Stenciled T-shirt Refashion for Tweens

Stenciled T-shirt Refashion for Tweens

I’m sharing a stenciled t-shirt refashion today! (Its another mama-daughter collaboration!)

Easy Stenciled T-shirt Refashion  Tutorial | SewsNBows

The spray painting is easy enough for older kids to handle, but we did pick up some tips for you. By that, I mean that we ruined a shirt prior to this one.

Stenciled T-shirt with Fabric Spray Paint | SewsNBows

Bella & I used Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint

and Martha Stewart craft stencils
to create this look. (Those are Amazon affiliate links:)

Zig Zag Stitch Detail for T-shirt Tefashion

We started with a plain white t-shirt. I purchased a few  a while back at Michaels

when they were on sale. The fit is pretty boxy, so I chopped the sides down and capped the sleeves. We embellished the seams with a quick zig-zag stitch.

Stenciled T-Shirt Refashion for Kids | SewsNBows

We removed the ribbing around the neck. The neckline and sleeves are unfinished, super easy.

Easy Stenciled T-shirt Refashion | SewsNBows

Once the shirt was “reconstructed”, it was time to go to town with our fabric spray paint and stencils.

Easy Stenciled T-shirt Refashion | SewsNBows

Our first stenciled t-shirt refashion was awful. You or your tween may be tempted to get right up on the t-shirt and spray: Don’t! Stand a couple feet away and spray a “practice” stream of paint into the air first. (It helps to read the instructions.)

Fabric Spray Painted T-shirt | SewsNBows

You’ll want to go light, and try to let one layer of paint dry before you add another. If not, it will result in muddy color. We have a couple muddy spots on ours, but hey; our last shirt could stand up on it’s own!

Stenciled T-shirt Refashion | SewsNBows

My daughter really loves her stenciled t-shirt refashion, and it was a fun way to beat summer boredom. We’ve also been at work in the kitchen, making ice cream, jams, and last night we tried homemade butter. Thankfully, were also doing lots of swimming to burn off some of those calories. What’s everybody else up to?

Easy Stenciled T-shirt For Kids | SewsNBows


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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Gina

    cute and fun project for both you and Bella!!! not only do i love the stenciling but i love how you embellished with the bright thread along the seams!!!!
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  2. Rachel

    I love that you guys do projects together, and that sometimes it takes more than one try. I hope my kids still want to collaborate with me when they are her age! It’s really fun good job to everyone! I haven’t tried the spray fabric paint but it looks like fun.
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  3. Amy of while wearing heels

    I love that you refashioned the boxy tee shirt to this sleek stylish one. When you said you got this tee shirt for a dollar…I was ready to go grab a dozen myself. Figures you put your own spin on it, though :)…they way it looks now, it definitely would not be $1.

    Love how it turned out and can only imagine how fun it is to do, even if the first didn’t turn out.
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  4. Angela

    I love this! So much easier than tie dye, and with a million possibilities! Thanks for posting.

  5. Pam @Threading My Way

    What a clever idea, Amy!!! You’ve both done a great job creating an awesome t-shirt. I didn’t know there was such a thing as spray fabric paint. I’ll have to see if it’s available here.
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