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 –  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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