Embroidery Hoop Screen Printing

My pal Sabra over at Sew A Straight Line did this recently for shirts for a family reunion and when I saw it, I knew we had to do it at camp.

The original tutorial is here from Craftgrrl.

I found some drapery sheer fabric at JoAnn’s on the clearance table for $2/yard.

I followed Sabra’s advice and used Collage Pauge to paint my screens.  (I picked that up at JoAnn’s, too.)


The theme for camp was “For The Strength of YOU”, so I chose the strong man.  It’s just clipart that comes with Microsoft Word.

Here’s my fist attempt:


And here are a couple of shirts we did at camp:





See how that print was all blotchy?  SUPER windy.  The screens were getting clogged on account of drying out.

No worries…she filled in the lines with a fabric marker and it turned out super awesome 80’s retro.


And here’s one with both the silk screen and the Sharpie tie dye I talked about yesterday:


We ended up throwing away the screens when we were done (on account of the whole no running water thing), but I rinsed one out at home after my test run and it was definitely reusable.

I’ll FOR SURE be doing this again!



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  1. killer!

  2. I just found a video on this technique and have my stencil ready to go. Now for the painting/stenciling part. Thanks for sharing.

  3. SewCalGal says:

    Way cool. Thanks for the insight.


  4. Oh yeah, I think my kids would love this, I used to take screen printing in high school, and loved it. This brings back memories. I don't know if you link up to parties, but I would love for you to share a few of your INCREDIBLE ideas on my new linky party. Thanks Char!!!!

  5. I saw her tutorial! Sabra did a great job and so did you. Very nice Char.

  6. I swear I commented already. Crazy 'webs. Shirts look awesome. I seriously love this technique and have already used it again. Crappy about the no running water and stuff, thougn.

  7. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    This is so cool! Thanks for the info – I can't wait to try it!
    I had to come over and tell you I saw you tutorial on Blue Cricket and loved it! That sweater turned out darling. And I've apparently been living in a hole because I've never been her. So I'm a new follower. :)

  8. amy smart says:

    I knew it. You are the coolest girls camp leader ever.

  9. I really like the theme "for the strength in you." I am wondering what you did at camp that had to do with that theme. I need ideas for a stake activity day girls activity. If you have any thoughts I would love any help! my e-mail is [email protected]

  10. Great! Thank you for sharing :)

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