Monday, May 3, 2010

Embellished Mistakes

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While I was home visiting the folks, my mom wanted to work on a t shirt she could wear during vacation bible school.  The theme this year is about cowboys or something like that.  Anyways we were going to do a bleach stencil shirt that said Rhinestone Cowgirl  and of course add tones of rhinestones. For that tutorial you can go here.  So I got the shirt ready, but I totally saturated the shirt and the bleach soaked through the letters so I ended up with this.

Not quite my desired outcome.  So my challenge was to save this shirt.  I decided to do the freezer paper stencil technique.  I used my cricut to cut out Rhinestone Cowgirl.  Then I just pressed it on the shirt wax side down.

I cut a few more pieces of the freezer paper and pressed on the shirt to protect it from excess paint.  I wanted to try this spray paint for shirts.  I have never used them before and was curious how they would do.

It was interesting but didn't work as well as I had hoped.  You are supposed to spray with a white base coat first but that spray can didn't work.  So I just sprayed it with the pink and it came out in a jet stream. I wasn't sure how well it was being covered. It was an uneven coverage and peeled some when I took the freezer paper off.

I may try to use this product again, but overall I was disappointed.  If anyone has any tips and love this product please do tell. At this point I know I wanted to add a border around my bleach mess.  I chose to do a reverse applique.  I thought i had some hot pink zebra but I did not so I went with a brown zebra print for this.  First I turned my shirt inside out and pinned the zebra print to the shirt with the print facing the back of the t shirt.

Next turned it right side out, sewed a straight stitch around my bleach spot.  Then I sewed another straight stitch on the inside of the previous stitch. After that, I cut away the t shirt revealing a border.
I have no idea what to do next, but I know it needs something else. . . .STARS!  I drew some stars on my heat bond and made stars to put on my shirt.
I positioned them and ironed them in place.  I then stitched them to the shirt.

Add iron on rhinestones and wear.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. LOVE how you did this shirt. The reverse applique border is very very cool. I must try that!

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  2. Great save!! We must be using the same curriculum for VBS as your Mom our theme is cowboy too.

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  3. Very nice!! Always good to embellish your mistakes :)

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  4. great job! I'm visiting from TGC.

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  5. Very fun project. Reminds me of my tie-dye t-shirt days...you know...the first time they were popular. Now you know how old I am! Ha! Thanks for joining Modern Craftswoman Monday, and hope to see you next week, too! Rory

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  6. I love hearing about your creative process, and how one idea sparks another!

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Party!

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  8. I have a couple of similarly bleached shirts. (That bleach idea sure is cute, but it requires a bit of practice!) This is super cute!

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  9. Great job!! I love the appliqued stars!

    Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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