Cool Dad T-shirt
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Cool Dad T-shirt

Use the Tulip® fabric paint to you create a tee that’s one of a kind, just like dear ol’ Dad! It makes a great Father’s Day gift that beats a tie any day!
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip® One-Step Dye – Gray
  • Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™ Matte, 4 oz. – Ebony and Crimson Red
  • T-Shirt, 100% Cotton – White
  • Cardboard Insert
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Freezer Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Pencil
  • Craft Sponge (or Cosmetic Sponge)
  • Foil (or Foam Plate)
  • Paper Towels
  • Iron

Project Instructions

Step 1 Machine wash T-shirt in cool water and soap. Rinse but do not dry.

Step 2 Cover worktable with plastic tablecloth.

Step 3 Lay damp shirt flat on protected worktable.

Step 4 Mix dye according to directions and squeeze out evenly over entire T-shirt. Wrap in plastic tablecloth and let set six to eight hours.

Step 5 Machine wash with soap and cool water. Dry and press.

Step 6 Trace “COOL DAD” on freezer paper. Lay pattern on craft mat and cut out stencil using craft knife.

Step 7 Position stencil across front of T-shirt, shiny side down, and press with iron.

Step 8 Insert cardboard between layers of the shirt to prevent paint from seeping through to back side.

Step 9 Sponge Crimson Red on “COOL DAD” and Ebony on the sunglasses. Let dry.

Step 10 Lay three strips of tape across lower part of sleeves, leaving approximately ½" or so space in between. Refer to photo. Sponge in stripes with the Crimson Red and Ebony or as desired. Let dry.

Step 11 Remove stencil, tape and cardboard insert.


Be sure edges of stencil are firmly sealed to prevent paint seepage. Add more or fewer stripes to sleeves as desired.

Craft Notes

Crafted by Leah Lane at ILoveToCreate.