Canada T-Shirt

Show your Canadian pride with this easy-to-make T-shirt using Tulip® fabric dyes and paints.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes

Uses Recycled Items: No

Keywords: C_29073, january2013, canada, t-shirt, tee, tshirt, canadian, maple leaf


  • Tulip® One-Step Dye™ – Red
  • Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™, 4 oz. – Crimson Red Matte and Ebony Matte
  • T-shirt, 100% Cotton – White
  • Freezer Paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft Knife
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Craft (or Cosmetic Sponge)
  • Foil (or Foam Plate)
  • Cardboard Insert
  • Paper Towels
  • Iron
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Disposable Plastic Container
  • Bleach
  • Brush -- 2.5 cm (1") Flat
  • Pattern (download below)
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Step 1
Machine wash T-shirt in cool water and with a little soap. Dry and press.

Step 2
Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Lay shirt on work surface.

Step 3
Prepare dye as directed and pour into empty disposable plastic container.

Step 4
Use paintbrush to apply dye to a little past midway on sleeves. Let set for six to eight hours.

Step 5
Use gloved hands to carefully rinse sleeve areas to remove excess dye. When water runs clear, machine wash T-shirt in cold water with a little soap. Dry and press.

Step 6
Trace letters and maple leaves onto freezer paper. Cut out to create stencils for individual letters and leaves.

Step 7
Position letters and leaves stencils along one side of shirt. Refer to photo. With shiny side down, iron on stencils.

Step 8
Place cardboard insert between layers of the T-shirt to protect paint from seeping to back side.

Step 9
Dip sponge into the Ebony fabric paint and pounce on the letters. Use clean sponge to pounce Crimson Red on the maple leaves. Let dry.

Step 10
Place tape along seam line of sleeves. Use brush or sponge and apply Ebony at top of area of sleeve with no dye. Dry brush or sponge down to blend into the red dye. Repeat with remaining sleeve. Let dry and repeat on back of sleeves. Let project dry.

Download Pattern


If dye colour gets into the white areas you can brush laundry bleach on affected areas with a paintbrush. Hand wash bleached areas, being careful not to bleach out colour.