Star Wars day is approaching! Do you have an appropriately geeky tee shirt to wear? If not, I’ve got you covered. I made up a few Star Wars inspired shirts with a simple freezer paper stencil and fabric ink. You can make your personalized tee in an afternoon too!
I originally made this Rebel Scum shirt for our trip to Disney World last fall, but every time I wear it other Star Wars fans comment on it. I made a special connection with the flight attendant on a flight out of Minneapolis who told me that 80% of her wardrobe consists of Star Wars shirts. She asked me where I bought the shirt, and was bummed when I told her I made it myself. So, if you are out there, Star Wars fangirl flight attendant, here’s your how-to!
I loaded the Star Jedi font onto PicMonkey along with a vector graphic of the Rebel Alliance insignia. I used the Design function to create this simple graphic. Now, I am not going to offer cut files or printable graphics for these shirts because I do not own the font or the graphic I used for the shirt. If you want to figure it out on your own, that’s all you.
After I created the graphic, I printed them out on printer paper, traced the designs onto freezer paper, and used my craft knife to turn the freezer paper into a stencil. I then ironed the freezer paper onto my shirt shiny side down.
Here is the IMPORTANT step: I used Fabric Creations fabric ink to fill in the stencil. This ink is my go to material for creating designs on clothing. I originally used it with my block print stamps, but it works equally well with a stencil. When the ink dries, there is no stiffness or cracking at all. The design is soft, like it has always been part of the shirt. The shirt has been worn many times since I made it last year, and the ink now has a lived in, vintage look that I love.
I made this baseball tee using the same method as the Rebel Scum shirt. The shirt is a reference to the scene in The Force Awakens when a stormtrooper (played by Daniel Craig!) calls Rey “Scavenger Scum” just before she Jedi Mind Tricks him.
I drew that goggle/turban design myself and traced it onto freezer paper. It’s not perfect, but I think you get what it is supposed to be. I literally had to reach out to fellow Star Wars fans on Facebook to decide what insignia to use for Rey. She’s not really part of the Resistance, and she’s not really a Jedi. #StarWarsNerdProblems
You can still tell this ink is fresh, and I am hoping it wears as nicely as the other tee has.
I kind of live in tee shirts, cardigans and hoodies, so these shirts will be in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. PS I need to hire a body double or something when I make wearable crafts because I detest posing for pictures like this. Please excuse my extreme awkwardness.
Which of these Star Wars shirts would you rather wear? Or are you more of a fan of the Dark Side? Let me know in the comments, and may the Force be with you!
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