Stenciled Shirts, Part 3: Testing Fabric Paint on Dri Fit


Some friends of mine have marathons coming up and want to decorate their race shirts in memory of a loved one. But dri fit shirts aren’t exactly cheap, so I volunteered to test this out on an older, starting-to-get-too-big dri fit shirt of mine and report back.

There’s not much instructions to this. You’ll want fabric paint (I used Tulip brand), a stencil, paintbrush, and a piece of cardboard inside the shirt while you work.


You know you read this in song-mode. And now it’s stuck in your head.

You can see where I got a smudge on the shirt itself. Oops. I tried to get it out with nail polish remover but it didn’t work that well.

It’s worth noting that I do not have purple fabric paint- so I decided to take a chance and blended some regular purple paint in with white fabric paint I already had. Just sending up a hail Mary to the craft gods, hopefully it works alright!

Now to the main question…. can I wash it? and did the white fabric paint colored with regular paint actually work?

YES, and YES! So DIY fabric paint works on dri fit material, survives washing and drying, and if you have regular paint laying around and just want to buy white fabric paint you can color that fabric paint with any color regular pigmented paint you already have laying around, if you want to. . AWESOME.


That’s my rawr face.

It also seems like a few of the smudges (I mentioned I tried to get them out with nail polish remover) seem to have disappeared in the wash/dry process. Nice.
I made another workout shirt on an athletic Tshirt I got at Target on clearance- in my favorite color! This one’s not dri fit though.


Yeah, that’s a thrift store bag in the background. Thrift stores are the gold mine of craft-aholics.

One of my friends commented how she wouldn’t want to be associated with the word beast. I think it’s complimentary. You don’t mess with a beast.

I’m ready to get my Nov. 3rd 5k on! And maybe even start New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women- which if you’re interested in strength training, I recommend you check out. I’m kind of obssesed with making fun workout clothes right now, which is probably a good thing because then I have to workout to justify spending so much time and energy on creating my own workout gear…

5 responses »

    • Hi Ellen, you could certainly try it. As I mentioned, I mixed some regular acrylic paint in with the fabric paint to make other colors. Thus far it has been fine…. you might check the ingredients in fabric paint vs plain acrylic. There’s a reason they came up with fabric paint at some point, so use plain acrylic at your own risk!

    • You can turn any of your acrylic paint into fabric paint by mixing it with Textile medium you can get at the craft store. It softens the paint so it stays flexible on your fabric.

      • Thank you for being the Guinea pig to test on a Dri-Fit shirt! I want to do it on some of my fitness shirts but wasn’t sure how the paint would take. Thanks for posting!

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