March 01, 2011

Petal Tee for Spring

I think I am more anxious for spring to come than I have ever been.  I even decided it was time to work on some spring clothing.  Here's a t-shirt I just made for spring.  I call it the "petal tee."  It was fun and easy to create.



I bought a plain t-shirt and then got out my Tulip fabric paints.  I didn't have purple, so I used red, blue, and white to get the colors I wanted.  I used my Tulip fabric paint brushes.  I also used some lavender-colored organza, but we'll get to that later.  I put freezer paper between the front and back of the shirt so the paint wouldn't bleed through.


I started by mixing my paints to get lavender.  Then I brushed it onto the shirt in a random pattern.  I made the shapes like petals, but I didn't worry about them looking a certain way.  They were all different shapes and sizes.


Then I kept mixing paint, creating different shades and adding more petals to the shirt.


Lastly, I took my darkest shade of purple and added some water to it.  I painted more petals and those petals looked more like watercolor.


See?  They are much more faint, but they give the shirt some dimension.


Once everything was dry and I had heat set the paint with an iron I cut out little petal shapes from my organza fabric.  These petals must be sealed so they don't fray.  All you have to do is hold them close to a flame and the edges will melt a bit.  Rotate the petals until the entire circumference has been melted.  (You could also use a knit fabric, which doesn't fray so you wouldn't have to worry about it.  I wanted something more light and airy so I chose the organza.)

Then  I sewed them onto the shirt, layering them over the painted petals.  (If you don't have a sewing machine you could sew them on by hand.  There weren't that many to sew - probably 10-15 petals.)


And now I have a new t-shirt for spring. 

Now all I need is some warm weather......well, that and a tan :)
Thanks for reading!


36 comments:

  1. Very, very nice idea!
    Love, Lisa

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  2. l.o.v.e.

    I ::heart:: your creative ideas. We have spring down here in SE Texas if you want to come for a visit.

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  3. super cute girl! I love it.
    I may do this using the easy way out with dollar store petals ;)

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  4. Happy March! Spring is coming I can feel it! Love this shirt super cute.

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  5. So cute....love that is simple and fun. And I think we all ready for spring to come!!

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  6. LOVE this! I think the whole blogoverse is starting to catch Spring Fever in a MAJOR way...Lord knows I have had it since January :)

    Awesome shirt!

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  7. Now THAT is some sewing I can handle! I love it. I still need to make that paisley stamped shirt you demonstrated a while back. Dang my procrastination!

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  8. Fabulous! And you don't need a tan, your skin is gorgeous!

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  9. incredible. I have been great and you do look so easy. HAPPY SPRING beautiful

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  10. Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh! Love, love, love, love, love!

    Felicity, at {Simple Elegance}

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  11. LOVE YOUR IDEA!! I have a red tee that I wanted to embellish and this I think is it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  12. Love it!!!! You are soooo darn creative!! Brooke
    brookedouglass@yahoo.com
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

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  13. Super cute. It looks great on you

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  14. So are you able to just use the dimentional paint with a brush and it's not the "puff" paint? It works like fabric paint?

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  15. Hello. Acho que você é mormon.... Eu também sou. I'm from Brazil (São Paulo). Amo seu blog. Visite meu blog www.artesdapatty.blogspot.com

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  16. Very nice!

    I have been meaning to post to you a dress made from a few tees. Simple and fun. Thanks for the idea.

    http://kiddosandcrafts.blogspot.com/

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing so many ideas with the world!

    Ann

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  17. this is really cute! i like how you painted some on and sewed others on top. love it!

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  18. i love! especially since its purple and anything purple just gets my attention!

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  19. This kinda looks like the shirt I was looking at at the JCrew website yesterday! Nice work! :)

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  20. I love the t-shirt idea. Thanks! I also love your necklace -- where is the necklace from?

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  21. Love it. Super cute.

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  22. love this cheri! beautiful job as always. :)

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  23. How pretty! You have one very creative brain miss!

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  24. Shawn-

    Yes, you CAN use the dimensional paint with a brush like regular paint. I like to actually. It seems to require less coats.

    Cheri

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  25. That is really cute. I have plenty of plain t-shirts to play with too. Thank you for the ideas!

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  26. Super duper cute!
    Biz

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  27. This looks really fun! I am going to try to find time to make a spring version of your great autumn belt. I talked about it on my little blog. www.faithlovefat.blogspot.com Thanks so much for your inspiration!

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  28. I'm super obsessed with that fabric paint right now. Like, it's not healthy.

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  29. So cute. What a inexpensive way to get a new fresh shirt.

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  30. I'm visiting from Tatertos and Jello, your "T" idea is great. Also love that you chose purples, it makes it seem so peaceful. Also love your blog header.
    Have a Great Night :)

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  31. THis is adorable! Love how it turned out!!!

    PS: Today is the last day to enter my first ever giveaway on my blog, and I'd love if you'd stop by and enter! Check it out: http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-giveaway-and-introducing-your.html

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  32. Awesome! I have a shirt that I splashed some oil on from messy cooking...Now I have a way to disguise that mess!

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