By: Pattie Donham-Wilkinson for ILovetoCreate.com
Make a cool punk couture t-shirt! This fabric craft from I Love to Create can be made for a guy or a girl. If you are an edgy, fashionable person, then this is the craft for you!
- Tulip® Fashion Form™
- Tulip® One-Step Fashion Dye™
- Tulip® Express Yourself!™ Iron-On Appliqués™
- Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™
- Tulip® Surface Cover™
- Felt pen
- Fabric – plaid – 1 yard
- Pressing cloth
- Freezer paper
- Ribbon – black – 2 yards
- Disposable plate
- Craft knife
- Wedge makeup sponge
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- T-Shirts – white – 50% polyester/50% cotton blend
- Protect work surface with Surface Cover.
- Prewash T-shirt to remove sizing; do not use fabric softener. Lay damp T-shirt on prepared work surface.
- Wearing plastic gloves from dye box, add water to dye bottle, filling to line indicated on bottle. Replace cap tightly and shake until dye is dissolved.
- Squeeze dye onto T-shirt, leaving small patches of shirt uncolored as shown. Checking to make sure dye has penetrated to backside of shirt. Fold Surface Cover over T-shirt and let set for 6 to 8 hours or longer for most intense colors.
- Fully rinse T-shirt in warm water until all extra dye is removed and water runs clear. Fill washer to large load setting with hottest water suitable for the fabric and a small amount of laundry soap. Wash and dry separately.
- Lay T-shirt on clean work surface.
- Transfer gear pattern onto freezer paper with felt pen. Cut out with craft knife, keeping outside edges intact to create stencil.
- Place gear stencil waxy side down on bottom left corner of shirt and iron into place. Refer to photo.
- Place Fashion Form in between layers of shirt.
- Squeeze a small amount of Ebony Soft Fabric Paint onto disposable plate. Dab flat end of wedge makeup sponge into paint and apply to fabric inside stencil. Let dry and add a second coat if necessary.
- Peel away stencil to reveal painted gear. Wait 72 hours before washing. Wash in warm water, gentle cycle with mild soap; line dry.
- Lay T-shirt flat on work surface and cut off the sleeves just outside the seams. Measure the circumference of one armhole.
- Cut two matching crescent-shaped pieces 4-inches wide by the length of the circumference measurement of one armhole.
- Baste along the straight edge of each crescent. Gather the fabric evenly over the thread, shortening the length by about a half.
- Center the stitched edge of the ruffled crescent along the top of each armhole and pin in place, righty side to right side. Sew in place. Take out the pins.
- Cut a straight line up the center of the front of shirt, from the bottom hem through the neckband. Measure from the neck to the bottom. Cut two 2-inch strips of plaid fabric. Sew strips to the inside edges of both sides.
- Measure the bottom of T-shirt all the way around. Cut a 4-inch strip of plaid fabric twice the measurement. Sew two lengths together if necessary.
- Baste along the straight edge of the strip and gather the fabric evenly. Pin to the bottom of the T-shirt, spreading evenly across the bottom. Sew in place then take out the pins.
- Starting at the neckband, use the tips of your scissors to snip small holes 1-inch apart and 1-inch in from the edge of the fabric, down both sides of the open front.
- Lace ribbon through the holes from the bottom to the top.
- Create gear design on right side of shirt following steps used for men’s shirt. Let dry.
- Position the Fleur-de-lis appliqué on fabric, design side up.
- Set iron to wool setting and cover appliqué with a thin pressing cloth. Iron in place following package instructions.
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