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DIY Bulldog Tee
DIY Screenprinted Tee

I was super stoked to be chosen to participate in the August 9×9 on Daily Buzz Style! As a contributor, I had the opportunity to choose any of their Top 9 posts and use it as inspiration to create something. This recent post totally caught my eye, and I found myself wanting to get my DIY on! So using all of those awesome animal prints as inspiration, we’re diving into the world of DIY screenprinting and making ourselves a cute little French bulldog tee!

If you want to join in, here’s what you’ll need:

  • plain tee
  • craft paint
  • embroidery hoop
  • porous fabric (tulle, nylon stockings, and sheer curtain panels all work)
  • foam brush
  • computer & printer
  • Sharpie
  • Mod Podge
  • small paintbrush
  • scrap cardboard

Start by printing the design you’d like on your tee. Stretch your fabric across your embroidery hoop and trace your design onto the fabric with the Sharpie. Then, paint Mod Podge on all the negative space; anywhere you don’t want paint. Get a couple of thick coats on and let them dry thoroughly. When  you’re drying your Mod Podge, lean the hoop up against something so that air can flow freely on both sides. (Don’t let it dry laying down, as this might cause it to stick to whatever is beneath it.) Insert a piece of cardboard between layers of your tee to protect it and set your screen where you’d like it on the shirt. Press paint through the screen using the foam brush.

DIY Screenprinting
When you’ve carefully pressed paint through all of the portions of your design, slowly lift the screen off of the tee.
DIY French Bulldog Tee
Let it dry and then rock it out! I love wearing this little guy under a blazer; I like how it’s kind of structured and kind of playful. And didja check out those shoes? The folks at Matisse sent me those and I’m loving them! They’re the Tommie bootie, and you can get ’em in brown as well.  An awesome crossover from late summer to fall. Have fun! xoxo
DIY Bulldog Tee

Matisse Shoes

DIY Bulldog Tee

DIY Bulldog Screenprint

DIY Screenprinting

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  1. I always thought, screenprinting is much more complicated. But it actually looks pretty easy. I guess I’ll try it after all 😉
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Awesome! Can you re-use the screen to do multiple prints? if so, do you have any tips for washing/storing the screen with the design on it?

    1. Hi Erin! I think you probably could if you cleaned the screen thoroughly with water. You’d just have to be sure the Mod Podge was completely dry so it wouldn’t get soft or move around. Let me know if it works for you!

  3. This is adorable! Through I have been really getting into crafting, and since my parents have a french bulldog that I love, I would love to try out this technique with the same print as yours! Can I print it somewhere?
    Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

  4. Hi, great post, thanks! Just curious about the mod podge- does that stay on the shirt? Doesn’t it make the shirt sticky or hard? I’ve never used mod podge so I really don’t know what the end result looks like. Thanks!

    1. Nope, the ModPodge never goes on the shirt. You just apply it to the screen and allow it to dry, so that paint can’t seep through the screen on the areas where you’ve applied it.

  5. LOVE this!! Quick question, what “screen” material did you use for your shirt during the tutorial? I know you list a few materials however I would rather be safe than sorry and buy exactly what you used. Thanks for sharing btw! I can’t wait to try this!

  6. This looks so awesome!! I’d love to try it! Just a quick question do you have to wash the shirt any differently after it’s been screen printed? I’d hate to put all the work in only for it to be ruined by the wash.

    1. Hi Tia,
      I’d just wash them on a gentle cycle to be safe. They’ll get a bit of a weathered look once they’re washed a few times, but I’m kind of into that. 🙂

  7. This is a great technique. Do you suggest laying the porous fabric in the ring on top of the tee, or putting the tee into the ring with the porous fabric?

  8. Hi,
    I would like to make this tshirt or something similar. I love the dog, do you know where I can find the print?
    Also, thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  10. Can I use regular glue instead of mod podge? Trying to be a bit more frugal in all my craft projects! Thanks!

    1. You can certainly give it a try, although I can’t verify the results, as I haven’t tried the project using anything other than ModPodge. It’s used as a sealant, so it’s really good at not letting any paint seep through. But give it a try on a small test project — maybe it’ll work just as well!

    1. Just plain craft paint, although if you want the design a little softer to the touch I’d recommend fabric paint. You should be able to find it at most craft stores.

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  12. I know I’m a little late here, but I found this post on pinterest and loved this idea. Last night I painted my design with modpodge, and when I checked on it today it was stuck to the newspaper I painted it over. I can’t get it off and had to scrap the whole thing. How did you get your modpodge to not dry to anything?

    1. Hi Amanda! Thanks for writing! So sorry you hit a snag. I’ll edit the post to include instructions to avoid that situation. When I was drying mine, I actually leaned the hoop it up against something so that air was flowing around both sides of the fabric. That way it doesn’t stick to something while it dries. Hope that helps! If you try the project again, be sure to send a photo so I can see the finished product! 🙂

  13. I really like this idea a lot and want to thank you for posting it. Reading other comments answered my questions and would like to add a suggestion to Amanda and anyone else that might hit that snag.

    The suggestion is to use parchment paper as a separator to keep the mod podge and paint from drying on the shirt. I use it with a lot of my airbrush fabric paint and glue projects. It’s practically water proof and nothing (and I do mean nothing) will stick to it. I’ve used mod podge. super glue, epoxy glue and triple thick (it’s a gloss finish I know but with how I use it it also works as a glue) The only downside is it will wrinkle where the paint and mod podge sit so I add to the suggestion that you lay another piece down on top of it and put something heavy on top to prevent that. It also is helpful if you are a apartment crafter like me and can’t make too much of a mess experimenting crafts. Hope it helps