I’ve been neglecting making things for boys lately….so I made these little black sweatpants for my newborn nephew today. I made them with an old t-shirt and a layered freezer paper stencil. He’ll look really “tough” at 6 months old with the flames don’t you think? You can make them too…..I scanned and uploaded my flame sketch at the bottom of the post.
Step 1: I cut out two legs from a black t-shirt (you can find my t-shirt pant tutorial here).
Step 2: I cut an 8.5 x 11″ piece of freezer paper and printed my template directly onto it (make sure to print on the paper side…NOT the waxy side or you’ll have a real mess). I cut the template in half…. one flame for each leg.
Step 3: I cut out the large flame from each piece of paper (save the inside flame for later)…..
Step 4: I ironed on my flame stencils to the t-shirt (read this tutorial for more info on freezer paper stenciling, and fabric paint). I ironed a piece of freezer paper underneath as well so the paint didn’t bleed through.
Step 5: I mixed a red/orange color and painted several layers onto the stencil.
Step 6: I cut out the smallest portion of the inside flame.
Step 7: Once the red/orange layer of paint was dry, I ironed the “inside” stencil directly onto the paint and larger stencil.
Step 8: I mixed a little bit of white fabric paint with yellow (to make the yellow more opaque) and painted several layers onto the “inside” stencil.
Step 9: Once all the paint was dry I peeled off the stencils and my flames were finished!
Step 10: I sewed together my t-shirt pants and added the elastic waist (see the t-shirt pant tutorial here for directions).
And put them on my new little “baby manny” that a friend gave me! He sure is frumpy.
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