DIY Stenciled Leopard Print Top!

Friday, 14 June 2013

DIY has always been exciting for me as I LOVE to experiment and add my own personal touch to my clothing. 

Today's post is based on my first DIY stenciled top.I have made my own printed tops in the past but I used the screen printing method . I decided to go for a open back just to add a little twist to the style of the top :)

Below are the steps I took in creating my first stencilled top
 hope you all enjoy!
Things you will need for this top:

1. Plain white t-shirt (3 for £5 in Walthamstow)
2. A sponge or thick paint brush
3. Fabric paint -Black and Phthalo blue( I used acrylic paint as this is what I could find at the time)
4. Scissors
5. A ruler
6.Carving knife
7. A pencil
8.  Needle and white thread
 9. Print design on A4 cartridge paper
10. Newspaper

Step 1

 Create your stencil by using a carving knife to cut out all the black parts of the design

After being extremely patient, this is the completed stencil :)

Step 2

Flip the t-shirt so that the back is facing upwards.

Cut along the line drawn, making sure you are only cutting through the back of the t-shirt.

This is what the t-shirt should look like once cut.

Step 3

Lay down some newspaper just in case things get messy.

Place the stencil where you would like to add the print and start filling in sections. I used a patting motion so I could have more control. You can also change the colour of  the paint depending on the look you are going for.

Continue doing this until you are satisfied with the look of the print.
This is what the stencil will start to look like after some time.

Below: Close ups of the final print

Step 4- Finishing up the back
Place one side of the neckline on top of the other. You can use a safety pin or dressmaking pins to hold the fabric together.

Thread the needle and begin to sew along the original stitching of the neckline.

The Final Look!

Hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I have creating it.
 Do not hesitate to contact me via email if anything is unclear.
 I'll definitely get back to you:)

If you do decide to do try it out, take some snaps and tag me on Instagram or email me the pictures.
I would love to see them !

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Toyo xoxo


  1. Wow I love it, I will follow this blog, keep the post comming. please check and follow my blog too

  2. This is wicked! so gonna try it x


  3. Thanks Falissia I've followed your blog
    Awww thanks Michelle, let me know how it turns out xxx