June 15, 2010

Cycling Tee for Him

Before we get rolling today, I wanted to make a confession.  I entered the audition round of "So You Think You're Crafty."  Yeah.  I'm wild and crazy like that.  If you haven't visited the SYTYC blog before, it's a fun, friendly competition and this is Season 4.  Anyhow, while the competition requires the projects to be submitted anonymously, I would still love it if you'd hop on over and visit.  Vote for whatever project inspires you.

Today I'm going to show you the shirt I made my hubby for Father's Day.  It says "I heart RBX" which means Pari Roubaix (a really old, famous bike race).  While you might not having a cycling fan in your life, you can use these concepts to make a rockin rugged tee for anyone.

Here's what I did.  I printed off some letters the size and font I wanted.

Then, I traced them onto the heat 'n bond.  (Remember to trace them backwards.)

I ironed the letters onto the fabric and then cut out the letters.  I cut the fabric out a bit bigger than the adhesive part, so that it would be loose and messier on the edges.  I also cut off random parts of the letters so that it would look kind of rugged.

I ironed on the letters and then flossed around the edges.  Then I handpainted some bikes onto the heart in a messy way.  (Okay, yes I realize that's about the 50th time I've used the word "messy" in this tutorial.  I'm going to try to stop.  Really.)  Then I dry-brushed around some of the edges to make the letters pop.  In hindsight, I might have used a different color fabric for the lettering to showcase the texture a bit more.

He likes it!  Don't worry that his face isn't showing it.  He thought that if he made a crusty face that I wouldn't show him on the blog.  Oh, so wrong.

I caught him once without the crusty.  Ha!  I showed him.

Thanks for coming over.  Now, if you don't mind....will you head over to SYTYC to vote?  I'm kind of hoping I don't get kicked off in round one, ya know?  Thank you. thank you!


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