because unlike fabric markers and sharpies, they don't bleed when you draw on fabric, so the end result is more aesthetically pleasing. of course, it's up to you, though.


2.) a doll tee shirt. i made mine with a custom pattern so the overall design would resemble a shirt i have for myself (pictured below), but you can easily make your own with the free tee shirt pattern available here, or just use a plain tee shirt from american girl or another doll clothes company (such as springfield and our generation).


3.) this is optional, but if you're making a doll shirt that matches one of your own, i highly suggest having your shirt close by for design reference. for this tutorial, i'm using a sleeping with sirens shirt that i purchased at hot topic.

**something else you should have handy is a piece of scrap paper, as the pen/marker will bleed through the shirt during the drawing process, so unless you are willing to mark up your work surface, i recommend you lay your shirt on top of the paper**

instructions:


1.) lay your shirt out flat on the piece of paper, making sure that it is not closed in the back. if your shirt does not have velcro, then slip a piece of cardboard into the shirt so you have a hard surface to work on.

2.) lightly sketch out your design in pencil, then go over it in the pen/marker.

3.) fill in your design (if you want to, of course), and you're done!




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again, i really hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. :) emerson loves her new shirt, and i know your doll would, too. ;) this process also works on beanies (i made a 5sos beanie for the girls...well, remade one, rather) made with a stretch-knit fabric like the one emerson is wearing in the photos above. i'm not sure about other things, but i'm sure that as long as it's made with this type of fabric, it'll work. thanks for reading. :)

-maddie

25 comments:

  1. Honestly this is my favorite thing you've ever made. I'd definitely give you the $10,000 for you to make me one. xD
    Remind me to get a black shirt off Etsy so the gals and I can have matching Linkin Park shirts.
    xo Adi

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    1. aw, thanks, magma. :3 tbh it's one of my favorites too. k good, fork it over mate. xD
      gotcha, i'll text you later.

      -maddie

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  2. This is so cool! I so want to try make one! Thanks for the tutorial maddie :-)
    -Lydia
    http://dollyfernfriends.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. thanks! good luck making one. :)

      -maddie

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  3. That shirt is awesome. :D And this is a really clever DIY Maddie! :) I've thought of making a 1D shirt like that for the girls, but I haven't been completely sure how to make the design, so this really helps. ^-^
    ~Ginny

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    1. thank you, ginny! i'm glad you think so. :) i wish you the best of luck creating a 1D tee. ^-^

      -maddie

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  4. This is adorable! Em looks super cute. ^_^
    -Leah

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    1. thank you from em and i! ^-^

      -maddie

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  5. Wow, you did a fantastic job on the shirt!

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    1. aw, thank you, sydney! :)

      -maddie

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  6. This is genius! Thank goodness you're my friend! xD I don't have very many blank doll tee's, any cheap places where I can get one?
    OH! tobyMac tee shirts ;-; Gahhhhh I need to make one :D
    ~Mads

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    1. haha, thanks mads! ;) etsy is always a good place to look, the shop lorilizgirlsanddolls has a listing for three plain doll tees, each the color of your choice, for $18, which is a good deal. (go here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181474808/18-inch-doll-clothes-3-pack-basic-tees?ref=shop_home_active_21) she also has that same option for tank tops and crop tops. you can also just search etsy for plain doll tees and some should come up. :)

      -maddie

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    2. ^_^
      Etsy is so much cheaper than American girl.. *mutters "thank goodness.."*
      Ooh! I'll have to check that out!

      ~Mads

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  7. I've been trying to make an HP t-shirt for the girls for centuries now ... Still haven't threaded the needle . Hopefully this tutorial helps me out :)
    -LuNa

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    1. i hope it helps, too! :)

      -maddie

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  8. I would totally do this, but the only plain doll-tee I have has quite thin fabric. Do you think it would still work?

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    1. i do believe it wold still work, though if it's your only plain doll tee i'd recommend keeping it as-is and buying some plain doll tees on etsy if you really want to make a graphic tee, just because plain doll tees are what i consider and essential part of a doll's wardrobe.

      -maddie

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  9. That's so creative :)
    ~Kara

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  10. How many band t shirts does Emerson own now? xD
    I need to get sewing, I've been wanting to make an ATL shirt for ages (I also kinda want to make one of Jack's BONER shirt but I don't think that's quite appropriate, it'd be funny though)
    I can't draw on things without a template, I'm rubbish at drawing so thank god for transfer paper
    Charlotte

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    1. umm...five or six, i forget. xD
      ahh, yes, i'm working on an atl shirt for em, it's quite fun. (ugh yes. jack is my favorite member {shh don't tell anyone} so i want to make boner shirt too. if you ever decide to make one, i'll make one too so we can be inappropriate together. ;})
      i can only draw on things when i have something to look at while drawing it. transfer paper is gold, yes.

      -maddie

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  11. Ah, I see the answer to my other question in this post...the choker is unadorned. :)

    Great tutorial! Very nice tee shirt! I really like the design. Do fabric markers bleed like the paints?
    ~Xyra

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    1. haha, yep, this particular choker doesn't have anything on it, but i have another one that i made that does have a little pendant type thing. :)

      thanks! from my past experiences, fabric markers do bleed, so i highly recommend just using a pen type thing as shown.

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  12. What is SWS? Sleeping With Sirens, I mean.
    Orleansagdoll

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