DIY Graphic T-shirt

DIY Graphic T-shirt

It’s no secret that I am a bit of a cheapskate.  So when I decided that I wanted a new t-shirt with a camera on it for my photography job this summer, I scourged the internet for the most inexpensive shirt I could find.  I found an adorable shirt for only $10 and was ready to check-out of the online store when an idea came to me.

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Last year I ordered a camera shirt for the summer.  When the shirt came in the mail, it was the wrong size.  The store sent a replacement and offered to let me keep both shirts.  Since then, the incorrectly sized shirt has been sitting in my craft drawer.

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Using a Goodwill t-shirt, the too-large shirt in my craft drawer, and some acrylic paint, I recreated the online $10 steal for less than $4.  A penny saved is a penny earned.

Supplies:

  • Ill-fitting graphic tee
  • Properly fitting plain tee
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard

Directions

  • Cut out the image of the ill-fitting tee.
  • Pin the image onto the shirt that fits.

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  • Use a zig-zag stitck to sew the image onto the shirt.
  • Place cardboard inside the shirt so that it separates the two layers of material.

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  • (The next two steps are optional)
    • On a piece of paper, I wrote the text that I wanted to add, and I placed it on the shirt to decide where I wanted it.ohsnap4
    • I used permanent marker to lightly write the text on the shirt before painting it.ohsnap3
  • Use acrylic paint to decorate the shirt.

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  • Let dry.

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DIY Cookie Jar

DIY Cookie Jar

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I really like cookies.

If the number of cookies I eat directly correlates to the number of unpleasant moments I experience, then one could assume that I am regularly unhappy.

Thankfully, I eat cookies whether I am happy or sad, pleasant or unpleasant.  The only thing better than eating cookies may be baking cookies for someone else.  There is something so calming about mixing brown sugar, eggs, and flour.  I love scooping small balls of dough onto the cookie sheet (and eating the raw dough that doesn’t quite fit).  The crinkle of parchment paper is a joyous sound.  Yes, I love cookies and baking.

But where does one store endless hordes of cookies (other than their stomach)?  A cookie jar of course!

Since I love crafting almost as much as I love baking, I made my own cookie jar to house my favorite treats.

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Supplies:

  • 1 large empty plastic container (I used a protein powder container, but you could also use a pretzel container or buy a container at Wal-mart).
  • Tempra paint in contrasting colors
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sponge, cut into a V shape

Directions:

  • Completely paint the outside of the container in a solid color.  Let dry.

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  • Using the V-shaped sponge, lightly paint chevrons around the top and bottom of the container.  These V-shapes will only serve as a guide for the next step, so they do not have to be perfect.

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  • Use a brush to completely paint the V-shaped marks.  Add a row of polka-dots between the two chevron rows.

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  • Let dry.
  • Fill with delicious cookies!
Making Memories…and Memory Quilts

Making Memories…and Memory Quilts

As a teenager, going to High Point Camp was the highlight of my summers.  I loved meeting people from across the country (I even met a girl from Hawaii), riding on tubes behind the speed boat, zooming down the zip-line, and learning about God’s Word in chapel services. I recently finished sewing my second quilt–a t-shirt memory quilt from all of my High Point Camp t-shirts.  This time, I took step-by-step pictures to show others how simple this daunting project can be.

Supplies:

  • old t-shirts
  • fusible interfacing
  • material
  • quilt batting
  • scissors
  • pins
  • coordinating thread

Directions:

1. To begin, select which shirts you would like to use to make the front of the quilt.  Sketch a layout for your quilt and decide how large your quilt will be.

Because I had 3 columns of shirts and each shirt was a 12 by 12 square, I knew that my quilt would be at least 1 yard wide with no borders.  I added a 1-inch border between each set of shirts, making the face of the quilt 38-inches across.  Additionally, I estimated the length of the quilt to be 47-inches.

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2. Select fabric to make borders between each of your shirt squares.  Measure the fabric to be the desired width and length, and mark it with chalk.

In order to make 1-inch borders, I cut the material 2-inches wide, allowing for 1/2-inch seams.  Because my shirt squares were going to be 12-inches, I cut the border material 13-inches long.  I also cut two longer strips to go between the three shirt columns. 

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3. Cut the material according to your measurements.

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4. Measure, mark, and cut interfacing to be ironed onto shirts.

I purchased a 13×13-inch square of plexiglass at a home improvement store.  I placed this square on the interfacing and traced around it to mark the size I needed.  Once again, I allowed for 1/2-inch seams.

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5. Turn shirts inside-out.  Following the package instructions, iron the interfacing onto the inside of the shirt.

The plexiglass can also be used to ensure that the shirt’s image will fit in your selected square.

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6.  Cut along the edge of the interfacing to separate your shirt square from the rest of the shirt.

A rotary cutter is ideal for this step.  However, mine was too dull and tore the shirt instead of cutting it neatly.

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7. Once all the square are cut, lay the border pieces and shirt pieces out in a grid to make sure that everything is cut correctly.

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8. Pin together strips and shirts to make vertical columns.

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In my case, I made three vertical columns.

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9. Using the pins as guides, sew the border pieces and shirt squares together.

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10.  Iron the seams flat.

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11. Repeat steps nine and ten to connect all shirt squares and borders.

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12.  Once the front of your quilt is sewn together, it is time to put all three layers together.  Lay a large piece of material face-down on the floor.  This will become the back of your quilt.

I used a flat sheet and cut off the hems.

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13.  On top of the bottom material, lay the quilt batting (cut to size) and the top portion of your quilt.

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14. Use spray adhesive to secure the batting to the bottom.  Repeat to attach the top to the batting.

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15.  “Stitch in the ditch” to quilt all three layers together.

16. Fold the back of the quilt over to make a hem.  Pin and sew.

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17.  Enjoy using your new quilt!

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What was your favorite summer activity as a teenager?

What sentimental items do you want to recycle/re-purpose?

Upcycled Earings

Upcycled Earings

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I will be the first to tell you that I am frugal.  I make no qualms about it.  That is why I could not pass up this pair of $1 earrings.  When I bought them, they were simple gold medallions.  After a few years of wear, the edges began to turn green, and children at the daycare began asking me if the earrings changed color in the sun.  I decided it was time to either retire the earrings or recycle them in some way.

With a simple coat of paint, I gave these earrings a second life.

 

Up-cycled Earrings:

Supplies:

  • old earrings
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush

Directions:

  • Use the paintbrush to coat the front of the earrings with a layer of paint.  Let dry.
  • Paint the back of the earrings.  Let dry.
  • Repeat steps one and two a couple times so that there are multiple layers of paint.
  • Wear your “new” earrings.
DIY Hair Bow Clips

DIY Hair Bow Clips

bowI make the same mistake every Christmas.  As soon as I am done opening presents, I head upstairs to my bedroom with the goal of finding a home for my new acquisitions.  Within minutes, I have a pile of “old stuff” ready to be donated to the nearest thrift shop in order to make room for my new gifts.  One girl can only own so much, you know…

This year, my creative grandma made me a zippered pillow that houses a throw blanket (that’s a really bad explanation.  It’s sort of like a quillow, but it is two separate pieces).  Because she knows that I love to craft, she gave me the leftover material for my own sewing enjoyment.  Suddenly, I had to use all of my old scrap material to make room for my new material.  I was an overjoyed, harried seamstress.

Thank goodness for Google and Pinterest.  Before long, the glue gun was plugged into the wall, and scissors were hacking the material into hastily measured pieces.  Inspired by this tutorial for making bows, I formed my own process for making cute hair accessories.  After successfully making a few bows, I photographed my personal process to share with others.

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Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hair clip

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of material.  One should measure 5 x 6 inches.  The other should be approximately 2 x 6 inches.  bow1bow2
  • Slightly fold the edges of the larger piece over, and use hot glue to secure them.bow3bow4
  • Determine how large you want your bow to be.  Pinch the fabric together to get a visual of how large it currently is.  If it is too large, fold the shorter edges slightly in towards the center and secure them with a small dot of glue.bow5
  • Squeeze a dot of glue onto the center of your fabric.  Fold the long edges over to meet on the dot of glue.  Let dry.

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  • Fold the long sides of the small piece of fabric in and secure with glue.

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  • Squeeze a drop of glue onto the center of the back of your bow.  Place one end of the smaller fabric strip on this glue dot.

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  • Tightly wrap the strip around the bow and secure in the back with glue.  Trim remaining material.
  • Glue the hair clip to the back of the bow.

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  • Once all the glue has dried, flip your bow over.  Your bow is now ready to be worn!

bow10I hope you enjoy this project!  Show me photos of the finished product 🙂

DIY Personalized Sneakers

DIY Personalized Sneakers

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Like my shoes? Yeah, I do too!  As you know, I am all about frugality, DIY crafts, and unique style, so these shoes were a perfect project! Here’s what you need:

Materials:

  • Light-colored canvas shoes (I purchased these for $5 at Walmart)
  • A pencil
  • Permanent markers (fabric markers would probably be better, but I just used what I had on hand)

Directions:

  • Using the pencil, sketch a desired design onto your shoes.
  • Trace over the design with the markers.  Beware, the markers will probably run a bit, so do not put different aspects of your design too close together.
  • Wear your masterpieces.

Yes! It really is that easy!