March 17, 2010

Born to Ride

Yes, I've made another boy shirt.  AND I used the bleach pen again.  AND I did the freezer stenciling.  AND the floss.  BUT I found something else to add for fun.  Washers! 

I used them to look like bike wheels.  My husband is really into cycling.  In fact, he's going to be racing this year.  I figured he might like to see his little guy cheering on the sidelines wearing this.....


Here's the process I went through.

1) Find a blank tee.  Put your paper between the layers so nothing leaks through.


2) I made a circle for the bike to sit in, which doubles as the letter "o" in "born."  It's just regular paper set on the shirt.  It's just a guideline to use while bleaching.


3) Add your bleach design.  Remember that your lines will get a little thicker than you drew them as it soaks in.  Click HERE for my in-depth video tutorial on the bleach pen.

4) Create your freezer paper stencil.  I printed off the words using a font I liked.  If you are new to freezer stenciling, click HERE to watch my detailed how-to video.


5) Paint your shirt.


6) After the paint dries and you've removed the stencil, sew on the washers.

7) Add floss embellishments is desired.

You can use the washer idea in a lot of different ways.  They could be bullet holes, robot parts (I think I'll try that one next), the letter "o," or who knows what.  Take a stroll through the parts aisle at Home Depot and find some other cool pieces.  I love finding a way to use a normal item in an abnormal way.


Here's the shoulder floss stitching along with a nice chunk of something in Rex's teeth.  Hmmmm...I don't remember what we ate for lunch.


Oh, and I used the other part of the stencil on the back of the shirt to create another little bike.  I just used a paper towel to blot the paint on in a messy way.


....and we're ready for the races!

If you have questions, it's easiest to e-mail me rather than leave a comment.  If you leave a comment, I don't have a way to reply to you if it's not linked to your blog or e-mail address.  (Allison - I need your e-mail address to answer you about the bleach pen stuff!)  My email address is on the sidebar under my description.  Thanks!

23 comments:

  1. Such a fun shirt and it really is cheaper and more fun to buy a plan shirt and spice it up yourself! I really need to get a pack of plain tees so I can get to work! ;)

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  2. I love it! I am enjoying how you use a combination of techniques to make your shirts. It really makes them look so professional.

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  3. Too cute!!!! What a fun shirt for your little guy.

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  4. AWESOME! Great job!

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  5. i need to try this one! Just change it up a bit and use a motorcycle instead. Thanks again for another great boy idea!

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  6. The washers were a great idea. Your shirts look very professional. Perhaps you've found your new calling. By the way did you actually put the paper through the printer? I have thought of doing that myself.

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  7. I love the shirt. Cute idea. Jeff will win for sure now.

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  8. Oh how I wish I would have had this idea about 6 years ago when we were cheering for daddy at his races! Have fun at the races... everyone will love the shirt :)

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  9. That is adorable! Do you sell these? I'd like a tractor one!

    I'm going to follow!

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  10. I love this shirt...it is awesome!!! I am amazed at all the cool techniques you used for it. I'm going to feature this on my sidebar!

    Lynette
    getyourcrafton.blogspot.com

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  11. Too cool. Sewing for boys often looks so feminine. Way to go!

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  12. Genius idea! I love this. My 4 year old loves to ride his bike. I think it would be perfect. Can't wait to try it!

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  13. I did my first feature on my blog and you are it! Check it out! http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2010/03/born-to-ride.html And really, thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. So cute! I cannot believe how big and handsome Rex is getting! Give that boy a love for me!

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  15. Hi, I don't know if you will get through all your wonderful comments to mine but I absolutely LOVE your blog and want to do so many of the fun projects...I am kinda new to the whole sewing,creation process and I wondered where you got the bike part of the stencil for your boy's shirt..I mean I know the font but how did you get the bike part and incorporate it into the word...Thanks for your time!! ;)

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  16. Absolutly LOVE it!! My friend and I made your shirts during our spring break craft extravaganza! I'll send you a link when I post pictures!

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  17. I love it! You did an incredible job. It's so creative. Thanks for inspiring us!

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  18. Such a cute idea. You did a great job on showing how to do this project and the pics are very good as well. Thank you for showing how to do this :)

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  19. So, so cool! I love it. About time to see some fashion tutorials for boys for a change.

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  20. OH MY GOODNESS! I am so, so happy to find t his. I have a little boy and feel like all the adorable stuff out there is usually for girls. Can I ask what kind of paint you used? It looks so nice and almost silkscreened! I can't wait to try this. You have a new follower!

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  21. WOW! You are a complete genius! I love this so much! My little Toby would be so psyched for a shirt like this :)

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  22. I finally got around to making one! Thanks for the idea! http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2010/04/born-to-ride.html

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