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Try this funky DIY shirt idea on for size from Megan Nicolay from I Love to Create. A black tank top, paint pens and scissors give this punk-inspired look an edgy tie-dye feel. You'll love the layering of the two looks.
 

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Materials:

  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Adhesive
  • Tulip Fashion Graffiti Big Phat Fabric Marker
  • C1 Rush Hour
  • Tulip Fashion Graffiti Spray Paint Kit
  • Tulip Fashion Graffiti Stencils
  • Paper grocery bag (or other scrap paper or sheet to use as a drop cloth)
  • 2 T-shirts (1 fitted, dark color; 1 in larger size, light color)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Chalk marker
     

Instructions:

  1. Cut off the sleeves of the darker T-shirt, just outside the seams, to make a tank top.
     
  2. Cut off the neckband of the lighter T-shirt and lay the tank top over it, lining them up at the neck holes. Trace the tank top onto the T-shirt and cut out the outline through only one layer to make the peekaboo panel.
     
  3. Set aside the dark tank top. Lay the panel flat on the grocery bag paper. Use the fabric markers and stencils to lay a background pattern. (I used chain link fence!)
     
  4. Fill up the paint cannon and spray freehand across the panel in combination with stencils to create another pattern layer. Change colors as much as desired! Then set the panel aside and let it dry.
     
  5. Turn the tank top inside out and measure and mark 9"-long horizontal lines, about 1" apart, down the front. Stop about 4" from the bottom hem.
     
  6. Cut along the chalk lines through just one layer of fabric.
     
  7. Gently place the (now dry) panel right side down against the front of the (still inside out) tank top, lining them up again at the neckline. Peel back one side of the panel and squeeze an even amount of fabric glue along the edge. Then gently press the edge against the tank top. Continue gluing around the straight edges only (minus the bottom hem) to attach the panel to the slashed surface of the tank top. Let it dry!
     
  8. Carefully turn the tank top right side out and try it on! The bright graffiti panel will peek through the slashes you made in the front of the darker layer.
     

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • If you want to keep the sleeves attached and your shoulders covered, do it! Simply tuck the sleeves inside the shirt while you’re tracing it in step 2.
     
  • If you want to be able to change things up at on a moment’s notice, just spray an entire tank top (rather than a panel) in.

 

 


 

 

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