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Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial

Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial

Today’s Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial is a fun way to Celebrate Flag Day by making a A Flag t-shirt. You can follow the sewing tutorial below or use hot glue or fusible webbing to apply the design. Sewing is the most durable and detailed way to apply the Rick Rack and fabric. Continue reading

Shredded Heart T-Shirt Upcycle Tutorial From H&P Artistry

Shredded Heart T-Shirt Upcycle Tutorial

Shredded Heart T-Shirt Upcycle Tutorial

Here is the Shredded Heart T-Shirt Upcycle Tutorial. This is the Kiddo’s Birthday month and so far all of my original plans have flown out the window. She decided she wanted cool stuff and no party. So far I made PJ’s and she took them before I could even finish them much less wrap them. As I said in the last post when she wanted to work with me on the t-shirts and I was stoked. She took the shirts right then as well.

This is her favorite shirt and the fun way we made it wearable a little longer.

Check out the funky cool t-shirt upcycle - Shredded heart-from www.HandPArtistry.com

Materials:

t-shirt

chalk

scissors

Cardboard if you want a barrier between the shirt sides.

 

Step 1

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Fold in half and draw a line up the center line of the back of the shirt.

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Step 2

Draw Heart

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I used my hand to roughly measure each heart. You could print out a template if you wanted. You could also use any shape the Kiddo just wanted a heart.

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Step 3

Insert cardboard

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The cardboard gives you a barrier between the two sides of the t-shirt. Once you start cutting it is very easy to accidentally cut through to the other side if you don’t have something blocking the scissors.

Step 4

Cut the strips

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You can draw lines and follow them but it is not necessary. Just remember to leave the center line uncut. (you can cut straight through but you will not keep the heart shape. Angel wings would look awesome.)

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Check out the funky cool t-shirt upcycle - Shredded heart-from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 5

(You can remove the cardboard at this point.)

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Stretch each strip of fabric. This will distress the strips and cause them to curl in. This will happen naturally after washing. If you are worried about the cuts edge points you can use clear polish to seal them. I don’t like that look so I left it all raw.

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Ready to go! My only advice is to wear a fun color band or tank under the top to set it off.

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Front

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Shredded T-shirt back

Here is a quick guide for shredding a T-shirt.

Shredded Heart T-Shirt Upcycle Tutorial From H&P Artistry

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T-shirt to Razor Back Tutorial from H&P Artistry

T-shirt to Razor Back Tutorial

The Kiddo is growing way to fast. She had 4 growth spurts in the last 6 months. Seriously 4! When you add the fact that she had a birthday last month, finding clothing options we both approve is not easy. I have a hard time giving away clothes that I just got yesterday because they do not fit.

For that reason, when the Kiddo brought me this request, I jumped on it. The conversation was something like this:

Kiddo: “Mom I found a way to keep you from spending more money on my clothes.

Me: OK, let’s do it.

She then described what she wanted and volunteered her favorite t-shirt. (she meant business)  She then volunteered to take the pics. (She really wants this shirt) WOW!

Here is the Razor Back T Tutorial

Materials:

Old t-shirt

Chalk (a marker works in a pinch)

Scissors

Cording, ribbon or wire

Cardboard or paper (used to stop cutting through both sides of the t-shirt)

Step 1

Layout the t-shirt and smooth. You can Iron but it is not necessary.

Draw the Razor Back design.

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I free-handed the design but I wish I had used a razor back tank as a template. It really didn’t matter but I think the cuts would be smoother.

Step 2

Trim the sleeves off under the seam line. You can cut the sleeves in to strips and use them as pony tail holders.

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Step 3

Insert cardboard and cut along the chalk lines. (I use an old pizza box lid wrapped in foil. (It is wrapped in foil because I also used it for the bleach t-shirts.)

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Check out the funky cool t-shirt upcycle - Razor Back-from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 4

This t-shirt was rather long so I cut the bottom 7 inches. Check the t-shirt on the person to see where (how many inches) to cut it off. Then trim any pieces of fabric that are not smooth or even.

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Check out the funky cool t-shirt upcycle - Razor Back-from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 5

Stretch the cut edges by pulling along the length of the cut edges. This causes the fabric to curl in on its self and keeps you from having to sew anything. The edges look like they hem themselves as long as you cut an even/smooth line. If you have any uneven pieces the curl is not as pretty or even.

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Step 6

Cording.

You could just wear the t-shirt as is, but to add a little detail and structure to the t-shirt I wrapped cording around the back.

Be sure to knot the top and bottom of the wrap well. I knotted the wrap at the beginning, once in the middle and twice in the end to make sire it all stays in place.

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Decide where to start cording.

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knot and wrap cording

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knot cording

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trim excess cording

You can make the cording wrap as little or as much as you want. I choose to only wrap about an inch to inch and a half because that is all the Kiddo wanted. (I would have added more.) You could also braid multiple colors of cording around the back. Whatever you want works its your shirt.

 

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Shirt front

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T-shirt back with cording and fabric stretch.

Just remember that you have to wear a band or layer a tank under the top because it is airy and open.

T-shirt to Razor Back Tutorial from H&P Artistry

T-shirt to Razor Back Tutorial from H&P Artistry

 

 

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Bandana Top Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Bandana Top Tutorial

Bandana Top Tutorial

A friend has asked for a bandana top forever and I finally had the chance to make it. I happened to have these two bandanas and thought the combination would be fun. Luckily she liked the idea too and now I get to share it with you.

I am sorry about some of the pictures. I’m not sure what went wrong but a few turned out a little blurry. I promise I’m working on it.

Materials:

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

2 bandanas
Ribbon – the final length after cutting is 46″
Basic sewing supplies.

Step 1
I marked 4″ in and 8″ down. This will depend on the size of the person wearing the top. I found the measurements by measuring the length from collar-bone to under arm 8″ and divided by 2 for the top measurement.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Once I drew the line I decided to add an inch making it 5″ and 9″. I wanted to be sure there would be enough space under the arm.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 2
Cut both bandanas with the same measurements.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 3
Find the center point on the back bandana and cut 5″ to 10″ Down from the top. I choose 6″ because I liked the look of a smaller opening.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 4
Iron
I used the ribbon to decide where to fold the top seam down. You want to make sure that the ribbon will thread through easily once sewn.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

When Ironing the sides I folded the fabric under twice to have a clean edge once sewn.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 5
Sew all the edges down. I used a hem zigzag stitch because I liked the pattern and it helped the edges to lay flat.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 6
Line up the sides. I did not pin but you can if you want.

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Step 7
Sew the sides. I used the same stitch as the edges and then a straight stitch to add strength to the seams.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 8
Thread the ribbon starting in the center back.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Step 9
Trim and seal the edges of the ribbon. To seal the edges and prevent fraying run the edges through a flame. Check out the pacifier clip tutorial for photos of sealing ribbon.
Tie your bow and you are done.

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Super fun and cute Bandana top tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

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Ruffled Tank Top Dress DIY tutorial from H&P Artistry

Ruffled Tank Top Dress DIY

Ruffled Tank Top Dress DIY

I made the kiddo a Ruffled tank top dress for St. Patty’s Day and thought you guys might like it as well. It took all of 30 minutes including taking pictures.
Materials:

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Tank Top – Be sure the tank is long enough to make a dress.
2 cuts of fabric 1/4 yard each. Do not use fat quarters unless you want to do a lot more cutting and stitching.
Basic sewing supplies

Step 1

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Measure 5″ up from the bottom of the tank and mark with a chalk marker.

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Then mark 2.5″ down from the top mark.

Step 2

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Cut the fabric strips. I squared up the fabric and cut down the center of each to create two 45″ x 4.5″ or 5″ depending on how much you cut off to square the sides.

Step 3

Ruffle the fabric using a ruffler foot or hand ruffling. To see hand ruffling check out this ruffle tutorial .

Step 4

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Cool and easy to sew Tank dress for St. Patty's Day from www.HandPArtistry.com

Stitch the strips together at each end creating a circle. I used a straight stitch then a 3 point zig zag.

Step 5

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Pin the ruffle in place matching up the side seams and stretching out the tank as you go. for more detailed instructions on pinning to elastic (the tank stretches like elastic) click here.

Step 6

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Cool and easy to sew Tank dress for St. Patty's Day from www.HandPArtistry.com

Stitch in place stretching the tank as you go.

Step 7

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Follow the same steps with the top ruffle.

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Step 8

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Trim the edges of the ruffles with pinking shears. The fabric does not fray as easily with pinking shears and it keeps you from having to hem the ruffles.

You are done!!!!

Cool and easy to sew Tank dress for St. Patty's Day from www.HandPArtistry.com

Cool and easy to sew Tank dress for St. Patty's Day from www.HandPArtistry.com

The beauty of this dress is that you can add as many ruffles as you want and make the dress as long as you want.

The Kiddo loves it…. YAY!!!!!!

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St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Tutorial from H&P Artistry

St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt Tutorial

St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt Tutorial

I had a lot of fun working on this project and there are so many ways to mix and match designs and colors to fit any holiday.
The Kiddo has to have a green shirt for St. Patrick’s Day at school so I decided this one would work. I got lucky and Hobby Lobby had a sale on their t-shirts and I got the two for $2.50 each. A tank top would work for the undershirt as well. This project is a great way to upcycle your old t- shirt.

Materials:

Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

2 cotton t-shirts of different colors
Ruler
Scissors
Template – I printed a shamrock design
Sewing machine and basic supplies

Step 1

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Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Be sure to wash and dry the t-shirts before sewing. Tuck one shirt into the other and smooth out the creases.

Step 2

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Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Decide where you want to have the design. My design template was too small so I free-handed the design using the printout as a reference guide.

Step 3

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Pin around the design through both top layers of the t-shirts.

Step 4

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Slowly stitch the outline on your machine keeping the layers pinned and flat.

Step 5

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Draw lines through the design, mine is an inch apart.

Step 6

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Fun Lucky Shamrock T-shirt Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

Stitch following the guide lines and be sure to back-stitch the beginning and end of each line.

Step 7

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Cut in-between each line. Only cut the top layer of the t-shirt.

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If you want the fabric to roll more cur along the outer edges.

Step 8

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To finish the shirt you can trim the edges of the sleeves and the hem of the top t-shirt fold over and stitch in place.

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The T-shirt is ready

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I embroidered the word lucky to the t-shirt to add a little fun.

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Full Lucky Shamrock T-shirt

Depending on the type of marking pen you used wash the t-shirt and you are ready to go.

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Kitten Tank Top Applique Tutorial from H&P Artistry

Kitten Tank Top Applique Tutorial

I am truly pleased with this new Kitten applique. I decided on a small black spaghetti strap tank top to go with the tutu skirt. The more I looked at the set the more off it felt. The top needed something. I did not want to add a face to the top so I took a little time to brain storm. Urban Threads has a really cute design set called Noggin Nanimals and it includes the applique design for each animal in the set. SCORE!!!! One is a kitten. Now it is time for the Tank Top Applique Tutorial! Continue reading