DIY: Cat Face Stenciled Shirt

I gave in. I've been resisting for a few weeks but I eventually gave in. I loved it when I first saw it online - but between $30 + shipping and it being sold out, I couldn't do a thing except DIY it. Well, I was bound to DIY it in the first place, it's so easy and fun. If you wanna make your own, read on!

I'm starting to become a cat person. It's all Bunny's fault, and maybe his family too. They're all cat lovers, I can't help but be the same. Plus they have really cute fat cats. Anybody who knows me would know I can't resist cute fat things. It's impossible. Anyway, I saw this cat shirt online:

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But as you can see it's sold out. And for a t-shirt, it's kind of expensive (think of the shipping). So here's what you need to make your own, it's as easy as 1-2-3:
Plain white t-shirt
Black fabric paint (about 4-6 oz of it)
Cat face stencil (draw your own, or download mine here
Freezer paper
Painter's tape
Cardboard the size of your shirt 

Tape as illustrated above, and place your cut-outs (stencil printed on matte side of freezer paper). Iron that down. 

Tape up the side of your shirt (line it up with the seam) as well for a cleaner stencil.

Sponge your paint - I use a soft kitchen sponge all the time cause I find it makes the cleanest edges as compared to brushes or those cheap foam brushes. This is probably the most time-consuming step in this DIY, but it's all worth it I tell you! :) After sponging let it dry, take the tape and paper off, and you're done.

Easy as 1-2-3 right? And so worth it. Now you have yourself a cute cat shirt, and for what, less than $10? :D

Don't forget to iron it after it dries to set the paint. If you don't want a grungy look, you should sponge another coat of paint. 

I just so love cats now. How about you guys? What are your favorite animals? Leave me your thoughts down in the comments box below and have a good week! Also, enjoy making this if you're planning to. :)

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  1. Awww...that's so cute and so darn easy! I found you over at Be Inspired. I love that you were able to duplicate the look you wanted for so much less. You're my kind of girl! :) I'm a first time visitor, your blog is so cute. So glad you shared!


    1. I wasn't sure I was gonna get it right when I was making it, actually, but thank God. Haha. Thanks Debbie! :)

  2. this is amazing!

  3. wow,good job,you are great,it looks very nice,I like the t shirt.

  4. Hi Aki,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of cat crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks for the feature Julia! Glad you love it! :)

  5. I love cats and I don't know if I love this because I love cats or just because it's awesome hahaha (I think it's both).

    1. Well, I'm glad you love it cause of those! :3

  6. That is adorable! I have a very large (28 lb) Orange and white cat and I see this shirt in Orange......!

    1. Ahhh fat cats I love fat cats! :) I never thought of doing this shirt in another color, actually, so that comment made me want to make another one in a different color :)


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