The best thing about T-shirt season? Umm…T-shirts. Here’s a no-sew T-shirt project to help you kick off your totally sweet summer. Punch it up with custom textile designs, and then wear it any way you like — the possibilities are infinite…or nearly!
-Tulip Color Shot Instant Fabric Color
-Light-colored T-shirt (baggy)
-Stencil (I used a panel from a modular stacking unit that I scored at a stoop sale last spring!)
-Scrap paper or cardboard (to insert between the layers of the T-shirt)
Head over to the iLoveToCreate blog for step-by-step instructions for achieving the 4 different looks.
[ No Comments | Posted on May 27th, 2015 ]
This quick and easy accessory heralds in a Bohemian springtime. It’s the perfect project to use up any failed tie-dye attempts — or you can tie-dye a whole T-shirt or piece of fabric and host a party! (You can make at lease 10 necklaces from one large T-shirt.)
This particular version is adapted from the Fabric-Covered Bead Necklace from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Sorian0 — substituting in T-shirt fabric (of course) whenever possible!
-Tie-dye T-shirt (or similar)
-10 wooden beads (5/8″) with large holes
-T-shirt hem scraps (optional)
-Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue (optional)
For step-by-step photographic instructions, click through to the iLoveToCreate blog.
[ 2 Comments | Posted on April 28th, 2015 ]
Adventures, More Fun
Last weekend, I spent Saturday evening with these lovely students at my high school alma mater. That’s me on the computer screen–we had a cross-regional Tee Party through the internets! These students are all part of the Green Support team at the school, and invited me to help them celebrate Earth Day. It was wonderful to hear what they’re up to and answer questions they had for me about Generation T.
Here’s another group shot, this time from my perspective–check out all the amazing projects they made!
Happy Earth Day, all — keep fighting the good fights.
In other news: A stack of T-shirts in need of some resuscitation recently arrived on my doorstep…stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what they turn into — I’ll be posting them here!
[ No Comments | Posted on April 22nd, 2015 ]
Hi, folks! It’s been awhile, I’ve been in hibernation, but doggone it, it’s officially springtime, and that means T-shirts (soon, when the temperature hits…50 degrees??). As I’m thawing, I’ve been working on a couple of really exciting projects that I’ll share soon here on the blog, but in the meantime: Trompe l’oeil meets pointilism in this faux pocket T-shirt–a great low-stakes revamp that’ll do wonders at masking a well-placed food stain or simply sprucing up a plain shirt.
Making the dots is so meditative, I’m ready to lose myself in a Lichtenstein-inspired image next!
-Tulip Fabric Markers (rainbow set)
-thin scrap cardboard cut into 4″-wide pocket template
-thin scrap cardboard to use as T-shirt insert to prevent bleed
-plain, light-colored T-shirt
For the fully photographed step-by-step tutorial, click through to the iLoveToCreate blog.
[ 1 Comment | Posted on March 24th, 2015 ]
The perfect accessory for dressing up a basic crew neck T-shirt: a sequined necklace that mimics a Peter Pan-style collar. Even the sequins don’t take all that long to place–it’s the drying time that’s the most challenging to sit through! The ribbon tie makes it adjustable
-Ribbon (two lengths, each about 12″)
-Aleene’s Jewel-It Embellishing Glue
-Plain or scrap paper
-Tulip Premium Fashion Sequins
Click through for the full step-by-step photographed tutorial at the iLoveToCreate blog.
[ No Comments | Posted on December 24th, 2014 ]
I have a thing for snowflakes. I do. And winter solstice seems the perfect occasion to share this snowflake T-shirt with you (maybe it will encourage actual snowflakes to fall!). A little sparkle glams up a plain T-shirt, and you can dress it up with a skirt or down with jeans to suit the mood or the occasion.
-Fashion Glitter Iron on Shimmer Sheets
-iron and press cloth
1. Fold one corner of the shimmer sheet down on the diagonal.
2. Trim the excess to square it off.
3. Fold the folded triangle in half again.
4. And in half again.
5. And in half one more time.
6. Pinch the layers together and cut out shapes from the two folded edges, doing your best to go through ALL layers.
7. Unfold the snowflake, and tidy up any mismatched cutouts.
8. Place the snowflake on the T-shirt, plastic side down, and iron it on using a press cloth.
9. Peel back the press cloth to make sure all edges are stuck. Try it on!
[ No Comments | Posted on December 23rd, 2014 ]
A light switch plate is a pretty sweet blank canvas — small in dimension and fairly low-stakes (in case the creative process doesn’t go as planned). But when it does work, what fun! I started by picking through my T-shirt stash, but ended up far beyond there — click through at the end of the post to see a few other creative switch plate options!
-T-shirt with small logo or text
-Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
-Blank light switch plate
-Craft knife and cutting mat
1. Select a T-shirt or T-shirt scrap and loosely cut out the logo portion. (My T-shirt “excerpt” is clearly from a Red Sox shirt — GO SOX!)
2. Apply glue lightly and evenly to the front of the switch plate, and press it down onto the back of the T-shirt fabric, leaving a 1″ margin on all sides. Trim off the corners and cut an X from corner to corner inside the light switch opening. Fold back the edges and fold back the cut triangle pieces in the center and glue.
3. Let dry completely, and attach your T-shirt light switch plate to the nearest light switch!
For 6 More Ways to Decorate a Light Switch Plate, click through to my tutorials over at the iLoveToCreate Blog.
[ No Comments | Posted on October 28th, 2014 ]
Mark your calendars: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether you walk, run, or responsibly conduct a breast self exam for the cause (do it once a month!) here’s a T-shirt transformation tutorial (plus a bonus throwback at the end!) to honor all of you making a difference and supporting those affected by breast cancer.
Just set aside an old baggy T-shirt, a pair of scissors, and in 10 minutes you’ve got yourself a fitted tank top (inspired by the Outer Lace tank top in Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt). Get the team together and tie-dye and snip your way to its completion, then wear it for yourself, or wear it for a loved one–I know I will be!
-plain white T-shirt
-Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Fashion Art Kit (includes 2 shades of dye plus gloves and rubber bands, black dimensional fabric paint, glitter spray)
-2 safety pins
1. Follow the kit instructions to tie-dye the T-shirt.
2. Click through to the step-by-step illustrated tutorial at the iLoveToCreate blog.
Wear it with all your (ahem) breast friend! Shirt #2, below, is a variation of the Fringe Benefits shirt from Generation T and the Fringe Fabulous shirt from generation-t.com.
[ No Comments | Posted on September 24th, 2014 ]
Whether you’re celebrating back to school or back to work (three weeks back from maternity leave for me!), here are a handful of quick-and-easy, no-sew techniques to accessorize on the cheap. Just grab all those scraps you’ve cut from your white T-shirts, rejuvenate them with a splash of tie-dye, and macramé your way to a statement necklace or two (or seven!). Wear them together or solo or mix and match for a different look each day of the week.
I’ve always loved shopping at hardware stores for my materials — washers and hex nuts and some of the more delicate chains lend a nice physical weight to a fabric-based piece while adding an industrial edge to the overall aesthetic.
-White T-shirt strips
-Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye (blue)
-Lock washers and flat washers in various sizes (#10, 1/4, and 3/8)
Click over to iLoveToCreate blog for the illustrated diagram and step-by-step instructions for each necklace strand.
[ No Comments | Posted on August 26th, 2014 ]
Summer is all about easy, breezy fashion (stay cool) and tie-dye (stay fun!). Here’s an ombre-style surface treatment for a quick-and-easy T-shirt transformation. From plain white T-shirt to a smock-styled, crossback tank top that’s nearly no-sew (about 6 inches of stitching) in no time. Smock it to me!
-Plain white T-shirt
-Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye
-Needle and thread or sewing machine
-Plastic container from the recycling bin
Click through to the iLoveToCreate blog from a complete step-by-step photo tutorial!
[ No Comments | Posted on July 22nd, 2014 ]