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Native American Feather Kids' T-Shirt
This Native American feather t-shirt is easy to make but very creative.
This Native American feather t-shirt is easy to make but very creative.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

The Native American feather kids' T-shirt celebrates the Native American spirit with a lovely feather-print design. A silver button and tiny "beads" of fabric paint make a colorful finish.

What You'll Need:

  • T-shirt
  • Three feathers
  • Black fabric printing ink or acrylic paint
  • Silver button
  • Dimensional paint in three or four colors

Tools:

  • Waxed paper
  • Flat dish
  • Brayer*
  • Scrap paper
  • Needle and thread

*You can buy a brayer at an art store, or make one with a roll of adding machine paper. Cover the roll with scotch tape and slip a pencil through the middle to create a rolling pin.

How to make the Native American feather kids' T-shirt:

Arrange the feathers on the t-shirt.
Arrange the feathers on the t-shirt.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

Step 1: Place waxed paper between the front and back of a freshly washed shirt (do not use fabric softener). Arrange the feathers on the front of the shirt the way you want them placed.

Roll the brayer in paint, and then gently roll it over the feather.
Roll the brayer in paint, and then gently roll it over the feather.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

Step 2: Spread a bit of black printing ink on a flat dish by rolling it repeatedly with the brayer. Hold a feather by its shaft on top of a piece of scrap paper.

Gently roll the inked brayer from the bottom up to the tip of the feather. Roll several times, always in an upward direction, until the feather is covered with ink. Roll the brayer in the inky dish often to reink it.

Place the feather, inkside down, on the t-shirt.
Place the feather, inkside down, on the t-shirt.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

Step 3: Carefully place the feather, ink side down, on the shirt following your arrangement in Step 1.

Do not wiggle it or bump the feather once it has been laid on the shirt or you will smear the design. Ink and place the other two feathers on the shirt.

Cover the feathers with waxed paper, and gently rub the feathers.
Cover the feathers with waxed paper, and gently rub the feathers.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

Step 4: Gently cover the feathers with a piece of waxed paper. Rub each feather with your hand so the ink transfers to the fabric.

Remove the feathers, and allow the t-shirt to dry.
Remove the feathers, and allow the t-shirt to dry.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

Step 5: Carefully lift off the waxed paper and the feathers. Allow ink to dry.

Sew on a silver button, and draw dots down the shaft of the feather using dimensional paint.
Sew on a silver button, and draw dots down the shaft of the feather using dimensional paint.
2007 Publications International. Ltd.

Step 6: Sew the silver button to the shirt at the top of the feather design. Use dimensional paint to make tiny dots of color down the printed shaft of each feather. Set your shirt aside to dry.

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