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Feather-Printed T-Shirt Craft

Bring some natural inspiration to your wardrobe with this unique feather-printed T-shirt.




  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Scrap paper or cardboard
  • Feathers in various sizes
  • Fabric ink, in one light and one dark color
  • Sheet of glass (such as from an old picture frame)
  • Brayer
  • Tweezers


  1. Step 1

    Iron T-shirt flat. Place a piece of paper or cardboard inside shirt to prevent ink from bleeding through. Arrange feathers on T-shirt as you would like to print them (we used five feathers on each shirt in a "necklace" design).

  2. Step 2

    Choose two colors of ink, the first darker than the second (for example, black and green, or dark purple and pink). Spread an even layer of the first color on a piece of glass with a brayer.

  3. Step 3

    Place one feather on a piece of scrap paper and roll paint over feather with brayer. Place feather on T-shirt, ink-side down, starting with the calamus (shaft) and rolling up.

  4. Step 4

    Use tweezers to pull feather off of T-shirt, and place it facedown on a clean piece of scrap paper. Place another piece of paper over feather and roll with a clean brayer to remove excess ink. Put first feather aside to dry, and repeat printing in first color with additional feathers.

  5. Step 5

    Inked feathers should be dry after about an hour. Prepare the second ink color and repeat process for inking. When feather is inked, place facedown on T-shirt over original color. Place a clean piece of scrap paper over feather and press firmly while rolling with clean brayer.

  6. Step 6

    Remove scrap paper and carefully lift feather with tweezers. The details in the feather will have a shadow effect from the double-inking. Repeat with other feathers.

  7. Step 7

    Allow ink to dry. Launder T-shirt as directed by ink manufacturer's instructions.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010



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