DIY Screen Printing

I love making my own designs for shirts and bags, but I don't like paying the price for custom printing. There's something super charming about being able to hand draw and print your own things. Here, I've made a screen printing device with an old embroidery hoop and a piece of a pair of old stockings. The design is dedicated to my mother, a heart with a big heart, so I've made us matching shirts!

Total Time: 1 hour plus dry time



  1. Cut out a piece of the stockings so it's bigger than the embroidery hoop.
  2. Place the stocking into the embroidery hoop, stretch taut, then close the embroidery hoop latch. Cut off excess stocking material.
  3. Place a piece of paper or cardboard under the hoop and start drawing your design on the stockings. Whatever you draw and fill in with your marker will be where the fabric paint will be seeping through onto your t-shirt.
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  5. Paint Mod Podge onto all the areas that are not marked with ink, all the way to the edges of the hoop.
  6. As the Mod Podge dries, it will go a bit clear. Allow to dry all the way.
  7. When the Mod Podge is completely dry and stiff, place hoop over whatever you want to print on and squirt some fabric paint at the top of the design.
  8. Use your plastic card to firmly pull the paint down over the design.
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  10. Lift to reveal your finished print. Allow to dry.

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May 21, 20180 found this helpful

well done

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May 22, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you! Mum loved it! :)

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May 22, 20180 found this helpful

Thats so cool! Mini sceenprinting...Time to make some one-of-a-kind Tshirts.
Thanks for this...Awesome!!

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May 23, 20180 found this helpful

You are so welcome! It's really fun to make the contraption, then when the paint goes down, the unveiling is SO satisfying :)

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

Clever use of stocking material! If you don't have or don't want to use Mod Podge, you can also cut your design into contact paper. You want the adhesive kind; we used the clear one so we could see the garment and place the design precisely.


The contact paper will stick to the screen material and help keep the paint from bleeding; but it's removable so you can reuse the screen.

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