+Monica Gava

Monday, September 3, 2012

DIY - Trash Bag Prints

Printing a sweater or t-shirt with a trash bag sounds unusual but also promising...  I'd like to share with you today this unique DIY I stumbled upon at this nice blog Glamour Paraguaio (all written in Portuguese). Follow the simple steps below and try it yourself! I already made two shirts, one gray and one white!

Here is what you will need:

Step 1
Place your t-shirt, sweater or  sweatshirt on a flat surface (tip: the plastic will adhere easily at fluffier surfaces).

Step 2
Cut the plastic at any shape or size and place it on the shirt.

Step 3
Place a piece of parchment paper on top of your plastic (test it at a scrap piece of fabric before you try it on your final shirt).

Step 4
Place a hot iron on top of the paper with NO STEAM and keep it there for about 20 seconds (don't push hard on the fabric)... as you go, verify if your fabric is not burning. When you are done, just pull carefully the corner of the parchment paper and double check if the plastic adhered to the fabric. If not, place the iron for a few more seconds on the paper and check it again. When you are done pull the paper carefully and voila! You are done... pretty cool, hum? You made your own print!

Here is the result of my PIECE OF heART... for some reason, my heart got some wholes and didn't came out smoothly as I thought it would be but I actually like it that way. The original tutorial indicates that different fabrics and plastic will affect the final result so try it with old tees or scrap pieces of fabrics before you do the final project.

If you want to share your final product with me please send an email to monica.gava@gmail.com.

Washing instructions: by hand, gently. This won't last for a long time, but it's so easy to do it that you can repeat the process over and over again. Have fun!

Top and Skirt : F21; Belt: DYI (a talented friend did it); Lips: Mac Russian Red;


  1. What a great DIY! I love your heart top, it looks great on you. Thanks for sharing!

    Suzie Q

    1. You are welcome... more interesting things is about to come!

  2. What a genius idea!! LOVE it!

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by... love your hand made clutch too.

  4. That's a great idea! Following you back!

  5. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!
    This DIY is really interesting! :D


  6. Such a great idea, I had no clue you could do this with trash bags!!! I really want to try now, it's darling!

    <3 Cambria

    Check out my GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Cambria! Send me a pic if you end up making one...

      I entered your giveaway... now I'm crossing my fingers!

  7. Love how it came out, the heart is adorable!

  8. Finally, a DIY I think I could actually make! It looks so easy! I actually like the look of the holes, the imperfections give it a rock and roll edge. Super cute idea!

  9. Adorei!! Vou copiar a idéia, talvez para festa de crianças:) Beijos!

  10. Moniquinha faz uma p/ mim???? Eu amei, faz e manda pelo sedex, vou postar no face, todo mundo vai amar por aqui!!!!! Amei, muito lindo!

  11. Thanks for your sweet comments! I love your DIY, this is so adorable. I really want a heart shirt, but don't want to pay a lot for it! Thanks so much for the tutorial.


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