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:

Lisa said...

Very, very nice idea!
Love, Lisa

Shannon Hazleton said...

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.

Unknown said...

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

Sweeter Hours said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

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!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

WOOT WOO!! (hotness)

Rebecca said...

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!

Trina said...

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

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

Cute Cheri!

Clamaresa said...

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

F e l i c i t y said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh! Love, love, love, love, love!

Felicity, at {Simple Elegance}

bits of moxy said...

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.

Brooke Douglass said...

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

Ruth @ Hammer and Thread said...

Super cute. It looks great on you

Shawn said...

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?

Unknown said...

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Ann said...

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

madison avenue said...

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

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

how cute is that!

Wenqi said...

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

Janelle said...

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

L Schelvan said...

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

Amy said...

Love it. Super cute.

Anna said...

love this cheri! beautiful job as always. :)

Delia said...

How pretty! You have one very creative brain miss!

iammommahearmeroar said...

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

Brenda S. said...

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

Biz said...

Super duper cute!
Biz

Mae said...

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!

Lauren @ Love, Water and Wine said...

How cute!

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

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

ArtfullyJune said...

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

Dawn said...

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 :)

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

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

Unknown said...

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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