Adventures

New York, NY @ Michaels Craft Store

With apologies for the last-minute invitation….

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…please come make a Pinterest-worthy seasonal project with Megan Nicolay of Generation T as well as your local inspiration specialists at the Michaels store location in Manhattan (808 Columbus Avenue) this weekend! Find us there from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, where we’ll be sharing tips, techniques, and creativity! If you’re not in the area, check in at your local Michaels store, because chances are, there’s a party happening there, too. And, lastly, if you want to follow along online, check in with Megan @MeganNicolay or @GenerationTee and look for #MPinterestParty and #ilovetocreate tags.

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Hope to see you there!

[ No Comments | Posted on November 8th, 2013 ]

T-shirt Projects

10 Quick & Easy T-shirt Halloween Costumes III

Well, I’ve started a tradition, serving all of you would-be Halloween revelers who are down to the wire when it comes to your costume. For the third year running (see year 1 and year 2 here), we have another 10 quick-and-easy T-shirt-based Halloween costumes. From the literary to the painterly, nerdy to the nostalgic, from pop culture to popcorn. In most cases, all you need is a blank T-shirt and some fabric paint or markers. First up, make a masterpiece in just a couple of hours — grab a frame and hit the trick-or-treating circuit!

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MONDRIAN MASTERPIECE T-SHIRT

Materials:
-Plain white T-shirt (since I’m making a Mini Mondrian, it’s size 2T)
-Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint (in black, red, blue, and yellow)
-Tulip Fabric Paintbrushes
-Scissors
-Masking tape
-Scrap paper (to insert between the layers of the T-shirt in order to prevent the paint from seeping through)
-Newsprint paper or similar (to protect your work surface)

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Make it:

 1. Visit the iLoveToCreate blog for the the full Mondrian Masterpiece Tutorial. See below for 9 more ideas for quick costumes!


AND NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE ARE 10 COSTUMES TO MAKE WITH T-SHIRTS (starting with the MONDRIAN MASTERPIECE)

#1 Mondrian Masterpiece. Create a masterpiece! Or wear one inspired by the works of Piet Mondrian.
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#2 Waldo. Dress in stripes to be the title character (or his pal Wanda) from the children’s classic Where’s Waldo?  (You know, before Harry Potter came along to claim those round specs). Just pair with denim.
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#3 Popcorn. There are plenty of a baby costumes for freshly popped popcorn (parents as popcorn vendors), but this T-shirt rendition is limited only by the size of your T-shirt.
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#4 Crayon. Go solo as a blue crayon (don’t forget the sharpened top of the crayon!) or grab your friends and make a whole box of crayons.
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#5 Mickey Mouse. Recognizable a mile away, add a pair of ears to top off this costume (and some yellow sneakers wouldn’t hurt either!). Swap out the bottom of the T-shirt for red with white polka dots for Mickey’s main squeeze, Minnie. 5Mickey generation-t.com

#6 Ketchup and Mustard. For couples, roommates, or other easily paired people, it’s everyone’s favorite condiments!
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#7 Fifty Shades of Gray. A tame version of Fifty Shades of Gray that you could wear around the office. Alternatively, attach the actual Pantone color swatches all over the surface of the T-shirt.

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#8 Your Favorite Joke. I used my all-time favorite joke. But you should insert your own: Setup on the front, punchline in back!8Joke generation-t.com

#9 Twister. Twister falls into that beloved classic family game category with the likes of Sorry!, Scrabble, and Pictionary. Fashion the spinner into a headpiece to complete the look!
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#10 Copy and Paste. Nerd alert! Perfect for twins (or bestie lookalikes), “Copy” and “Paste” (for Macs). Slight modifications (Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V) should be made for PCs.

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Safe and happy haunting!

 

 

[ 1 Comment | Posted on October 29th, 2013 ]

Adventures

Generation T, eBook Edition!

I’m so happy to announce, one year after its younger sister was made available as an eBook, and 7 years after its initial print publication, that Generation T: 108 Ways To Transform a T-shirt is now a Generation T eBook! Happily, you may now enjoy the original 108 ways to transform a T-shirt via your tablet e-reader of choice — Nook, Kindle, iPad or iPhone, Kobo, and so on — the works!

Let me know what you think of the eBook experience! (Especially if you have a paper book, too — how do they compare?)

[ No Comments | Posted on September 27th, 2013 ]

Events

Katonah, NY @ Little Joe’s Books

It’s a TEE PARTY! Next up, in what’s turning out to be a very busy month over at Generation T, please come to Little Joe’s Books on Sunday, October 20 with bestselling author of the Generation T book series, Megan Nicolay. The Tee Party is from 2:00 – 4:00 PM — all materials will be provided, but it’s BYOT (Bring Your Own T-shirt)!

Little Joe’s Books
25 Katonah Avenue
Katonah NY 10536
(914) 232-7278

info@littlejoesbooks.com

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T-shirt Projects

How to: No-Sew T-shirt Grocery Tote II

When you’re talking fruit and vegetable stamping, a change of seasonal harvest can herald a whole new palette of patterns and textures with which to print. And with them, a whole new no-sew T-shirt totebag tutorial – this time, with fringe! Before the summer fruits and veggies officially relinquish their harvest reign to the autumn root vegetables (reminder: potato printing=boring!), see what you can scavenge from the last of the September haul to make some colorful T-shirt prints — and a sturdy T-shirt tote to bring to next weekend’s farmers market! Behold, this fall’s hottest accessory (see this summer’s no-sew tote here)….

Materials:
-Plain old T-shirt (I used an adult size M for this particular one)
-Tulip Dimensional Paint or Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Tubes
-Plastic container lid(s) to use as a paint palette (check your recycling bin!)
-Half of two bell peppers, corn on the cob, lime, and the end of a celery stalk (to use as stamps)
-Scissors
-Ruler or straightedge
-Scrap paper
-Plastic garbage bag or table cloth to protect your work surface
-Mixing bowl or other round item (to use as a cutting guide)

Make it:
Click through to get the photographic step-by-step tutorial through my newest post for iLoveToCreate Blog. You can print lots of T-shirts…

…and then decide which one(s) you want to turn into a totebag!

The ties to the farmers market run deep for this totebag, but don’t limit its use to produce! I had a student make one of these totes during my artist-in-residency at her school, and she quickly transferred all of her textbooks into it before heading off to her next class. If you tie your knots tightly, this bag will definitely hold up to any combination of weighty tomes, making it a great (if a little late) back to school project. Or…with Halloween around the corner, how about using it as a creative vessel for that delicious candy haul…?

[ 1 Comment | Posted on September 24th, 2013 ]

Events

Brooklyn, NY @ Park Slope Library

Mark your calendars and sharpen your scissors! It’s a BROOKLYN TEE PARTY! Grab an old T-shirt that you want to freshen up, and come to the free T-shirt refashioning event at the Park Slope Library in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday October 5, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! Bestselling author Megan Nicolay will teach several designs from her books Generation T and Generation T: Beyond Fashion.

Scissors and any other necessary tools will be provided, and books will be available for sale (get them signed!), but BYOT (Bring Your Own T-shirt)! Hope to see you!

What: Generation T Tee Party
When:
October 5, 2013 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where
: The Park Slope Library, 431 Sixth Avenue, at 9th Street
Cost
: FREE!
RSVP:
We may be ordering pizza, so kindly RSVP so we can have a ballpark figure for how many folks to expect!

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Park Slope Library and Park Slope Parents.

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Other Projects

How to: Make a Silhouette Portrait

Here’s a handmade, personalized, and timeless gift for Grandparent’s Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day — for 2013, it’s on September 8!), or you can save it for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Just snap a photo of your subject in profile, gather up the rest of the materials, and you can make and assemble this in minutes. Start a series by making a new image each year so you can see the growth of your child!

Materials:
-Aleene’s Tacky Dot Runner adhesive
-photo frame
-photo of subject in profile
to fit your frame (the photo doesn’t need to be crisp or particularly high quality–just irresistible, like my little pal Caleb, featured above!)
-artists tape
-craft knife and cutting mat

-black paper (tip: if you don’t have any, create and print out a sheet of black paper on your computer)
-decorative paper (for background–check out your wrapping paper stash for good options)
-scrap paper (for banner–I found a colorful envelope from a holiday card in the recycling bin)
-thin-tipped pen

Make it:
Check out the step-by-step tutorial over at the iLoveToCreate Blog!

There’s also a video tutorial I did for About.com, below:

[ No Comments | Posted on September 4th, 2013 ]

Other Projects

How to: Paint a Cityscape with Tape!

Though my motivation was nursery decor (inspired particularly by my son’s love for taxis and trucks — hey, we live in Brooklyn!), this technique could easily be applied to any shapes that benefit from a grid-like treatment — like robots, or alphabet tiles, or basic shapes. I was inspired by the geometry of the landscape where we live, but your cityscape could be urban or rural (or suburban, for that matter!). The tape technique works like any resist–I love the rough-hewn, batik-like result, and the effect, as I mentioned, could be applied to any subject matter, to suit any room in the house!

Materials:
-Stretched canvas (mine is 10″ x 8″)
-Tulip Soft Fabric Paint
-Tulip Sponge Pouncers and other foam brushes
-Tulip Fabric Paintbrushes
-Artist’s tape (or masking tape, but artist’s tape peels off more easily)
-Craft knife and cutting mat
-Paper plates (to use as paint palettes)

Make it:
Gather your materials, and click on through to the I Love to Create Blog for the complete tutorial!

My imaginary city is the perfect accompaniment to the New York City “Bridges” print by Two Arms Inc. and the Safari Mobile by PetitCollage that we already have hanging. I’m thinking of adding Sophie Blackall’s subway poster to my urban/jungle theme….

[ No Comments | Posted on July 24th, 2013 ]

T-shirt Projects

How to: Side-Fringe Tie-Dye T-shirt

While most fringe T-shirts have the fringe tailing off the bottom, I went with horizontal fringe on this one. The side fringe gives nice movement and flow to the tee, and it’s a great project for making a slightly-too-big T-shirt into a just-right T-shirt. Add a touch of ombre tie-dye, and it’s a perfect summertime staple. Throw it over your bathing suit, and head beachward!

Materials:
-Plain T-shirt (one to two sizes larger than you’d ordinarily wear)
-Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit (includes rubber bands, bottles, dyes, two pairs of plastic gloves, and an instruction/inspiration sheet)
-Plastic table cloth or plastic garbage bag to cover your work surface
-Paper towels
-Plastic cling wrap or zip-lock bags
-Scissors
-Sewing machine with thread or needle and thread
-Safety pins (optional)

Note: If you’re working with new T-shirts, pre-wash and dry them to make sure any shrinking that’s going to happen has happened!

Make it:
Head over to my post at the iLoveToCreate blog for the step-by-step photo tutorial.

Note: You can make a no-sew version of this shirt by cutting the fringe first and then knotting the front fringe piece with the corresponding back fringe all the way up and down both sides (the shoulder fringe remains unknotted). I like this version because it’s quick (particularly if you are using a sewing machine), and the fringe fall nicely without the bulk of the knots.

[ No Comments | Posted on July 8th, 2013 ]

T-shirt Projects

A T-shirt Sew-Along with Kollabora

Oh, the quest for the perfect tee! While our collective search for the perfect jersey knit continues (Alternative Apparel or American Apparel? J. Crew or GAP?), why not make your own? It’s quite arguably the perfect summer project to take on when you’re looking to have yourself a crafty long weekend. But hurry, since you’ve got less than a week to join the “Scout” T-shirt pattern sew-along over at Kollabora (entries are due Monday, July 8!)…

Here’s what you do:
-Download the pattern from Grainline Studio here (it costs $6.50).
-Then print and assemble the pattern, and check out the step-by-step photo tutorials over at Kollabora to get you feeling inspired and confident (there are plenty of variations, too!).
-Upload photos of your finished T-shirt to the gallery to share your creation, and to be entered to win some awesome stuff! (And while you’re there, click through to check out the gallery of T-shirts that have already been made and cast your vote for fan favorite!)

Behold, the Scout Woven Tee pattern by Jennifer Beeman, the designer and patternmaker at Grainline Studio:

Though I personally won’t make the July 8 deadline, I do have some yellow and blue lightning bolt jersey knit left over from a hooded sweatshirt project I was working on for the little guy that I will definitely be turning into a “Scout” T-shirt for myself!

[ No Comments | Posted on July 3rd, 2013 ]