Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel Hoodie project!
- Navy hoodie/shirt
- Fabric chalk
- Masking tape
- Soft fabric paint in red, yellow, and black (Tulip brand is great)
- Paint brushes
- Ruler (a clear plastic quilting ruler if you can)
Though I took a picture of sponge brushes, AVOID AVOID AVOID. You can get inexpensive paintbrushes at most any store in the craft/sewing section. The stiffer ones will be better for painting large areas, while the thinner, softer bristled brushes are better for detailing. If you can, get the 4oz bottles of paint rather than the 1oz ones shown here; you’ll need at least 2oz of yellow and 2+oz of red.
- First things first! The star. You can print out an eight-pointed star (this one looks most like Carol’s) and resize it, or you can be dumb like I was and math it out. (Don’t be like me.) Either way, use your fabric chalk to trace the star onto the front center of the hoodie/shirt. I suggest trying it on at this point to ensure it sits where you want it to. You can easily brush off the fabric chalk with stiff-bristled brush or even your fingers if you need to retrace.
- Once you have the star where/how you want it, go ahead and paint it yellow. Be careful with the edges, but don’t worry if you go out of the lines. We’ll be covering up any mistakes with black detailing later.
- When the star is dry, figure out where to position the yellow stripe.Your quilting ruler will be very helpful here! I made mine 1 ½ half inches wide, but if your star is a different size, you will want to enlarge or reduce that so that it fits neatly between the second & third points and the seventh & eighth points. Use your masking tape to block out the yellow stripe to get a crisp edge. The point on the sleeve should be in the center; same with the back. I can’t give you an angle, but again, a quilting ruler will be very helpful.
- Paint the stripe yellow. You will probably need two coats. Leave a small gap (less than ¼ inch) between the star and the yellow.
- Use masking tape to protect the yellow stripe and star from the red paint, and paint the shoulders, front and back. You will again, need two coats.
- The last step is the black detailing. This was actually the most difficult for me. I made the black lines ¼ inch, which is, helpfully, marked all over my quilting ruler. (This is not a coincidence! ^_^) Using the masking tape, again, I blocked out where the black paint should go: outlining the star, outlining the yellow stripe, and in the center of the yellow stripe. You should paint outside the yellow, which will keep the size correct. At this point, you will probably need to do some touch-ups with a small brush, because the masking tape (at least mine) doesn’t stick as well to the dried paint as it does to bare fabric. This is okay!
- Be the star you were always meant to be!
Make sure you let it dry for at least 72 hours before you wash it. If you wash it inside out, the paint shouldn’t come off, pretty much ever. I’ve used the Tulip paint to decorate work shirts that I wasn’t careful washing, and it sticks like glue. It will probably crack, especially the larger areas, but so does silk-screening. :P
Up next: Hawkguy!
ETA: Here’s a photo of the back (plus, bonus butt and Peter Parker & Mary Jane, my houseplants)!
Totally making one of these. Great instructions!
Yep, doing this.