Thursday, September 2, 2010

T-Shirt Embellishing

Cupcakes or Necklaces Anyone?
Near the end of the summer I purchased a few solid color shirts so that I could embellish them as I wanted to. The first on my list was an appliqued zebra that I will have to post a picture of later.

I had been wanting to make one of these ruffle cupcake shirts for my daughter who loves sweet things especially cupcakes. Whenever she is invited to a birthday party the one thing on her mind is the cake. So, she can indulge in this cupcake frequently without getting a sugar rush. I love how it turned out.
I do recommend using a stabilizer underneath so you can prevent mishaps like the right bottom corner of the cupcake. I couldn't unpick it or it would have torn the shirt up. So, it has a little beauty mark, but I like it. It seemed incomplete without a cherry on top, so I sewed a red button on top for the cherry.
I love making hair bows/flowers/barrettes to match shirts. I have not done it in a while, so this was a treat. I thought I would take some of the frosting like fabric and make a little frosted rosette headband to match.

Next up was a little freezer paper action. My daughter also loves these pretend necklace shirts that are pretty much in every store right now. I did buy her one for school, but I wanted to see if I could pull one off myself.
This is my take on the necklace shirt. I did not want to cut all these holes out of the freezer paper by hand, so I used my scrapbooking tools. I have not used them in so long, but they sure did come in handy. I used my eyelet hole punch thing, and made various different sized holes all over the outline I had for then necklace. I wish I would have had one that was a little bit bigger so that I could add a few larger circles.

If you are new to freezer paper stenciling, or you have never done it you should try it. I will try getting another project using it so I can make a tutorial. In the mean time there are tutorials all over the place.
Of course this one had to have a matching hair pin too. I used a lavender colored satin and made a little flower as you can see.

There are so many ways to add to a plain old shirt. I have so many ideas running in my head, but then I have to wait because a kid only needs so many t-shirts.

Do you have any fun shirt, skirt, or purse embellishment ideas?

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