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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 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


Homemade Sugar Skulls

My Fiance and I are on the…unconventional side. This has had a HUGE impact on the way we planned our wedding. For example, our save-the-date’s and wedding invitations were adorned with skulls. This love of all things weird and macabre also resulted in our choosing to create hand/homemade sugar skulls as wedding favors. These Skulls are really fun (although sometimes tedious) to make, and are a great project for skull-lover’s everywhere.

These are just a couple of the ones we made as practice (the ones for the wedding won’t be crazy colors):

What you’ll need for the Skulls:

Granulated sugar ( a ton of it if you want to make multiple skulls)

Meringue powder

Water

A large bowl

A skull mold (check out Mexicansugarskull.com)

A piece of cardboard

Directions:

****make sure you DO NOT do this on a really humid or rainy day as it will totally mess up the outcome of the skulls…trust me.

Put desired amount of sugar in large bowl (I usually use three-four cups)

Add one teaspoon of meringue powder for each cup of sugar

Mix the sugar and meringue powder well

Add one teaspoon of water for each cup of sugar used (If you want to make colored skulls, add food coloring to the water)

Mix well

Pack the molds with the sugar skull mix, making sure to even the back of the mold with your finger (you want a flat surface)

Flip them out on the cardboard and let dry for at least eight hours

Once they’re dry, they’re ready to be decorated

What you’ll need for decorating:

Royal Icing (store-bought mix is okay, but if you’d like to make your own – which I recommend – check out this recipe)

Food coloring (for the royal icing)

Icing bags

Decorating tips

Rhinestones

Colored foil

Buttons

Basically anything you’d like to add to the skull!

Directions:

Have fun! Get creative with your decorating, experiment with different patterns, textures, and decorating tips; add rhinestones, buttons, edible glitter, and anything else you can think of/want to add to make them extra personal!

***everything you add will be secured via the royal icing

I hope some of you try this out! I’ve enjoyed making them a lot! I do not, however, recommend taking on the task of making a hundred of them for your wedding though 😉

XXOOXX

Ashley


I’m Nuts About This Hex Nut Bracelet!

Here’s another great DIY find I stumbled across on ModCloth’s blog (originally posted on Honestly…WTF?).


It’s simple and chic, but the best part is…drum roll please…it’s made from stuff you probably have laying around the house!

What you’ll need:

3 strands of twine (I’ve also done this in leather and embroidery floss)

18 hex nuts (small or medium work best, but it can be done with large one’s as well, you’ll just need more twine)

Directions:

Gather the twine, line up the ends, and tie a knot leaving roughly 2 inches at the end

Start braiding until you have about an inch done and begin braiding in the nuts

Take the far left strand, thread a nut onto it, and push it against the base of the braid and cross the twine over

Repeat with the far right strand, keeping your thumb at the base of the braid

Continue those steps until you’ve threaded all the nuts

Once all the nuts are on, braid another nut-free inch of twine, knot it leaving another 2ish inches at the end, and you’re good to go!

*These directions make a bracelet that should wrap around your wrist 2-3 times. If you want a shorter one, just adjust the length of the twine!

For directions accompanied by pictures go to Honestly…WTF?

Here are my versions of this project:

Have fun with this! Experiment with different types of string, twine, leather, etc. and play around with different sized hex nuts in different colors!

XXOOXX

Ashley


Teriffic T-shirt Projects

We all have old T-shirts we don’t wear…and usually they get thrown away. This year, with an upcoming wedding (32 days to go!), and a desire to save money and be less wasteful, I started digging around for cute projects I could do with my old T’s. I found more amazing DIY idea’s than I could have ever hoped for! So, without further ado, I present you with my top 5 DIY T-shirt projects!

1) An amazing Skull cut-out T inspired by a sweatshirt by Pleasure Principle

amazing diy cut out skull t

The black shirt on the left is the original sweatshirt, the one on the right is the DIY version from She’s A Betty.

I personally adore the skull, but you can do fundamentally anything you want like stars, hearts, a spider web, flowers, etc.

What you’ll need:

A long, roomy, T-shirt with a high back

Fabric chalk

An X-acto knife

Scissors

A piece of cardboard to put inside the T so you don’t cut straight through

Directions:

Place the T-shirt over the cardboard then trace out your desired pattern with the fabric chalk. Once you’ve done that, cut away!

2) T-shirt necklaces/scarves

These simple T-shirt accessories are ridiculously cute, easy to make, and comfy too!

What you’ll need:

An old T-shirt(s) **one’s without side seams work best, but either is fine

Scissors

A needle and thread (if you’re going for the partially braided look)

Directions:

Start by cutting the hem off the bottom

Next, cut 1-1 1/2 inch wide strips of the T-shirt (3+ for a braided necklace, as many as desired for scarf or non-braided necklace)

Gently stretch the strips of T-shirt (they will automatically roll up once you do this)

Play around with them! Experiment with braiding the entirety of the strips, bunching them loosely and tying the loose ends at the back, or add charms.

If you like the partially braided look (as shown below with my own necklace):

Cut off the hem

Cut 3 1-1 1/2 inch wide strips

Knot the strips about 1 inch from the top and start braiding

Braid about 12 inches of fabric

Take the needle and thread and sew a few stitches through each strand of the braid then knot it off in the back

Drape the ends of your necklace strands and then trim them so that each strand is about 2 inches shorter than the next

Line up your ends and gather them together

Loosen the knot at the end of the braid and insert the ends then tighten to secure them

My version of the partially braided T-shirt necklace

3) The T-shirt tote

These adorable totes are durable, washable, simple to create, and fun.

What you’ll need:

A heavy weight T-shirt

3-5 straight pins

A pen or pencil

A dinner plate

Scissors

A needle and thread or a sewing machine (the machine is way easier to do this with, but it can be done by hand with some patience and sewing skills)

Directions:

Remove the sleeves, but keep the seam in place

Position a plate roughly halfway over the neck opening of the shirt and trace it

Cut on the traced line

Turn the T-shirt inside out and pin along the bottom hem to close it

Use the sewing machine to sew the bottom of the T closed

Turn it right-side-out and viola! You have your very own T-shirt tote!

4) Spray painted T’s

We’ve all seen them on bad ass rocker chicks like Joan Jett…they’re edgy, fun, and relatively easy to make.

What you’ll need:

A T-shirt

Scissors

An X-acto knife

A stencil (either handmade or store bought…personally I prefer handmade)

Any color(s) of spray paint

Newspaper (to keep your work area clean)

A few piece of cardboard (one for inside the T, and some for stencils if you chose to make your own)

Directions:

Cut out desired pattern into the cardboard (if you’re making your own stencil)

Place the cardboard for the T-shirt inside

Place the stencil in desired position

Hold your spray paint can about 6 inches away from your T-shirt

Spray a light amount of paint onto the T

Let it dry, wash it, and you’ve got your own spray painted T-shirt!

5) Bleach stenciled T-shirts

What you’ll need:

A T-shirt (darker colors work best)

A spray bottle filled with 1 part water, 1 part bleach (you don’t really need a lot of it)

Bleach pens (another nifty option for doing T’s with bleach)

Duct tape (if you want to make stripes)

Scissors

An X-acto knife

A stencil or stencils (again, handmade works here too)

Cardboard for inside the T

Paint brushes for splattering (assuming you want to splatter)

*** Do this in a well ventilated area on a surface that won’t be harmed by the bleach (Tubs and garages work well), and make sure you aren’t wearing anything that you’re terribly attached to just in case!

Directions:

Pick an appropriate and well ventilated spot to set-up in

Find or create a stencil, and/or get your duct tape ready

Place the cardboard inside of your T-shirt to prevent the bleach from leaking all the way through

Position your stencil/duct tape in desired location/pattern

Hold the spray bottle roughly 6 inches away from surface of T-shirt and spray! You can also splatter and drip here as well

Let dry completely, wash, and wear!

Hope you guys enjoyed these as much as I did!

XXOOXX

Ashley


Salutations!

Hi all! My name is Ashley, I’m 23-years-old, and, most importantly, I’m the mother of an absolutely beautiful 17-month-old little boy. Being a mom is amazing. It’s rewarding and magical, but it’s also terribly expensive (not that it’s not worth it!). As a young mom with a desire to be fashionable (and thrifty), I’ve started doing a lot of DIY projects and saving a lot of money in the process! I’ve found some really great things along the way, and have even come up with my own projects inspired by various trends I’ve come across!

The more compliments that I got on my cute little DIY items, the more I started thinking about how much I wanted to share them with other women like myself, and that’s where this blog comes into play. I want to give all the other stylishly thrifty mommies and non-mommies alike out there some cheap, fun, fashionable DIY ideas. I’d also be more than happy to take suggestions on DIY projects, websites and books that offer up great DIY projects, and feedback on the DIY stuff I put up. Not only will there be posts on things like jewelry, accessories, clothing re-vamps, and re-purposed items, I’m also planning on throwing in some stuff like kid’s costumes, awesome recipes, toys, etc. as well!

I’ll be starting to post DIY stuff asap, and I hope you all enjoy the site and the projects! In the meantime, enjoy a picture of my little monster pretending he’s a pirate!

Ashley

My son as a pirate!