Awesome customized Tees

Another post like the Sock Snowmen that requires little crafting talent, but yields great results.

You will need:

A t-shirt – Try Fruit of the Loom value weight. I got one or £2.49 from ebay and they have all sizes and tons of colours to chose from.
Bleach. 
Chalk.
A paintbrush.
A plastic bag or binliner.
A copy/picture of a design.
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Use the plastic bag inside the shirt to separate the fabric so that only the front is affected by the bleach. Make sure the bag is laid out flat and that your tee is laid out on a flat surface. Outside would be good, but if not possible, choose an area that isn’t carpeted!

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Next, use the chalk to roughly sketch your design. Don’t worry about being too accurate or arty….the look we are aiming for is distressed and a bit splattery so neatness isn’t an issue. My Avengers A looks a bit squished up, but it’s close enough!

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Next, use the paintbrush to start painting bleach over your design. Follow the chalk marks and focus on this part first. You will start to see results almost immediately. The splodges and marks can be added as you paint (dripping brush!) and then on purpose afterwards 😉

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Next, put your shirt in cold water for a couple of minutes to wash away any excess bleach. I ran mine under a cold water tap for 2 minutes, making sure to cover the whole of the bleached design. You could also pop your tee under the shower if that’s easier.

The next step is to wring the tee out and pop it into the wash. I washed mine with a tiny amount of washing liquid on a 40 degree quick wash. I left it to dry overnight and this is the final result (which my husband, the recipient of the tee) absolutely loved!

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There you have it! A totally customized, one off tee!
You can try this method with other colour tees to see how different they turn out….or try different fabrics and t-shirt brands to see how the bleach reacts. We are planning an olive tee with a Captain America logo, a burgundy tee with an Iron Man Arc reactor and a brown tee with a Firefly logo.

Original inspiration for this project came from this post at Eight & Sixteen.

 

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Christmas Crafting – paper snowflakes

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Fold your paper into a square, then fold into a triangle. Fold some more.  A bit like this:

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Here’s the template for mine.  I found it on the internet, drew it on and then carefully cut it out.  Please bear in mind that I’m not naturally creative, crafty or artistic so if I can do this, anyone can!

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You can probably find and make a more intricate, delicate design. If you have a craft knife, there’s probably a lot more you can do, as scissors can be hard work! Anyway, this is the finished product:

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And this is our pretty window at work.  Sure brightens up the usual crappy view!!

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This is a great project to do with the kids, and the snowflakes are a lovely keepsake that you can keep and cherish when they are older and don’t want to do this sort of stuff with you anymore!!

Merry Christmas….

More sock snowmen

Further to this post, I have now made a grand total of 6 sock snowmen!  I think I’ve got it down now and can create one in less than 10 minutes. I’ve also started to get a little more creative with fabrics and crafty bits. Next year I am going to go bigger and better. Below are 2 pictures……batch one contains the first ever rather sad looking snowman and then you can see in batch 2 how I’ve practiced a little more and gotten a little better.

I still highly recommend this as a quick and easy Christmas craft that you can do with your kids.  These snowmen make wonderful little stocking filler gifts. I made mine for my mum, 2 sisters and 3 best friends and they love them! Follow the link above for instructions and give it a go! You don’t need many supplies and the result is surprisingly good, while the process is unbelievably easy.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Batch #1 – There’s my first ever snowman on the left!

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Latest batch – sparkles and pretty hats!

 

Christmas crafting for the artistically challenged

You know how people make jokes about not being able to sew a button on? Well, I can do that. I can just about repair a seam that’s come apart as well.  After that, I’m rubbish. I am a writer, not an artist and I can’t make cards or create my own art for the house or knit, sew or craft cushions etc.  But I have stumbled upon the easiest Christmas crafting ever. If I can do this, anyone – seriously, anyone – can do this!

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You will need:

  • White crew sock (buy several pairs if you want to make gifts)
  • Elastic bands
  • Mixed bag of buttons (I chose green & red smaller ones)
  • Some Christmas ribbon or fabric
  • Craft glue
  • Map pins
  • Long grain rice
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

Start by cutting the sock at the heel and tying off the main part with an elastic band.  Keep the rest of the sock, you’ll need it.

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Next, stuff the sock with rice.  Keep pushing it down and using the stretch of the sock to plump it out and make a fat, round base.

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Next, tie off a section and then fill up the smaller top section with more rice. Tie off with another elastic band.  Your sock should now have a basic snowman shape.

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You now need your map pins. I bought a pack of black and a multi coloured pack, which had orange inside. This was good, as I was all out of miniature carrots…

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He’s starting to look like a real snowman now! Next, add your ribbon and fashion it like a scarf.  Also, roll the top of the edge of the sock remnant up and place it on the snowman’s head like a hat.

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Okay, now you just need to embellish him a little.  Sew or glue some buttons on to the main body section and maybe jazz up his hat with some ribbon or fabric offcuts.

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You are all done! And here he is – my finished prototype Snowman 🙂

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Directions were taken from HERE. Their snowmen are considerably better than mine!!! Here are some other sock snowmen.  Using different materials, embellishments and crafty bits you can create your own individual designs.

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