Alcohol Ink Valentine’s T-shirt Tutorial

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by I Heart Maggie

I am back with another Valentine’s day inspired fashion DIY, today I will be showing you how to use alcohol inks to create a cool ink drop t-shirt, I will be making an oversized t-shirt for yoga but you could use it on any fabric like a scarf, tea towel or tote bag. Using alcohol ink leaves a lovely pattern and the great thing is, every make will be different and unique.

This T-shirt style is perfect for wearing on Valentine’s day but the simple Love design can also be worn all year round, you can create a unique t-shirt that could be be adapted and personalised for any occasion with different ink colours and quotes.

What you will Need

  • Alcohol Inks
  • Iron-on Glitter
  • A Plain T-shirt

How to Make

Take a white cotton t-shirt, I chose an oversized t-shirt so I could wear it for yoga but you can use any style you like. Give the t-shirt an iron to remove the creases then pop some surface protection inside the t-shirt, you could use foil or cardboard, I used my messy mat.

Time to get creative and messy, take a few colours of alcohol ink, I used a light pink, dark pink, red and white. Have fun dropping them onto the material to create an ink pattern, using a mix of large and small spots. The colours will mix together and blend to create new colours.

Leave the t-shirt to dry for an hour or you can speed up the process by using a heat tool to set the ink into the material, the great thing about alcohol ink is, it dries really fast!

Create your iron-on design, I went for the word Love that I found on the Cricut design space. If you don’t have a Cricut, you could die-cut a design or hand cut the iron-on material using scissors.

Position your iron-on design over the dried ink design, once happy with the placement, use an iron or an easy press to fix the design in place. I set mine on 330degrees for 30 seconds and then 15 seconds on the flip-side, followed by a cool peel.

And with a few easy steps you can create a colourful t-shirt for Valentine’s day that no-one else will have in their wardrobe.

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s craft tutorial, you can check out my Valentine’s earring tutorial here, I will be back with more Valentine’s craft ideas soon.

If you create your own Valentine’s t-shirt with alcohol ink then please tag me on  @i_heart_maggie on Instagram or  @IHeart_Maggie on Twitter so I can see them.


Claire X

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  • Tomi Tomi on Jan 31, 2021

    I will try this with my granddaughter for her mom as a Valentine's day gift. I don't have a cricut so I will hand cut and stencil. Wish us luck!

  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 15, 2022

    This is a great take on the run of the mill heart for a valentine design. Thank you for sharing. Tomi said she would hand cut and stencil the word. I also do not have a Cricut and thought printing out the lettering and then using carbon paper for fabric to transfer the word to the shirt and then painting with fabric paint and setting with heat when it dries.