Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Custom T-Shirt Tutorial

We hope you have been enjoying our week so far! We all know Tumble Dye works great for creating a traditional tie-dye shirt, but today we are excited to show you some fun ways to create some fashion tees. It also works great for creating a more thrify, diy version of so many tees we have seen it stores! Can you spot our copy cats?




We used 2 techniques to create these shirts. The anchor and text shirt were created using elmer's glue for a resist technique; the lavender used the lace as a stencil.


Lavendar Shirt supplies: 
Shirt 
Lace piece or shirt 

Resist technique supplies: 
White shirt 
Elmer's gel glue (white or blue, but must be the gel kind) 
paint brush 
Large bowl (not pictured) 


We originally saw this technique here, but it is even easier with our Tumble Dye! You will love it! First, place a board, piece of plastic, or even a cookie sheet in between your shirt so the glue won't soak through. Create your design with the Elmer's gel glue and then let the glue dry completely. For our anchor, we painted the glue on with a paint brush. For the text, we hand wrote it directly out of the bottle.


Fill a large bowl with enough water to completely submerge your shirt. Add as much Tumble dye as desired, the more dye, the more concentrated the color will be. Once the glue is completely dry, submerge your shirt in the dye. Make sure the entire shirt is covered, then remove from dye and hang to dry. 

Let dry completely, then heat set in the dryer for 20 minutes. Once the dye is heat set, hand wash the shirt with warm water and soap to dissolve the glue. Now you are ready to wash and wear! For the anchor we use the sports blue Tumble dye, and for the text shirt, we used hot pink with a bit of sports gold mixed in!



Can you believe you can make that with a little water, Tumble dye, and Elmer's glue? We thought it turned out pretty great! It is such an easy way to make a copy cat of this Billabong tank we found.


We saw these shirts in Walmart from their new Bella Bird line and thought, we can do that! We found a clearance lace tank and went straight to our tumble dye. We stretched our shirt over a board so it was taut. We then put the lace tank over the top as well. We sprayed our fashion Plum color, more concentrated on the top and gradually less the further down to give it a nice, soft line. And done! We removed the lace, let it dry completely, then heat set it the dryer for 20 minutes. 

Hope you have enjoyed this new technique. It would be great for a party activity as well. Use the lace shirt over and over, or dip several shirts in your bowl of dye! What great designs would you create?


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34 comments:

Roxie said...

Wow, that is an awsesome idea. I would love to make those for my daughter!

KellyG said...

VERY cool! Love that you were able to re-create these shirts! Love that one using lace, awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Very cute shirt (and model) I will have to try this out.

Shana said...

The shirts look amazing! My favorite is the purple.

Kelly Swosinski said...

These are great! So many possibilities!

Nathalie said...

Totally cool shirts!!! Would ove to try this out!

Shanna Fugate said...

Actually saw the glue idea a month or so ago and though tit would be great to use with the tumble dye. Was just trying to figure out the steps. Thanks for posting!

Natalie said...

That lace idea is fabulous!

victoriasmom98 said...

I love this.......what an idea!!! --- victoriasmom98@yahoo.com

Bethany Becker said...

These shirts are great. What an awesome project!

AshleyT said...

I love that purple one! So cute! Great idea

Vicky Alberto said...

very cool post!!!

kath said...

Awesome ideas! These are great.

Katherine VB, Fairfield, CA said...

Awesome ideas! These are great.

howo34 said...

This is so cool and it looks so easy to do!!

brenlubrant said...

I will share this technique with my daughter because she loves creating t-shirts. Thank you for the great inspiration.

Kelly Massman said...

I would probably make some type of flower design! Thanks!

Cherie said...

OMG!! That is adorable!! I have some tumble dry and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Awesome job! I can't wait to get my hands on my supplies (they are in storage because I am moving)! Thanks for sharing!!

Beth said...

That purple shirt is lovely!

Scrapycandy said...

I like the idea of using items as a stencil and maybe I will use a real stencil...I have wall stencils and scrapbook page stencils... and a very plain t shirt...this is great!

littlen said...

very cute tee shirts, especially like the purple one. tfs.
littlen44 at gmail dot com

Fifi said...

stunning a modern day version of batique

Diane S. said...

love the idea! thanks so much!

Charisma3103 said...

I love this tutorial so cool

Janie Boots
boots3103@hotmail.com

Shannon said...

My teenage daughter would love to make a project like that!!

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cliare said...

Wow....very good!

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trying....

 

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