If you were on my instagram yesterday, you saw pictures of two very different looking DIY T-Shirt projects. I was determined to come up with a much more cost friendly, yet equally adorable version of Asos’ Lulu & Co. Holy Chic T-Shirt (who pays $231.37, to be exact, for a t-shirt?? I dunno. If I ever become that rich, someone please slap me if I start dropping that kind of money on a t-shirt. Notice, I said “t-shirt”).
The first version was very simple to make (iron on letters, fabric glue and black loose glitter), the second one took a little more effort…but the end product is 100 times cuter!!!!
Since I liked the finished project for #2 sooooooooo much (AKA/not embarrassed that it would end up on PinterestFail.com), I decided to share…in case someone had the DIY bug too.
Here goes: (This is nerve racking, people. My first DIY blog!!!!)
The first thing was returning to Target for another XL heather gray T-Shirt ($9). I purposely chose a size that would slouch and fit too big. I love the oversized, off the shoulder, not trying too hard look of ill fitting shirts.
For my lettering I chose ARIAL BLACK in a font size of 200, which you can kind of see in the picture below. (forgot to snap a photo of both sheets of paper before starting to cut. sorry)
I used this cool little ruler thingie and a (I used a purple Crayola) coloring pencil to draw a straight, centered line, dark enough to guide the letters, but light enough to become unnoticeable after the project was complete.
The letters must then be cut out and placed on the guide lines. Secure with pins. This is important to ensure no moving around during the next step: Tracing the outlines onto the fabric.
When tracing and filling in the letters BE CAREFUL the ink doesn’t bleed thru to the other side of the shirt (it’s pretty thin material). I used an empty pillow case in between to protect it.
I must be a HUGE Crayola fan, because these steps were completed with the use of Gray Crayola child’s marker =)
Now, the fun part starts. Found this adorable iridescent sequined trim at Jo-Ann’s. It was $1.79 per/yard. I bought five yards, just to be sure.
Using fabric glue ($4.49 at Jo-Ann’s) and perfectly sized/cut pieces of the sequined trim, I began to cover the letters. Towards the end I was tired of TRYING to get the strands perfect, so I cut enough to cover the letter and made sure to come back later to trim the excess off.
Time to trim those extra long pieces.
Almost done. Now to clean up edges using a pair of pointy scissors and some tweezers. The tweezers prove to be invaluable when trying to manipulate a stray piece of thread or a stubborn sequin.
This is where you have to hand-glue individual sequins to even out holes or assymetrical seams (PAYDAY for those whose OCD was out of control —> ME!).
Time for those tweezers again. Use your pair to pick up individual sequins, dip one side in the glue (which is what you are supposed to be looking at on that small piece of paper) and place where needed.
If you have any questions, or any suggestions of another DIY, please drop me a line =)