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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.

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

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.)

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

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.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wishing you Luck and Love

Kitten Applique Tutorial from www.HandPArtistry.com

No Sew Tutu Skirt Tutorial

No Sew Tutu Skirt Tutorial

This was a favorite tutorial from last year and I decided to share it with you again to help design your own Halloween Costume. I hope you like it.

I Love Tutus!!!!! I do I do I do….. (in my best Mama Mia sing-song voice) Who knows why, it could be that I always wanted to be a princess, or a fairy, or the pageants when I was little but I love them.

Making them is a blast. Something opens up and the magical creativity happens when tulle is involved. This tutorial is simple and fun because you can choose any color, length, style. All it takes is the ability to knot tulle. Continue reading

Ear Warmer Headband tutorial with make your own pattern instructions. www.HandPArtistry.com

Ear Warmer Headband Tutorial

Ear warmer Headband Pattern and tutorial.

This is an updated tutorial with a no sew option using fusible webbing.

I decided to give a gift set to my sister and nieces last year that would get a lot of use. The set included hand warmers, a boa scarf and a Head band ear warmer. My sister likes the pin-up/rockabilly hair styles so instead of using elastic I added a button closure. This closure allows her to turn the band around with the decorative button in the front and the larger area in the back. I enjoyed making the sets and the only thing I would do differently next time is to add a lining. If you do not like buttons you could add elastic to the ends. You can also replace elastic with ribbon that can be tied in a bow in the back to add snugness over the ears.
The Pattern


Materials:
Ribbon or tape measure
Ruler
Scissors
Paper (Anything will work. wrapping paper, newspaper, I use drawing paper that comes in a large pad)

No Sew:

Fusible Webbing and an iron

Step 1
(I made mine extra wide. You may want to take the added 1.5″ – 2″ out of your pattern for a slim fit.)
Take your ribbon or tape measure and wrap it around the person’s head (or yours) the same way the band will wrap. Add 1.5″ – 2″ to the length for adding the button. 25″

Measure the width of the band by holding the ribbon over the ears and adding 1.5″. This will be the widest part of the band 3.5″


Step 2
I used a sheet of paper as close to the size of the pattern needed. This saves on paper and is easier to maneuver.
I folded the paper in half horizontally and vertically to find the perfect mid points on the edges and center of the pattern. I marked each with a dot.


Step 3
I chose the 2.5″ ear measurement for the smallest part of the pattern and measured 1.25″ from each side of the center point and made a dot.

Step 4
I did the same with the widest part of the band at 2″ from the center point and marked and connected the dots. (I used a 2″ measurement because I cut a curve in the center and that will remove the extra .25″ on each side.)

Step 5
Fold in half and cut the pattern. Be sure to round your center edge this removes the .25″ on each side of the center.

Ear Warmer Headband


Materials:
Flannel fabric
(If adding a liner I would use either fleece or another piece of flannel)
Button
Step 1
Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out. (Do the same with your lining fabric.)

Step 2
Hem around the band. (Do the same with the lining, or pin them right sides together and stitch around leaving one end open for turning.)

I used a zigzag stitch but you can strait stitch if you want.
(Once you turn out the band with the lining you will want to iron and top stitch around the band and that will also close your turning opening.)

No Sew:

Fuse the edges down with the fusible webbing instead of sewing.

If using a double layer:

  1. Sandwich the webbing between the outer layer and the lining.
  2. Iron in place. The webbing will melt and fuse the layers together.

Step 3
Add your buttons
My machine has a button-hole foot.
You can make your own button holes by using a satin stitch and sewing a two lines of satin next to each other the length of the button and then widening the satin stitch to close each end.

I used the different buttons to match each of their personalities.

No Sew:

Use ribbon instead of a button.

  1. Fold the top edge of the ribbon down wrong sides together.
  2. Use the fusible webbing to attach the ribbon to the edges of the headband.
  3. Do not use satin or sheer ribbon with fusible webbing. The iron will melt the ribbon and ruin your iron. Believe me I have done it.

Project Complete.

Here is the set I made my daughter.
I will post the boa scarf and Hand warmer tutorials soon.

Here is a photo of my lovely Sis wearing hers with the button in front.

Wishing you Luck and Love,

                                                         Heather