March 08, 2010

Tough Guy Tee

While you haven't seen much of him yet on this blog, this is my second boy - Baden.  He is a dream.  He's got me wrapped around his baby finger.  A few weeks ago he got his helmet.  Why?  His little head got really flat in the back and then that flat spot shifted to be off-centered.  At first I thought it would get better on its own, but it only became worse.  We had to take action.  He'll wear this for a few months and then hopefully he won't have to be known as that-kid-with-the-weird-shaped-head all his life.

Anyhow, I got to pick what the outside of the helmet would look like.  I wanted something that looked tough, so I picked this carbon print.  I think he looks absolutely adorable even with this contraption on.  It makes me want to dress him like a biker or a skater.


So, with all that extra information given, let me present the "Tough Guy Tee."  This shirt uses a bit of everything - bleach pen, freezer paper stencils, iron-on metal studs, and floss embellishment.


I had a lot of fun making this one.  It took some time, but each step was fairly quick and easy.  There's just some waiting involved.  Here we go:

1) Start with a plain t-shirt.  This one was $3.50 at Wal-mart.  I put some freezer paper in between the two layers, so nothing would leak.


2) Get out your bleach pen.  (Use a new one if yours is a few months old or more.)  Draw a random design.  You really can't go wrong here.  It's really just going to give the shirt interest.  It's not the main detail, so don't over think it.  The blech pen comes out as a gel, so this is what it will look like when you first finish the design.  Click HERE to watch my in-depth video tutorial on the bleach pen.  Rinse in the sink thoroughly and then throw it in the wash.


EXTRA INFO:  It's a Clorox bleach pen, made for removing stains.  It's near the detergent at Target or Wal-mart.
3) Create a freezer paper stencil.  For a detailed tutorial of freezer paper stenciling click HERE.  Here's my sketch and then a picture of me applying the paint.



4) Iron on metal studs.  I found these iron-ons in the craft section at Wal-mart.  I realize not every Wal-mart has a big craft section, but you could probably find something like this in any craft store.  Follow the directions on the package.


5)  Sew on some floss for extra detail.  I sewed around the sleeves.  I tried to get a close-up picture of the outside of the sleeve as well as what it looks like from the inside so you can figure out how to do this.  It doesn't need to be perfect.  I think it looks great messy.  (More floss ideas soon to come.)  It takes a while to do, but it's something you can do in front of the TV.  Not a lot of concentration involved.



6) Now you're done!  Find an adorable baby to out it on.  (I'm totally not biased.)


Now doesn't he look tough?  I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley. 

Thanks a ton for stopping by.  Let me know if you have questions.  E-mail me a pic if you try it.  Also, feel free to tell me what you'd like to see more of in future posts/tutorials.  Have a great day!

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.

56 comments:

Unknown said...

Very creative and tough love the idea, I might have to try one for my little guy!

Jamee said...

Amazing!!

the mama monster said...

thats very cute. it looks very nartjji-ish! cute little guy too.

Heather said...

SO cute! =D

Unknown said...

I like it! It looks so cute on him. Such a cute age.

Taylor Swim said...

I love the random pattern you did. You keep giving me great ideas. I ran out of time to do mine last week and I finally found some freezer paper. I'm glad I waited so I could see more good ideas before I get started. You rock!

Missie Krissie said...

So Cool! I'm making one for each of my boys! Can't wait to get started!

Elyse said...

I like this so much that I am making one for ME!

Darcy said...

I LOVE IT! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Emma Rae said...

My cousins son had to wear a helmet to. he had to get part of his skull removed, then continued treatment with the helmet. his head healed and now its as if nothing was wrong! keep faith and well keep you in our prayers.

Stacey said...

This is so cute! And, your pictures are great. What kind of camera do you have?

nicole said...

What a yummy boy! My little boy had the same head- little lopsided lovey. I love the T, especially those embroidery stitches around the sleeve!

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rach said...

I love the bleach pen idea. So Smart. Im going to try that out.

Brandy@YDK said...

great job. i love the design with the bleach pen. and the extra details of the studs and floss make it perfect. awesome.

Leonie said...

I love this tee and I love your blog - its great to see so many cool ideas for boys. I have two girls and one boy and he always misses out. Im going to give this a go.. just need to find the bleach pen here in Australia.

Kelli said...

Good choice in the helmet colour. He looks very tough! Although I think those eyes give away that he is a real cutie! Great shirt!
xxx

Jenn said...

What a clever idea! I've used freezer paper for stencils but NEVER thought to use a bleach pen to add depth to the design! Thanks for sharing.

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

wow! nice job! and are you serious? what rock have I been living under...I didn't even know that bleach pens existed! Oh the things I will be doing with that! thanks for sharing instructions with us...now off to find that pen!
:)
Shannon
www.cascobaysoap.blogspot.com

rocknrolla said...

My son also wore a starband helmet for 4 months....just a little flat spot we thought at first, but then after we started to really LOOK at it we knew we had to do something.

I had my moments of "I'm a bad mom," but that came and went fairly fast. Nate wore the helmet from August to December 2006, just a few days shy of his first bday, and although he didn't get a perfect head out of the deal it looks WAY better!

BTW, the best part about the helmet? He learned to walk with built-in cranial protection.

Also, we made some tshirts this weekend using Dana's tutorial....but I'm SO gonna spruce it up with your ideas. Thanks!!!

Unknown said...

LOVE this... I already have a few tshirts I was wanting to freezer stencil- I think I need to add 'bleach-penning' and some simple embroidery to the list as well... :)
if you're interested, we have a friday fun find party- we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

LN said...

It's beautifulll !! Great idea !!

Andrea @ The Train To Crazy said...

Another cute shirt!

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

loved this idea so much I already tried it, but have run into an issue. I made my design on the T with the bleach pen, but instead of it keeping the distinct lines I drew, it all bled together and after washing is just a big faded blob. I used the freezer paper between the layers and waited overnight for the bleach to set. Any ideas on what where I might have gone wrong? Did I let it set too long? Also, I didn't wash the T before trying to bleach it - could that be the problem?
Any input is appreciated!! Thanks for these and all you other amazing ideas and inspiration!

Sawdust Girl said...

What a great blog and cute idea. I am going to try the bleach pen to make a "good bye and thank you" t-shirt for a substitute who has been a long term sub in my daughter's class now in 3 different grades. This is the last time (5th grade now). I'm not sure what I'm going to do exactly but I love this idea. Thanks, and I can't wait to see what other creative ideas you send our way.

Heather Kelley said...

This is a fabulous project. Your little one has the perfect combination of "tough as nails" and "totally adorable" - good job, Mom!

Tiffany said...

Can't even wait to try the floss trick, aw man, good stuff. And u picked an AWESOME pattern for the helmet.

lizad81 said...

We live in Maine and I tend to think that the medical community is a bit behind up here...my daughter's head is very lopsided...I mentioned it to two different pediatricians and they both said that no one has a perfectly round head....we wish that we would have done something but again when I mentioned the helmet the pediatrician said that he had never heard of such a thing! She is 16 months now so its too late but she'll just have to have long hair and thankfully its curly too!

Kat said...

Oh my, hes the cutest thing Ive seen in a while!!! Great ideas, thanks so much!!! :)

V and Co. said...

BRILLIANT!!!!!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Cool technique, and very cute boy! :)

valentinegirl said...

Love your techniques and tutorials. You will be so glad you did the helmut....my friend never really thought to do it and her son's head has become VERY lopsided and misshapen. I think for a boy it will help a lot also to have a better shaped head for short hair and to fit into helmuts for athletics and such. Good for you! Love your blog!

Alex said...

I just recently got an idea to try a tshirt with some type of "white out" or bleach effect but still brainstorming over the best way to do it.

I think I'll try the bleach pen! Thanks!

Kristina Marie said...

Hi there! I came across your blog from the UCreate blog and will definitely be following! Your little guy is adorable! My son, who is now two, had a helmet for several months to fix plagiocephaly on the side of his head. He wore the helmet for maybe four months? and his head is beautifully round now! :)

Good luck with your little guy and his helmet!

Sonya said...

such a great idea for a shirt. My daughter had a flat spot on the right side of her head. We chose not to do the helmet because the doctor didn't give us much to go on. We instead did physcial therapy among a few other things and it worked! How is the little guy doing with his helmet now?

Unknown said...

Great post. I'm going to try to make some shirts for 2 sets of twins to wear for the March of Dimes walk next weekend!!!

Angela Flicker: The Art of Making a House a Home in Utah said...

I love your idea. This turned out so cute! And the green stitching adds just the right touch :)

We've been busting up our stash like crazy and are really enjoying it too. http://theartistshouse.blogspot.com/2010/04/repurpose-your-scrap-wood-into-great.html
http://theartistshouse.blogspot.com/2010/04/turning-old-skirt-into-reversible-bag.html

Leah said...

Love the idea, thanks so much for sharing! My son also wore a helmet for about 7 months, his head is perfect now It was worth every penny!

Tara said...

LOVE your lil DOC Band baby. Both of my girls had to wear them. We didnt have the option of having them pre-decorated, his was adorable! HUgs, Tara

Aurora said...

Thanks so much for posting! I have found TONS of refahsioning ideas for my daghter but NOTHING for my son! I can't wait to stock up on tees and mae him a bunch of cute, I mean, tough stuff! Thanks!

Swedie said...

No, he doesn't look tough - he looks totally cute!!

sjones said...

OK I am doing something wrong! My bleach marks where I have used the pen comes out huge!! Like 1/2" wide! How do you get the bleach to not bleed so much? I am barley squeezing it but it still seems to ooze after I let it sit for awhile... HELP!!!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

That is brilliant! I am making one for me!

Sarah said...

He is sooo cute!!! Ummm I mean scary! I never thought of a bleach pen!! I am going to the store to get 50 of them now!love it!!

SaraKate said...

I did this last night on two t-shirts and noticed a HUGE difference based on the weight of the fabric - the thinner the fabric, the more it will bleed! At least that was the only difference I could tell!

A "regular" weight t-shirt should work just like the tutorial, but my daughter's thinner t-shirt bled a ton (but still looked cool because I used bigger shapes).

LOVE this idea!

Leslie said...

I don't know what's tougher - the hard core helmet or the sweet green paci with butterflies! :) This shirt is truly ingenious. I would have never thought of using a bleach pen to stain a shirt! And the embroidery stitching at the bottom (as well as the studs) are just the icing on the cake.

That is one cool kid.

enim sou said...

Hello roaring mommy!

Your blog is so much inspiring and I love your idea to make a t-shirt special to somebody - the design also looks very professional.
Thank you for sharing all your great ideas.

nima noema

Allyson C. said...

LOVE this! my little guy gets his helmet on tuesday. =) they didn't offer me any cool prints like this, so you'd better believe i just put a call into the doctor's office to see if they have any options like this!!

thanks for the inspirations - tough little guys UNITE! =)

allyson
www.blinkphotoblog.com

deb said...

He is a cutie. My twins wore the helmets too and they're now 2 1/2 and you'd never know how misshapen their heads were. I was amazed. Adorable tees too!

Jami said...

Oh my gosh! This is such a cute idea!!! We just had our little boy 3 months ago and I've been looking everywhere for crafty ideas for little boys... it seems to me there are tons for little girls... anyways thanks so much for sharing! He looks WAY tough indeed :D

Cheryl Scott said...

He is just the cutest thing!! My little boy had what we called the "flat head" thing going on for a few months when he was a baby & we even talked about doing the helmet but it ended up popping out so to speak on its on. Helmet or not, that chunky monkey is adorable!!

Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Caitlin said...

I stumbled across your blog while looking for cool hats for boys. Then I saw the pic of your little man. Our little guy is getting fitted for his helmet in a couple of weeks. Hoping it works to push his ear back where it belongs and round out his flat spot. Anyway, I LOVE this T-shirt! Do you sell these at all? I'd LOVE to by one for my little guy and maybe even his big brother.

Coley said...

He's adorable!! (The shirt is adorable too!) My little guy (who is 14 now and not so little) used to have to wear a helmet too. He's got a perfect head now and you'd never know it!

AmberFaith said...

Wow! You are amaaaaazing! I love the crafty stuff you do, especially with clothing! I've just been told my clothing budget has been slashed, so I'm looking for ways to make what we have stretch further. My oldest daughter and I will have a blast doing some of this stuff! Thank you for sharing your great ideas! Your boys are adorable, BTW! LOVE the helmet.

bizzybeemom said...

OMgoodness - what a cute little boy! I love this tee! I've been addicted to freezer paper stencils lately and my kids (including the boys-8 and 4) love when I make them a new tee. So rewarding. :o) I'm attempting my first bleached stencil - My 4 year old asked for Chewbacca! We'll see if we can accomplish it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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