So I recently saw this adorable printed sweater that I really, really wanted. But it’s hard to spend extra money on something you know you can DIY for cheaper.

So I did!

DIY Printed Sweater Vinyl Stencil Paint Seahorse Easy

  I found a plain black sweater for $10 at Walmart, but you could look anywhere else, or possibly even thrift one!

First, I made my design. I simply bought a seahorse graphic at the Silhouette store, added two (flipped one) and cut it on a piece of vinyl. Then, using contact paper, I lifted the vinyl and put in on my sweater. To make sure it was pressed really well, I set a heavy tile on it for several minutes.

***If you don’t have a Silhouette, don’t think this project isn’t for you! Create your design and print it off. Then, tape it on top of your vinyl and cut it by hand with a precision knife. You will get the same result, it will just be a bit slower. Make sure you still lift your design with contact paper. ***

DIY Printed Sweater Vinyl Stencil Paint Seahorse Easy

Although regular acrylic paint would (technically) work, I recommend using fabric paint. It will last longer in the washes, and will be more flexible, which is important for a stretchy knit like a sweater.

DIY Printed Sweater Vinyl Stencil Paint Seahorse Easy

Before you start painting, place a few pieces of newspaper inside your sweater to keep paint from bleeding through. Then, using a foam brush, paint your design. Slightly dampen your brush, and dab the paint in place.

DIY Printed Sweater Vinyl Stencil Paint Seahorse Easy

Let your design dry for a few hours. If you think you want to do a few coats, let your paint dry completely before adding the next coat.  Don’t lift your vinyl until the paint is completely dry.

DIY Printed Sweater Vinyl Stencil Paint Seahorse Easy

P.S. That weird spot on the left seahorse’s belly is because my brush was too wet when I started painting! It saturated the sweater and diluted the paint (even thought I did a couple coats), so make sure your brush isn’t too wet!

Happy crafting!

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    1. Thanks Diane! I haven’t washed this sweater yet, but I have done several projects with fabric paint and it washed well. Its not completely necessary, but it helps if you go over it with an iron, placing a pillowcase between the paint and your iron.