Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How To Make Custom Shirts Without Cutting Machine

In my previous post I showed you how to make custom twin onesies using a Silhouette cutting machine.  I know that most people do not own one of these machines so here is a tutorial on how to make a custom shirt without a fancy machine.

Instead of cutting out letters with a machine I purchased letter stickers.  These were in the dollar spot at target and came with five sheets.  I would advise finding stickers with multiple sheets so you can be sure you have enough letters for all your words.  It's the worst when you are in the middle of a craft project and realize you don't have enough supplies!

The stickers are about one inche tall which were perfect for the word "wombmates".
To center the words I started with the middle letter and worked outwards
If your word has an odd number of letters then put the center letter in the middle, Be sure to take into consideration narrow letters like "I and J" and space accordingly.
Make sure the stickers are on securely.  
Now take a newspaper and block out around the words.  Tape around the words in a square.  I used clear packaging tape for this,

Spray the words with fabric spray paint.  I used Kryon spray paint which they said is safe on fabrics and non toxic.

You could reuse your stickers (like I did for my second onesie).   Once your stickers are no longer sticky I would recommend tossing them, as the paint may seep through.  Be sure to heat set your shirt with an iron.  I didn't heat set my shirts and they did fade after I washed them.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Old Denim Corner Heart Bookmark

I have a lot of old jeans and scraps from jeans that I've hemmed.  Most of the old jeans go to the salvation army, but the jean scraps stay in a small pile.  I usually use fabric remnants as dusting rags, but denim is too rough for dusting.  Perhaps a denim quilt, or maybe headband, but both items not really within my taste or style.  I love my jeans, but I think they only belong on the lower half of my body.  I never really saw the appeal on the denim on denim look.  Justin Timberlake (image is of Justin's denim suit) is the only one that could pull that one off.

This weekend I thought of a great way to use my jean scraps.  I cut them into heart shapes and made a corner bookmark.  To keep the jeans from fraying at the edges I applied a thin layer of mod podge onto the back of the hearts.

Apply mod podge to the back side of fabric and let dry.  Using a needle and some thread or dmc floss sew bottom half of heart together.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Twin Custom Onesies: How to Screen Print onto Clothes Tutorial

Making onesies is so easy and fun.  I made these with spray paint and my Silhouette cutter.  If you don't have a cutting machine you could buy sticker letters and make a negative space image (tutorial on that coming in the future).  I made these "I'm with handsome" shirts in less than an hour.  The hardest part was remembering how to work my Silhouette (its easy to use, but for some reason I always mess up the first cut).

Start of with two prewashed onesies
Cut out the pattern onto your vinyl with your Sillohette or Criket machine. You do not need to use expensive vinyl, I used contact paper from the dollar store. I used a stencil font (Cargo Crate) found on dafont.com.  Stencil fonts are easier because it keeps the holes for the letters attached.

Stick the vinyl onto the onesie.  Make sure it is stuck on well.  You can place a cardboard inside the shirt for stability.

I used Black Kryon Spraypaint, it wasn't fabric paint, just paint from the hardware store.  From Krylon's website you can use their paint on fabric and it is non toxic when dry.

Iron the words to assure that they are heat set.

You could use the same template for the other shirt and cut the arrow out reverse the arrow.  I just cut out a new template.

Wash one more time before wear.  This was such a fun project.  You could use fabric spray paint, or I have another tutorial out there where I used acrylic fabric paint.  I made a "No One Puts Baby In the Corner" Dirty dancing onesie.

Here is the Dirty dancing onesie.  Tutorial here

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