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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fun little project

So the big question is...are you on Pinterest?  I am, and I'm obsessed waaay into it!  So many cute ideas, recipes, inspirational things--the list just goes on and on!  While I never really got on to the Facebook bandwagon, this is something I'm really digging.  It was what I gave up for Lent, actually.  LOL!

That being said, I've come across quite a few projects that I've pinned and now that it is summer, have finally been able to do them.  Yeah!
I saw this cute shirt from Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy and then stumbled upon this shirt from Plum Adorable.  Orginally, I attempted to make a variation of the bleached-pen shirt from Plum Adorable, but since the bleach pen was actually "color safe" on my gray t-shirt ($5 bucks on sale from TarJay), when all was said and done, all I had was a cute gray tank.  Period.  No bleaching out.  Grrrr.
Soooo, second time's a charm and I decided to go with the same graphic, but use Lindsey's tutorial for the glittered tee.  You can go check out both of their tutorials because I basically followed them to a "T".  Ha ha, funny, right?! 

cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint/bleach doesn't go through to the other side
either a Clorex bleach pen or some paint (I used good ol' Martha Stewart's glitter paint--Antique Silver)
freezer paper (the key is to put the glossy side down)
an iron

Step 1:
Put the cardboard into the inside of the shirt to prevent
the paint/bleach from leaking through.

Step 2:
Trace your "image" onto freezer paper (remember glossy side down)
and then cut out.

Step 3:
Iron the freezer paper onto the fabric.  Make sure you really
get the edges nice and bonded so that the paint won't creep out.

Step 4:
"Paint" on the paint.  I used a foam brush.  This is
what it looked like after 1 coat.

Step 5:
After the paint has dried about an hour, add a second coat.
Step 6:
After the second coat has dried, peel off the freezer paper and use a pressing cloth and your iron to heat set the paint.  I spritzed my pressing cloth with water to help get a good steam.

Step 7:
Try not to get poked by your little helper as she "points" out the finished product.
Ugh.  I don't know how people take pictures of themselves each week for
wardrobe accountability posts!!  I look all slumped, rumpled and roughly the side of a barn.

The shirt looks much cuter in person...promise!

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