Category Archives: Refashion

Adventures with Rit Dye Part 1

I’ve been wanting to dye fabric for over a YEAR!  But have constantly been intimidated by it.  Finally, I had a full day without any plans, I decided to go for it!

I dyed a whole HEAP of clothes!  However, today I’m only going to highlight one of those items plus give you the rundown of how my process went!  I had so much fun, and perhaps I got a little carried away….near the end there, I just ran up to my closet and randomly pulled things out!

First things first, gather your supplies and be sure to do some research!  I bought Rit Fabric Dye, so many people use this stuff, even old ladies buy it, so I know it must be good!  I checked out their website before heading to the store.  I already had some Kelly Green fabric dye that I bought on clearance a year ago, so I wanted to choose 1 or 2 colors that would look good mixed with it.  I chose Black because I wanted to dye a few things black or darker black, then Teal because it mixes well with the Kelly Green (which you can read about here in their Color Guide).  It looked like I could make all sorts of colors with those, so it seemed a good choice.

I read suggests to use table salt or vinegar, so I made sure to have those handy.  I decided not to use them however, so you’ll have to search info elsewhere about that.  I read all the tips for dying fabric on Rit’s Techniques page, Stovetop Method like 15 times.  Its not my washing machine, so I decided to avoid the possibility of screwing it up.

For the stovetop method you need:

A large pot, (garage sale score $1)
Picnic Tablecloth to protect the floor from drips
1-2 plastic tubs for carrying the wet item around (to outside or whatever)
long 1/2″ wooden dowel, $0.75 for stirring
Measuring cups (optional)
Table salt (optional)
White vinegar (optional)
Pants hangar (optional)
Dish Soap (optional)
Gloves (optional but recommended)

Large Pot for Fabric Dying - Christina Designs Art - Rit Dye Adventures Part 1

This is how big your pot should be, you need to cover your entire fabric with the dye

I will cover tips and techniques, plus a few insights into things that didn’t go right, on another post.  I don’t want this to be long and boring.  So I’ll share the first shirt I ever dyed!

Before Flash Dye Shirt - Christina Designs Art - Rit Fabric Dye Adventures

Flash Dye Shirt

The only purpose of this shirt being dyed was to test out what I was doing, before I dropped in my main reason for dying.  That being said, I still didn’t want it to turn all black (my chosen starting color).  So I decided to just drop it in real quickly, like literally less than a minute.  I decided to just drop the whole thing in as quickly as I could, then let it completely be covered, and pull the whole thing back out again!

Thats why its titled the Flash Dye Shirt.  So it started out light grey and white striped.  Read the directions on the bottle and on the website thoroughly before beginning so you have an idea of what to do!!  I was expecting maybe a light grey where the white used to be and dark grey where the light grey used to be.  I got a totally surprise.  I was quite shocked when I pulled it out, how QUICKLY the dye had taken to the fabric!!!

In hindsight, I should have realized the dye would be most potent the first time around, and perhaps I should have placed my intentionally dark item in first.  Oh well.  It still looks ok.  In fact, I might dye it again and see if I can darken up the bottom of the shirt (which ironically was placed in first).

After Flash Dye Shirt - Christina Designs Art - Rit Fabric Dye Adventures

While drying outside

Here you can faintly see the stripes near the bottom, which I still find crazy that I see anything at all.  Also, the color isn’t quite so grey.  After it dried (no picture, sorry), it had that nice vintage/faded look which I think is fun.  However those bottom stripes look too accidental to keep.  Maybe I will paint stripes over them instead.  How interesting…

I dried everything outside on this partially cloudy day, that may have had some effect to the lightening color.  But I didn’t want to wait for it to air dry in the house.  I did put almost everything in the dryer after the items were partially dry to attempt the idea of “heat setting” the dye.

Keep checking back for the next installment when I share the piece of clothing I REALLY wanted to dye black!

Refashion Friday: Watercolor Painting on Fabric (videos)

Whew!  Its been awhile.  No matter, here’s another Refashion Friday for you all!

Refashion Friday: Watercolor Painting on Fabric

1.  Love this video and I already have these fabric markers because I found them 75% off (damaged) at JoAnns!  Yes!

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Watercolor Fabric Painting with The Girl Creative

2.  I love this from The Girl Creative because you could use a large bedsheet, curtains, anything cotton, maybe make a tablecloth!  How pretty would that be??

3.  If you can get past the discussion in this Martha video, and maybe get a little more creative…this could be fun.  Cute for a baby’s onesie- ahh!  Thats a good one!

 

…Harder to find then you might think.  Either way, I’m obsessed with this new technique and was happy to learn about the freezer paper behind the fabric, ironed on, tip.  Thats a great idea to help keep the fabric from stretching!  Totally going to try this in about 3 weeks, when I am on break from school!

Refashion Friday: Paint Me Pretty

Lately I have had such an urge to use fabric paint on my clothes!  I have a pullover sweatshirt that I ripped out the word applique (the brand name) from the back and I am just finalizing a design for the back with fabric spray paint!  I found some Tulip Fabric Spray Paint and I want to buy it so BADLY!  OK, perhaps not that same pack, but you get the idea!  There are other Tulip Fabric Paints to choose from, or I could easily make my own, I bet there is a recipe out there on Pinterest!

Anyway, to get you in the same mood I am in, check out these awesome fabric paint refashions!

Geometric Designs are always really popular and fairly easy to replicate, as she shows you!

Here’s a fun idea using dyes and fabric spray paint, love the design here!

OK so its not fabric paint, but its pretty similar!  Either way, how cool would this look in ombre??

I know, I know, this isn’t clothes!  But don’t let that stop you!  Be inspired by the idea and apply it to a maxi skirt!

Oh look at that, there totally IS a fabric spray paint DIY!

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DIY Easily Dress Up Some Flip Flops

I went to an outdoor wedding this past weekend that was “casual” so I already knew I was wearing a lovely sundress, but couldn’t decide what sandals to wear.  I had a pair of black Old Navy flip flops that I got last year (free from Crowdtap- read about that here), but plain flip flops seemed way too dressed down even for a casual outdoor wedding.  So while I was working the other day I had an idea to FINALLY use some of that pretty trim that people always buy and I have no idea what to do with.

So I brought my flip flop to JoAnns with me so I could compare and figure out how much I needed.  I searched the trims and settled on a pretty black lacey beaded trim.  I bought 3/4 of a yard, which was about 4 inches more than I thought I needed, but its best to buy a little extra!  Plus 50% off coupons right now, so it was ok.  I do have the 4 inches leftover because I didn’t mess up at all.  I already know what I am doing with it!

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

So it begins!  Grab your flip flops and whatever pretty trim you want to use.  The trim I chose is a Beaded Lace Trim with flowers, all black.  It is about 1/2″ wide and has about 1/4″ wide space to glue it down.  I used E6000 because I love that stuff for everything!  It worked perfectly.  And now they look great and its such an easy way to dress up an outfit!

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

And the final product!  I love it!  I got lots of compliments at the wedding 🙂  Check out some of these Party Sandals Under $50 that could be DIY’d a bit to make them even more fun!  I’m a Beso.com affiliate and get a small portion for every click.

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Confession: I Want A New View with Pinterest

 

Lately I have been spending so much time deleting random Pinterest boards that I somehow have found myself to be following.  I assume many of these random boards are related to a “Follow All to enter this giveaway.”  I can’t stand those, why do I have to follow them all?  I’m still considered a follower if I just pick the ones I might actually enjoy.

You’ve all heard my thoughts on Twitter follows in a previous Confession post, but if you didn’t see it/can’t remember, read about it here.  I’m beginning to think similarily with my Pinterest.  I have never been one to “follow back” just because someone started following me.  I love Pinterest and want to look at quality content, so sorry if I don’t want to see images from your “Glamping” album because I have no interest there.

When I first started Pinterest I wasn’t gluten free, so I followed tons of recipe boards.  Now I find I have no use for “breads”, “pasta”, etc boards.  So a quick unfollow and I feel so much better!  While I am on said person’s board, I see I’m also following a myriad of boards I have no interest in, let alone ever even popup in my feed.  I am following too many boards, I never see everything!  So I am condensing.

I feel kinda guilty about it, but I unfollowed an Etsy board.  As someone who is hoping to sell their items and would love the joy of seeing a bracelet (find some here at my Etsy store!) pinned and repinned on Pinterest, I feel bad to unfollow a board that shares any awesome Etsy items.  However, thats all I see sometimes!  I wish those Etsy Handmade boards were more specific, but thats also so hard to regulate when you have like 50+ (or worse, like 500+) people posting to a board about whatever they want.  How does someone moderate a thing like that?  I suppose I could have my own boards, and share specific items like that, but I also hate having a million boards that people and/or myself aren’t even interested in.

After stopping following a few of the Etsy Handmade boards, I see so much more content!  But one thing I can’t decide, which DIY / Crafts boards should I keep following?  I must be following like 20 of those boards, but I only ever see a few of the same boards posting content, and some of it isn’t even all that “new”, even though most of it claims to be “genius!”  But thats another Confession altogether!  The big multi-contributor boards are the places that are constantly getting posted to, but I really don’t know how relevant some of these ideas are to DIY.  For instance, “Cleaning with Vinegar” is not what I would consider DIY or Crafts, and yet its in that board.  And while recipes are a type of craft, they belong under Recipes.  Know what I’m sayin?

Enlisting your help!  What do you think of these boards?  Keep?  Or unfollow??

DIY & Crafts – 5,000+ contributors!  96,000+ pins.  yowza   (basically takes over my feed)

Do It Yourself Today – 700+ contributors, 14,000+ pins

Budget Friendly DIY – 14 contributors, 176 pins.  must be fairly new

Getting Crafty – 30+ contributors, 3,900+ pins

Create – Just decided to unfollow but am so shocked by one of these pins.  I am sharing because I cannot be the only one who thinks someone’s political agenda was swept up into her mostly DIY board.

Getting Crafty & DIY – 30+ contributors, 3,900+ pins

Share Your Crafts – almost 800 contributors, 2,900+ pins

Mod Podge Rocks! – 125+ contributors, 2,500+ pins

Etsy Handmade Favorites- Group Gallery of Art & Jewelry  – I am also a contributor + 1,800 other people that rarely stick on topic, I’ve also only shared 1 time, and it was on accident. 28,500+ pins    (after looking at this, seriously considering making my own board and only inviting people who will stick to the topic)

 

After searching through my feed at 2 very different times (morning and night), the majority of pins comes from the 1st link: DIY & Crafts and the Etsy Handmade Faves boards.  They might have to go…at least for a time!

PS. I’ve added a few new items to my Facebook page’s photo albums, some of which are NOT on Etsy yet still for sale!

So many DIYs, only one week to do them!

If you don’t want to read all this, (and I’m not insulted), skip to the bottom for some real info about upcoming projects and a refashion question or 2 for you!

Hello everyone! It has been SO LONG!  I do apologize for being MIA for so long, I have finally finished my first quarter of PTA school.  I think I did really well, I do not know all my grades yet, but they would have contacted me if I failed anything 🙂  I was taking 3 classes, Introduction to Physical Therapy, Medical Terminology, and Anatomy + Physiology 1.  Intro was not the funnest class ever, in fact it was rather dull for most of the quarter, good thing I had a fun teacher.  Medical Terminology was even more intense then the class I took for Massage Therapy, I wasn’t expecting so much extra info.  Plus all the abbreviations!  Hundreds of them I need to know, I’ll have to keep studying those all year round.  And A+P, not done yet!  It continues for round 2 next quarter, along with Rehab 1.  Finally we can start learning about what PTAs really do in the field.  I’m pretty excited!

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Source: http://sportsmedicinesalary.org/physical-therapy-assistant-cat/

So not only is my first quarter finished (yay!), I have a week off (double yay!), for me to have fun finishing up some projects!  Trust me, I have a massive list!
On this list is a few tutorials I promised you guys, but near the end there I had to study for finals, so not much time, plus a few extra projects I was finishing up!  So I’ll share with you a few things to expect from me in the coming month, as well as any changes that have happened so you can stop “waiting” to hear anything.

Who remembers my Year of Something New?  Well, my sister had her babies back on May 4th (i’m an auntie!), and now this is really a year of something new, except its mainly all baby related haha!  Its ok, I don’t mind it, I am enjoying all the days and hours I am spending with my new niece and nephew.  Sorry no photos, their rule, not mine.  So while things are certainly new, they aren’t the crafty things I had originally planned, and I am not able to share as much with you all as I had hoped.  I will hopefully someday share some of the items I have made for them, as well as other gifts down the rode.  But this blog will not turn into all babies all the time, so thats good!

I have finally started a long overdue wedding gift, it took me a long time to really pick what I wanted to give this bride.  Some people are just easy, but I love to handmake gifts and I think those are the nicest gifts because I make them personalized.  So anyways, I have officially made the decision for a wedding I was in a few months ago, and have already started it.  When I finish and gift it, I will share it with you, its a 2 piece gift!  Then I have another gift that’s more extensive, I want to start and finish as well.  I at least hope to finish half of it, though according to the “directions” it should only take about 2 hours.

I am also in the process of making a Blurb photobook and a Shutterfly photo book.  If you are not signed up for either email list, do it now!  I will share those with you when I finish, I’ve been hoping to do a comparison one I finish my Blurb book, but again I couldn’t decide on a subject, and I tend to add too many things to my plate and that was one of them!  So this week that is also on the list!

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Oh, I also have a massive selection of refashions I want to work on!  I even made a list of everything involving clothes that I want to paint or sew in some way.  I still have a sweatershirt I want to trim down so its more fitted, its like an XL but its from University of Dayton (where I graduated) so it’d be nice to wear it and it fit, you know?  I also trimmed down another hoodie that I have wanted to paint but couldn’t pick a design, I wanted to paint the front pocket black and added a toilet paper stencil, but instead I think I have picked a wrap-around design with no black included!  Maybe some glitter though!

I also would like to know, what are your thoughts on cutting sleeves off jean jackets?  I have this jean jacket I bought a few years ago at a garage sale for a few bucks, never worn it!  I have no idea how to wear jean jackets, is the jean color supposed to match?  Anyway, this jacket fits ok, but I was thinking of cutting off the sleeves or maybe making it short sleeved because it fits awkward at the shoulders.  You just check this out, I love the pockets so I don’t want to crop it.  Oh and the color is a dark bluish yellowy greeny, know what color I’m talking about?  Neither photo I could enhance to get the right color, the left is much too blue, and the right I didn’t get any change.  If you can see in the photo, by the shoulders it looks tight just laying flat, thats kinda how it feels.  I was hoping cutting off the sleeves, maybe adding lace sleeves?  Would solve the tightness problem.  Thoughts anyone?

Jean Jacket Refashion Before

source: me

I have just been inspired to lengthen a skirt, so I’m off to do that now!  If you haven’t taken my gluten free poll please do, if you have, thanks 🙂

Coming up:

Lace Earring and Necklace Tutorial
Make-up fixer tutorial and ideas
How to Fix a Fabric Paint Mistake
Fabric Stencil Painting
Making a Hoodie Fitted
Lengthening a Skirt
DIY Shoe Makeover
Gluten Free Pizza recipe and review
Zucchini Pizza/Pasta recipe and review
Wedding Gift #1
Wedding Jewelry Photos – just to show it off
Shutterfly Photobook review (not sponsored)
Blurb Photobook review (affiliate link)
Baby DIY photos – just going to show off what I made
New jewelry to show for my Etsy shop

Looking forward to sharing with everyone soon!

Daily Prompt: Switcheroo

Daily Prompt: If you could switch blogs with any blogger for a week, with whom would you switch and why?

 

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Talk about an easy question!  I would switch places with

True Blue Me & You: Doable Unique DIYs

 

If you are unfamiliar with this blog, it is SO FUN!  I am addicted to DIYs, and I don’t do that many yet, but I LOVE to read about them and find more.  My Pinterest boards are FULL of so many types of DIYs.  I have often thought about having a blog that only shares super awesome DIYs and tutorials.  But there are already a lot of blogs that do just that.

Besides, I am so inconsistent and unorganized.  I would really need to up my game to have a blog like she does.  Though I might someday open a Tumblr blog, maybe when I have time to take more photos of things.

So there you go!