Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Recycle Man's T-Shirt Refashion

Tuesday morning at Our Forever House is ALWAYS and exciting time. At roughly 6:45am, my son's ears perk up and he gets uber excited. Running to the door, he can't wait to stand in the driveway to watch as the recycle truck empties the cul-de-sac's recycle bins. This week was especially exciting because the driver honked his horn when he saw the kids standing there watching in their jammies!
His excitement for all things recycling and trash are endless.

He tells me during car rides that seeing and counting trash cans and garbage trucks gives him super powers - he is a garbage superhero! I, of course, love this obsession and will continue to encourage it in any way that I can!

That is where this week's t-shirt project comes in ... a painted reverse applique t-shirt.  As mentioned yesterday, I am on a mission to make some fun graphic t-shirts for my kids since I did not like the mature content available in the "big boys" section of many of the stores.  My son is 5 and I want him to wear age appropriate clothing.  Plus, I want his shirts to be fun and reflect who he is and what he loves.

I did a bit of research on Pinterest and came across this great recycle shirt applique at Wardrobe Refashion.  She used a couple of techniques including paint and reverse applique to create this fun and dynamic result.  Here is my take on her shirt...

This was a fun project for me because I got to try a couple of techniques I have never done before.  The first was using Glad Press N Seal as a stencil and the second was reverse applique.

I started this project by finding a recycle clip art graphic and printing it out as large as I could make it on a piece of 8.5x11 paper.  I lightened it a bunch before I printed so as to save ink.  Since it was so faint, I simply outlined the graphic with a marker. Here were the first four steps:

#1:  Fully cover the graphic with Glad Press N Seal.  Mine was a summer themed from my amazing Target summer clearance haul from last year.  Make sure the Press N Seal is smooth and secure.

#2:  Cut out the graphic being sure to create a clean edge on the Press N Seal.

#3:  Carefully remove the paper backing  and place the Press N Seal design on your t-shirt, making sure to keep the plastic smooth and not stretch the design.  Also make sure the graphic is centered.  I had to reposition mine and it was difficult to pull the Press N Seal off the fabric without ripping it.  Smooth the edges around the design real well to make sure it is prepped for painting.

#4:  Paint over the image and remove the Press N Seal.  When painting, make sure to place a board or piece of heavy paper inside the shirt so that the paint doesn't seep through.  Since I was doing a reverse applique I only needed to do the edges as the center was going to be cut away.  Let the paint dry thoroughly before proceeding.

The next step is the reverse applique portion of the shirt.  Cut a piece of fabric a bit larger than your design and pin it behind the design on the inside of the shirt.

In the inspiration, she hand stitched around the design but I decided to machine sew mine.  After hand sewing the pom-poms t-shirt yesterday, my hand was far to soar.  I sewed along the edge of my paint.  I then separated the two layers and clipped a small hole in the t-shirt in order to trim the INSIDE of the applique area in order to expose the back fabric.

Additionally, I flipped the shirt inside out and clipped the green fabric around the OUTSIDE of the design.  I used t-shirt fabric so the edges will not fray and will be soft to the feel which is important in kids clothing (mine too for that matter).

I love how the paint frames the reverse applique fabric and gives an added dimension to the design!  My little man could not wait to wear his new shirt!

Come back tomorrow when I share yet another t-shirt re-fashion project.

Linked up at Blue Cricket Design, Not Just a Housewife, Polly Want a Crafter, House of Hepworths

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pom-Pom T-Shirt Knock-Off

It is getting warm and of course, my nothing short sleeved in my kids drawers fits them.  They both have seemed to jump a size in the past several months.  So this week I went through their drawers and pulled out everything that was on the small side.  What it left was well...not much. 

We headed out to find some new shorts and t-shirts for the looooooooong Arizona summers.  They need to last for at least the next 6 months.  Both kids have now transitioned from the "toddler" section of the store to the "kid" section.  What I found with many of the graphic tees is that the content is definitely directed to the older child.  I didn't feel that the designs were appropriate for my 5 and 6 year olds.

The alternative was simple.  I picked up a stack of plain t-shirts in a variety of colors for each of them.  Then I headed to the dollar store to pick up a bunch of adult t-shirts (just a dollar each - which is the perfect price since they were going to be cut up - I can't get used t-shirts that cheap) in a variety of colors and headed home.

I searched a bunch of my favorite children's specialty retailers for ideas and was excited when I came across the Spotty Dotty T-Shirt from Mini Boden.  I loved 3-D effect on this shirt and knew that my daughter would too!  What I didn't like was the $28 price tag. 

Source:  Mini Boden

I grabbed my $5 t-shirt, the bag of pom-poms from the kid's art supplies, a needle & some thread!

Using a piece of paper and a hole punch I created my pattern.  I folded the paper, cut out a heart shape and placed it on the shirt, adjusting the pattern until I liked the size and placement.  I then punched holes in the edge of my pattern about every inch.  Placing the pattern back on the t-shirt, I used a washable marker to place a small dot in each hole.

I then determined my pattern and began sewing each pom-pom in place.

This process was tedious and I have decided that I could never do long periods of hand-sewing.  My wrist, the one I broke roller-skating a year ago definitely hurt a lot during this process.  That being said, I absolutely LOVE this fun t-shirt and as you can see from the smile on my daughter's face, she loves it too!

This was a relatively simple project and such a fun way to embellish a simple t-shirt.  Mini Boden also offers their Spotty Dotty shirts in the shape of a star and a butterfly but really, the possibilities with this are endless.

Tomorrow I will be back sharing a fun t-shirt refashion for my son!  See you tomorrow.

Linked up at Blue Cricket Design

Linked up at Blue Cricket Design, Not Just a Housewife, Polly Want a Crafter, House of Hepworths