Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DIY: Print your own Kitty Shirt

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When I saw Laetitia from Mademoiselle Robot wear Leah Goren's adorable Kitty Cat Tee I went cat crazy! I wanted to press that little "Add to Cart" button so badly but I really don't have 80 Euros to spend on a shirt at the moment. I did however have 8 Euros to spare to buy a simple t-shirt at H&M and 42 Cents to spend on a potato. If you have that kind of money, I say go for it, her design is absolutely charming but if you don't but you have an hour to make one yourself, just follow this simple tutorial!
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I chose to do a potato print simply because it's super easy and cheap. The problem is that you can't keep the potato afterwards and use it again on another shirt. Silkscreening would also give you a neater effect. I am not a perfectionist at all and I like "imperfection" so this method suits me perfectly. Plus, this way the shirt is truly unique!
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How to do it yourself?
1. Design your own personal cat face (or whatever you'd like to have on your shirt). 
2. Cut the potato in half and draw your design onto it with a felt pen.
3. Using a kitchen knife, cut out the design. You can to cut it quite deep.
4. Roll fabric paint on the potato and do a test print.
5. Print on shirt. If you want it neat, you have to press long and even. I like that every print looks different and a bit washed out, so I didn't press it very hard.
6. Let it dry.
7. Iron the shirt front and back.
8. Love!
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Have you ever printed a shirt? What methods do you use?


119 comments:

  1. Oh wow I love this! Definitely need to try it out, theres so much you could do with this!

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  2. I am seriously impressed! How crafty and cute!!

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  3. Great D.I.Y. ;) I really like your blog and your vintage style. I follow You now ;)

    owlspassion.blogspot.com

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  4. wow you did that?! that's amazing. looks store-bought :) great project.



    The House of Shoes

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  5. Me encantaaaaaaaaa!!!
    Te ha quedaddo genial!!!
    Un beso.

    http://angelesydiablillos.blogspot.com

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  6. Me encantaaaaaaaaa!!!
    Te ha quedaddo genial!!!
    Un beso.

    http://angelesydiablillos.blogspot.com

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  7. Me encantaaaaaaaaa!!!
    Te ha quedaddo genial!!!
    Un beso.

    http://angelesydiablillos.blogspot.com

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  8. go vanessa, with your arts & crafty self! :) i love it.

    http://honeybeelane.blogspot.com/

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  9. OMG! I love your DIY project. I love cats and this shirt is absolutely amazing. I love that each cat loves different too, because you didn't press down hard. I will definitely have to keep this in my do projects file.

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  10. love how it turned out. i use regular photo emulsion screen printing :)

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  11. wow, great idea! I'm going to have to try this one out :)

    xx
    rebelrousher.blogspot.com

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  12. This is super cute! Great job!
    I've seen people do prints on fabric and then make their own clothing but it didn't occur to me to just start with a plain shirt and mark it up :)

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  13. AMAZING!!! i love this Vanessa. I think I will do something like this this weekend. so inspiring
    x

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  14. Wowww.... awesome Vanessa! I never knew the power latent in a simple potato before! ; D

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  15. Awww such an inventive DIY, your top looks like you could've bought it in a store :)
    Will definitely have to give this a go! xoxo

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  16. THAT is a great idea! I'm totally going to try it.

    Hi, I'm Leah BTW. (:

    -L

    http://LeahToday.blogspot.com

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  17. This is just fabulous - what a great idea. I've done potato prints before, but somehow never thought to do it on a T. I'll have to give this a shot!

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  18. Wow, never knew you could do this much with the power of a potato! Looks truly amazing.

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  19. wow, I can't believe you did that yourself! It looks great!

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  20. cool! kartoffeldruck mode?! das habe ich seit meinem kostümstudium nicht mehr gesehen. bin total begeistert! wundersüßes ergebnis! tolle idee.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  21. That is seriously awesome! I can't draw that well so I might have to pick a simpler design, but I'll try this for sure!

    14 Shades Of Grey

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  22. This is so cute! I think the imperfections are PERFECT!

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  23. What! So talented, I've never seen this before, so awesome, thanks for sharing. I'll never be able to do it, but love that you did.

    http://redsolesandredwine.com

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  24. great idea! im going to try it:) it looks perfect!

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  25. Wow, it looks great! Super job! xo

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  26. Love love love this, your tee looks perfectly imperfect! :) I need to try this out!

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  27. Adorable! This would be a perfect present for my feline loving friend.

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  28. amazing shirt i love it!!
    and the idea is soooo amazing, i never thought that you could do something like this with POTATO!! wow, i think i should try too :D

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  29. OMG!! i love this..i reallllly want to try this.
    it turned out perfect. wonderful DYI!

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  30. i love this DIY!! cats are my favorite, i might try this

    http://shayyyyy.blogspot.com/

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  31. Vanessa this is so genius! It's amazing what you can do with a potato!! love the DIY! xxx

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  32. Eep! I, too, have seen so many cute cat-print things lately that are way out of my budget. Thank you so much for sharing this. I really can't wait to give it a go! :)

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  33. oh that shirt look amazing!! so original, I love it :)
    xoxo

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  34. Such a lovely and well presented DIY!

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  35. that is so freaking awesome! thank you!

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  36. aww so cute! great darling!

    please, come to visit my blog :)
    x

    http://thechicattitude.blogspot.com/

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  37. Oh, love this :) So cute!! I have printed a shirt with the same method as you before ;) But i was like nine years old xd

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  38. Very nice blog, I can learn a lot from you, adding to bookmarks, you have so interesting posts! :)

    check out mine too,
    http://thepileofstyle.blogspot.com/

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  39. Wow! It's amazing!

    XOXO

    http://idreamtwithaudreyh.blogspot.com/

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  40. Wow, that's such a good idea! It looks really well done too.

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  41. haha..I love it so cute! A great idea to jazz up a Tee
    love,mogs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  42. oh my goodness.. that's the best DIY I have seen in a while.. really good idea girl:) compliments.

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  43. Amazing! And so cheap too, what a great idea :) xx

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  44. i remember making myself some potato carved out stamps when i was little !!!
    so good to refresh my childhood memory when i read this post :D

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  45. That is neato!!! I'm trying this out this weekend:)

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  46. That shirt is adorable, what a great idea :)

    -Laura x
    http://wrinkleintimevintage.blogspot.com

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  47. Amazing! Best DIY I have seen in AGES!!

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  48. Brilliantly brilliant! What an inspired creation.

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  49. This is a really amazing and creative post, Vanessa! I never would have thought to use a potato as the base for the pattern. Super cute!

    www.cositabella.com

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  50. That doesn't only looks fun, but also seems sooo fun to do!

    Aura
    www.littlebitsoffashion.com

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  51. This is such a great idea! Love you DIY! Love it!

    xoxo
    Stella

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  52. prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr loved this diy!!!

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  53. How absolutely adorable!!!! Excellent print job!

    www.plentyforpennies.com

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  54. Officially impressed. Would like a dog/border terrier version of this super super great shirt!

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  55. That is an absolutely fantastic tutorial. I love your version too, so much more personal. And that it was made from a potato is SO awesome.

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  56. Ok... you have inspired me to do this!

    Love!...Angel

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  57. It's a great idea,
    but isn't that plagiarizing to a certain extent?

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  58. you've got such a great blog, and awesome style!

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  59. @ Raquel - It would be plagiarizing if I had used Leah's cat design. But I designed a totally different cat face. Leah has seen the shirt and said that she liked it.
    All artists get inspired by other people's work.

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  60. Really nice tutorial post ! Great to discover your blog !

    http://cuteredbow.blogspot.com

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  61. Oh wow! This is so fun and amazingly cute! :)
    Xxx mervi

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  62. OMG this is amazing! i want to try!

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  63. Hi Vanessa! What a neat idea!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

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  64. I saw those too! I am so doing this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  65. thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment!
    i love your cat shirt and diy!

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  66. omg!! this is hands down one of the amazing DIY!! cant wait to try it myself..Thankx for sharing..
    xx

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  67. I truly love this shirt! And such an easy DIY! I totally have forgotten how amazing the potato is! (and other veggies work as well!) I have a shirt I've been trying to spruce up, so I'll have to do this soon! Thanks for the idea!
    ♥ laura

    the blog of worldly delights

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  68. what a fun DIY! =)

    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  69. Definitely need to try this! Such a genius idea

    xx, http://heelsandwedges.blogspot.com/

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  70. Oh that is such a cool DIY...

    gotta try it one of these days...

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  71. hey girl:) thanks for actually understanding what I meant with the post! 'don't be a freebies junkie'. Hope you're having a fab week so far.

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  72. very cool and very fabulous! love this!!!!

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  73. What a great tutorial! This cat print is so adorable and the result looks amazing!

    http://lifeisaromanticpoem.blogspot.com/

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  74. that's amazing woman!!!
    I'm following U 100% :)))

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  75. Wow what a great idea! So want to try this now...thanks! :)

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  76. Such a cool top.
    You have a great blog. :)

    x

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  77. This is such an awesome guide! I would definitely want to try this out. The cat print is fabulously unique too!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  78. Absolutely LOVE! I'm doing this tomorrow! Yay! :D

    www.arty-heart.blogspot.com

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  79. Chic and comfy. Totally awesome look!

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  80. das ist ja mal eine total gute idee, mit kartoffeldruck hab ich früher vor allem auch tagesdecken und sowas verschönert aber sehr genial das auch auf dem t-shirt anzuwenden und diese katzen sind supersüß!!! danke für die tolle inspiration!!!überhaupt find ich deinen blog total genial, es gibt leider viel zu wenige DIY aber zum glück kenne ich jetzt eine mehr;)

    love and kiss,mary

    http://maryloucinnamon.blogspot.com/

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  81. how adorable! what a great diy!

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  82. cute!!!


    xoxo from rome
    K:
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  83. Great DIY ! It is a cute top :D

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  84. oh this is so cute, and such a great idea!

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  85. I love this idea SOOOOOOOO MUCH! I have to try it!! Thank you for posting this!!
    <3
    lyndsey of hellolyndsey

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  86. oh my goodness i can't believe you made this! i love it. i'm still in awe :)
    check out my blog as well please!
    hammocksandtrampolines.blogspot.com

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  87. Serious genius going on. And I love how you've brought back the potato printing which I haven't thought about since I was 12!

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  88. That top is amazing, what a wonderful idea. I SOOOOO want to do this myself!! Plus I love each stamp is slightly different and not perfect! AMAZING!!!!


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  89. wonderful kitty idea!! i love the print! your blog looks great! :)
    akissfromthepast.blogspot.com

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  90. really great idea, I love it the result of your

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  91. this is so awesome!!! I am going to share it with my blogging friend who loves cats.

    by the way, this is my first time to your blog...but I will be back for sure. lovely posts :)

    x Liss

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  92. This is amazing thanks for sharing, can't wait to try it out with some of my designs!

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  93. OMG! This is fricking AWESOME! I love cats and homemade stuff, so basically you are really cool in my books:) I am definitely going to try this...love the DIY tutorial by the way!

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  94. you are brilliant! love this idea and you look great in the shirt.

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  95. This is so stinkin' cute and not to mention easy!! I think it would be fun to print on a canvas bag for a personalized tote.

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  96. This is such a neat and funky idea! You've given me something to do this afternoon!!

    Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage
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  97. Amazing idea and t-shirt!!! I love it :) By the way ur blog is so enjoyable :)

    http://missgyo.blogspot.com

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  98. Never thought of potato print on fabric, I love it!!! Have to try your tutorial, thank you :D

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  99. Hey great tutorial, i´m from Mexico and i would like to know if you could give me a tip,i don´t know what it´s the traduction of "Roll fabric paint" so this works whit textil paint? if you could help me i´ll appreciate a lot.
    BTW EXCELLENT BLOG, LOVE IT
    Greetings from Mexico!!!

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  100. kershaw knives
    Excellent cut on the fruit. This is fine work on creating the pattern.

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