T-Shirt Stencils for T-Shirt Stenciling, Autostraddle Style


Have you ever stared longingly at the A-Camp Recamps like, damn, I wish I had a custom-made shirt about bears. Me too. Because I’m in those photos and I yearn for that simpler time.


The good news is that you don’t need to get in the van to get a spray painted top of your own design! All you need is some spray-on fabric paint and a shirt. Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt, lay it flat, and get spraying! (Cut it up when you’re done, if you so please, and if you need help or inspiration look no further than way back when to our tee-shirt cutting guide!) Of course, you don’t want to just put paint on the shirt, right? If you do that’s okay, but if you want shapes you need stencils! Now you’re sitting there all ready to paint with no stencil and you’re sad about it, right? Well, good news.


I asked Intern Geneva to make you four stencils, special, just for you!, and she made them so perfect, you guys! (Of course she did.) How could you not want these all over your body? I know I do. Just right-click (or command-click) to save ’em and then print them out, trace them onto sturdy paper and cut them out out!

All you have to do is spray paint in the general direction of the stencil while weighing it down on top of a shirt and then hang said shirt to dry. Then you can go ahead and cover your entire epidermis with them. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

you-do-you stencil


acamp stencil

The Official Team Logo. In Stencil Form.

as-heart stencil

Does Autostraddle love you or do you love autostraddle? Both, I hope.

straddle-this stencil

Just Do it.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Well, I WAS really upset that I could only print them out in their tiny forms…and then I looked at my distressingly unadorned cotton boyshorts and had a moment of gay brilliance.

    Autostraddle panties 5ever <3

  2. And you can spray them on other things than clothes! I’m going to decorate my guitar case and amp!

  3. I made one shirt at camp and still have another blank one that I didn’t get to decorate. I’m so using these!

    • I made a couple at Acamp, and the shirts are SO much clearer and pretty now that I got home. Of course that could have been because standing downwind of 20 queers with spray paint cans going full blast may have been affecting my brain parts.


    Or did I just miss it.

    Oh well. My Tiger! beat shirt is perfect and amazing forever and ever xoxo

  5. THANK YOU SO MUCH GENEVA! My You Do You from 2.0 washed off my shirt and I was more than a little upset about it. BUT NOW I CAN REBUILD IT, STRONGER AND FASTER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE!

    Secondary request: Can there be a Klub Deer stencil made as well? I would LOVE to wear that shirt around and have people ask me questions about the best temporary nightclub on Earth.

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