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Teriffic T-shirt Projects Volume 2

In lieu of the fact that my initial posting on DIY t-shirt projects seems to be particularly popular, I’ve decided to add some more nifty t-shirt related projects to my blog. These projects are as equally cute, fun, cheap, and easy as the first batch you guys have seen earlier in my blog.

1) Ruffle V-neck Shirt

This cute DIY is a great way to add some personality to a plain old T. Plus, everyone knows ruffles are totally in right now…right? So rather than spending $20 or more on a ruffle-tastic shirt in a store, make one yourself for much cheaper!

What You’ll Need:

A V-neck T-shirt

2 Yards of ruffle ribbon in the color of your  choice (you’ll need more than 2 yards if you’re working with a bigger shirt…I’d say 3-4 just to be safe)

Scissors

Fabric glue

Straight Pins

Directions:

1) Cut your ribbon into 3 equal pieces

2) Lay your shirt on a flat surface with the front facing up

3) Make a thin bead of fabric glue on the backside of the first piece of ribbon making sure that it’s close to edge

4) Starting at  a shoulder seam and working down toward the point of the V, glue the ribbon and neck line together

5) As you adhere your ribbon at V you’ll want to gather it slightly (you might want to secure the ribbon at the V with a straight pin until the glue dries all the way) so that the  ribbon is not pulling the fabric

6) Continue to adhere the ribbon around collar to the other shoulder seam

7) Trim your  ribbon at the  seam

*Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of ribbon, taking care to  tuck each additional piece roughly 25 percent under the piece that came before it to create a layered effect

Make sure you let everything dry before you try to wear or wash your shirt!

2) Fringe Necklace

Fringe Jewelry is super popular right now. The above picture isn’t of a DIY necklace, but I wanted to give everyone and idea of what the trend that inspired this DIY was. Below is a picture of what an undecorated version of the DIY looks like.

What You’ll Need:

An old T-shirt (or 2…or 3…)

Scissors

Beads, chain, old broaches, etc. (optional of course…these items are only for decorating purposes. If you like em plain than kindly ignore these suggestions)

Directions:

1) Cut the front of the T-shirt off using the side seams as a guide

2) Cut around the neck hole making sure to keep it in tact and attached to the front of the T (if you cut that part off, you’ve got nothing to make your fringe with!)

3) Cut the bottom seam off of the left-over front part of the shirt

4) Start cutting strips into the front of the shirt

5) Cut try cutting them different lengths and widths to get different looks

6) Try stretching out the strands of fabric (this will make them curl under and appear thinner)

7) Add decorations if you see fit

Slip it over your head and wear!

3) Cassette Tape T-shirt

Let’s be honest, we’ve all got old cassette tapes laying around. Let’s be painfully honest, despite the fact that these tapes hold some sort of nostalgic power over us, we don’t actually listen to them…ever. This project kind of kills two birds with one stone. It gives a use for our old friend the cassette tape and provides us with a cool DIY T-shirt as well.

What You’ll Need:

A cassette tape (or more)

A T-shirt

Fabric paint

A paint brush (I’ve found that the foam ones work great for this project)

Directions:

1) Lay your shirt out on a protected work area (you don’t really want to get paint everywhere…just on the cassette and then the shirt)

2) Paint one of the sides of your cassette tape

3) Press the painted cassette down onto your shirt until you feel that the entirety of the tapes shape has transferred (the prints won’t look perfect, but that’s part of the appeal of this project…it gives a worn sort of vintage look, so no worries!)

4) Remove the tape from the shirt

5) Repeat

6) Have fun with it! Play around with different patterns and colors.

7) Let dry completely, wash, and wear!

This project is great for shirts, but it’s also cool for leggings, high-top chuck’s, bags, scarves, hoodies, decorating plain throw pillows, hat’s…the list goes on and on!

4) 80’s Style Boxy T-Shirt

Boxy T-shirts were a token staple of the 80’s wardrobe that just so happen to have made a comeback in a big way. They’re fashionable, comfy, and, if you buy them in a store, can be expensive. So again, why blow all that cash on something you could make for close to, if not, nothing?

What You’ll Need:

A large or extra large T-shirt (I’m super tiny, so a large worked well for me)

Scissors

Directions:

1) Cut the sleeves of your T-shirt just above the hem

2) Make 2 slits about an inch away from the front of the collar on both the left and right side, making sure that they’re done at a roughly 90% angle from the shoulder seams

3) Cut the collar out using the slits as a guide

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the back side of the shirt

5) Cut the bottom hem of the shirt off (you can cut it so that the shirt is shorter, or just cut the hem off to keep it long)

Viola! You’re done!

5) The Holey T-shirt

I know, I know…who want’s to wear a T-shirt full of holes? Apparently a lot of people do! Shirts like this have been popping up all over trendy clothing websites and making appearances in hip clothing stores all over the place. For instance, I’m a huge fan of Urban Outfitters and can frequently be found torturing myself by perusing their site. Recently, I’ve seen a ton of holey clothing on UO’s website, and to be honest, I dig it (sans the rather large price tag that seems to accompany them that is). This is probably the easiest, cheapest DIY in the history of DIY’s. It literally consists of 3 steps and requires things that most women have laying around the house.

What You’ll Need:

A T-shirt

Scissors

Nail scissors

An X-acto knife

A cutting board

Directions:

1) Place the cutting board inside of your T-shirt

2) Start making holes in the shirt using your various cutting tools

3) Stretch out the area’s where you’ve cut holes and you’re done….no seriously…done.

This particular type of shirt won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those risque fashionista’s out there, it’s a great project. If you feel a little awkward about having holes all over your shirt for modesty purposes, you can always throw a tank on underneath. Either way, it’s an edgy, fun way to re-purpose an old T, and, to be frank, it’s a pretty good way to blow off some steam when you’re irritated.

Hope everyone enjoys these terrific T-shirt projects as much as you did the first time around!

XXOOXX

Ashley




DIY Braided Chain Jewlery: Dexterity Needed!

Mixed media jewelry is hot right now which means that these lovely necklaces and bracelets are sure to win you some compliments. We’re seeing chains with ribbons and threads woven through them all over the place, and I for one am a fan!

I initially stumbled across these beauties while perusing Studs and Pearls and instantly fell for them. I make plush monsters for my son in my spare time, so I have TONS of embroidery floss around, which made this a gem of a find for me.I’m not going to lie, making these can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it, but the outcome is well worth it.

The first example pictured is by Aurélie Bidermann and runs about $400. I’m going to offer up an equally attractive DIY with a MUCH smaller price tag.

What you’ll need:

A thick curb chain (these can easily be found at craft stores like AC Moore)

Embroidery thread (I use a total of 6 different colors, but you can play around with the amount of colors you choose to use)

A clasp if your necklace or bracelet doesn’t have one

Jump rings if you want to add charms

A bobby pin

Directions:

Choose your colors (I usually do two sets of color schemes – 3 different similar colors for each set of strings) * I use a total of 30 strands – 15 for the first cluster and 15 for the second/ 5 of each different color*

Measure and cut the string so that it’s at least 3 times the length of your chain

Tie the two groupings of 15 strings together leaving about two inches at the end

Separate the two different groups of string and decide which you’d like to start with

Take the group you’ve decided to start with and put the bobby pin around it

Pull it under the first link in your chain using the bobby pin (trust me, it makes it A LOT easier)

Take the bobby pin and place it on the second group of strings

Pull the second group over top of the remaining string from the first and loop it behind the same link and pull it through

Repeat steps until chain is completely braided with thread then tie a knot in the end

***For steps with pictures check out Studs and Pearls***My directions are slightly different, but it’s basically the same thing.

If you want to add charms, simply attach them to the uncovered side of the chain using jump rings

Eventually when my camera stops being difficult, I’ll be uploading some pictures of the bracelets I’ve made using this technique. In the mean time, I hope you guys have fun with this project!

XXOOXX

Ashley



DIY Chic Studded Shoes

Studded shoes are in right now ladies! And by in, I mean expensive!

So…why spend all that money to look hip when you can do it yourself?!?

What you’ll need:

A pair of shoes

Thumb tacks

A hammer

Directions:

Take your shoes and start adding tacks to the heels

Place a tack in the heel and hammer it in to make sure it’s secure

Repeat (don’t forget to experiment with patterns!)

Voila! Studded shoes!

This has to be one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest (if you use shoes you have on hand) DIY’s I’ve come across to date and I hope you guys enjoy it!

XXOOXX

Ashley