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.


  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!

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

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

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

  5. Very fun project. Reminds me of my tie-dye t-shirt 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

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

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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!

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

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