Designed to a T!

Try your hand at designing your own T-shirt, just like some Compassion-assisted children in Peru.

Adult help needed.


  • adhesive vinyl paper or contact paper
  • X-Acto-style utility knife
  • blank T-shirt
  • masking tape (optional)
  • stencil template (optional)
  • cutting board
  • piece of cardboard
  • sponge brush
  • fabric paint


1. Draw a design on contact paper or adhesive vinyl paper. Or print a design from your photos or the Internet in black and white, and staple it onto contact paper.

2. Using a utility knife, cut out the pattern on top of a cutting board, as if you were tracing it. This makes your stencil.


3. Peel your stencil and place the sticky side on the T-shirt. You can also use masking tape to secure your stencil.

4. Place a piece of cardboard inside your T-shirt behind the stencil, to prevent paint from bleeding.

5. Using a sponge brush, apply fabric paint to the cut-out areas of your stencil. If you place additional cardboard around your stencil to protect it, use fabric spray paint instead.


6. Allow the paint to dry. Then peel off your stencil.

7. Your T-shirt is ready for wearing!

Download the directions and templates.

Adapted by Rebeca Harcharik

Written by: Compassion Canada