February 19, 2010

Hurley-Inspired Hoodie

I love all the Hurley, Quiksilver, and Volcom clothes.  They are so cool, but the price tages aren't.  So, what's a girl to do?  Make your own.  Here's how I made this one.

1) Buy a cheap plain sweatshirt.  This one was $6 at Target.

2) Pick a word you want on the front and find a font you like on your computer.  Print out the word the size you want it to be and cut out the letters.

3) Tape the letters to your shirt how you want them to appear.  (Use tape loops so the tape doesn't hang over the edge.)

4) Buy a Clorox bleach pen (I recommend a new one) and make some designs around your letters.  Remove letters when done.  Click HERE to see my in-depth video tutorial on the bleach pen.
5) Let the shirt sit for a while, so the bleach can really do it's magic.  Then wash your shirt.

6) I chose to cut out one letter from some knit fabric I had and I sewed it on to add interest.  This is clearly optional....as is making the sweatshirt in the first place.

7) Have your boy strut his stuff in his new, original masterpiece.  Smile everytime you see him wear it.
                        
Here's the letter "e" I added.
Here's a close-up of the stitch-mark design.  I took it all around the hood.
Feel free to comment with any questions you might have if you want to take on the project.  The options are pretty endless with this project.  Here are a couple sidenotes and extra tips:

- The bleach pen comes out as a gel.  You won't see the fabric change color immediately and the gel will spread a little as it soaks in.

- Be sure to use a new pen.  An old one might not bleach your fabric and you will have wasted a lot of time.

- If you choose to add a letter or sew something on you can use "Heat 'n bond" to make it easier.  I didn't but it's a nifty product to help you, so the fabric doesn't shift around as you sew it.

- Put some cardboard under the layer of fabric you are working on so you don't bleach through multiple layers.
Good luck!

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment/craft fail/bleach project for the chance to win prizes from Tatertots & Jello and Clorox. You can find out more information about this campaign –  www.BleachItAway.com.  If you share YOUR messy moment story, you can enter to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can get a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.

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