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Cozy Stripes Sweatshirt

Added Jan 12, 2012

by mwelland

Ontario, Canada






I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of the Lydia pattern. This is a fun, cozy sweatshirt, except I made the neck hole a bit wide. I found a great paint medium that turns any acrylic paint into permanent fabric paint. I thought this was a good chance to experiment with paint and I’ve been having a love affair with stripes recently, so I painted them on for fun and it was a success!

Material Notes

Acrylic paint




Garment Type

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    Mar 26, 2012, 06.11 PMby venicestudio

    Thanks so much for your thorough answer, Jan! Here’s the funny thing…I forgot I had asked the question, saw your shirt again, and looked up the comments to see if anyone had asked about the medium used…and ha ha, I had already asked. Can’t wait to try it out.

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    Jan 15, 2012, 09.59 AMby buzzybee

    The shirt looks really good on you. And thanks for the explanation on how to do the stripes. I had no idea you could turn ordinary acrylic paint into fabric paint!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 01.34 AMby venicestudio

    I have been intermittently experimenting with using acrylic paint (watered down) as dye/coloring for garments, and I love how your stripes came out. Can you tell the exact product name of the medium you used? And your technique for mixing, painting, washing? Thanks for posting!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 02.14 AMby mwelland

      No problem! The brand is Pro Art Acrylics, and it’s just called Acrylic Fabric Medium. I think you can order Pro Art brand online, but you could also check out the Pebeo paint brand to see if they make a medium. They do make fabric paints (which are quite nice, beautiful colours) so I’m sure they make a medium to go with them to make them washable.

      I mixed the medium with the paint in a 1:1 ratio. I just used cheap acrylic craft paint. Because I was painting on sweatshirt material I painted it on more heavily because it absorbed quite a bit, different materials would require a more watered down paint, and usually cheap craft acrylics, like the kind you get at the dollar store are a lot more fluid than the higher quality artist ones. To get my stripes I marked straight lines with tailor’s chalk and then used masking tape (pressed down very firmly) to get the clean edge. I used a dryer brush along the line of the tape so that the paint didn’t bleed under it and didn’t take the tape off until the paint had started to dry. To wash I just cold water washed and hung to dry. No dryer or iron. The bottle said that paint became permanent once heat set, but when air dried was resistant to laundering.

      Hope that isn’t too much of a long-winded answer!! Good luck! I hope you have as much fun as I did.

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    Jan 15, 2012, 12.18 AMby sarscam1

    I would live in this shirt!

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