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Daily Prompt: Nothin’ But A Good Thing

Daily Prompt: Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?

What a good prompt.  If I had nothing to do, and no studying to worry about…I had originally thought I would sleep in, but no, then I would move slower and not have any fun.

I would make some jewelry that I have been putting off because I didn’t have the time.  I would try new things with some jewelry findings I have that I don’t know what to do with.

I would paint.  It has been way too long and I really miss it.  I would find my watercolor gelatos (WHERE ARE THEY?!) and play around with those.  Maybe make some pieces to scan and add to my digital designs.

Then I’d spend a few hours making digital artwork.  I’d mess in Photoshop and Illustrator and alter everything and just experiment and play.

I’d have Jimmy Johns (#12 unwich all the way) for lunch with a Mtn Dew.  YUM!

I’d go visit my niece and nephew and play with them for a few hours.

Maybe I would do some sewing and refashioning from my ever growing pile of fabrics and clothes!  FUN!

Good question today!

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)

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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: 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: Add Glitter to the Details of a Shirt

I love shirts with bling, but they are always like $10 more than a shirt without.  And I don’t really buy tshirts anymore, unless they are somehow special, NYC, Vegas, California shirts etc.  I do like some graphic tshirts, but I won’t buy them.  That being said, I’ve had this tshirt from Delia’s for years!  I think I might have bought it in college even, and that would be over 6 years ago.  But I love this shirt and wear it all the time, it fits great and I love the nature graphics!

I was in the middle of testing out my fabric paint + glitter and seeing how that works, and decided this was an ideal time to try embellishing something else (while it dries).  I rummaged and found this shirt:

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs art

Supplies:
Graphic Tshirt to embellish
Fabric Medium (I use: Americana Fabric Painting Medium)
Paint Brushes: small tips for detailed work are best, does not need to be fancy
Glitter!  Any color you like, glitter size is up to you, the finer glitter the easier it will be to paint on

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 1: Choose your shirt.  Place a piece of cardboard or plastic in between the layers so the fabric medium doesn’t bleed through.  It is up to you if you want to tape it down, I did not.  I also didn’t stretch this because it is knit and I don’t want it to dry all wrinkly.  Scope out what you want to embellish.

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 2: Get started!  I put down 2-3 drops of Fabric Medium on a piece of plastic, then sprinkled glitter on top, then mix well.  Try a little at a time, you can always add more!  Besides if you paint it on and its not enough, wait for it to dry and paint over it again!  I chose specific areas on the shirt that were part of the upper half and included areas that could easily be added to without being over-whelming.

This section includes small purple glitter flowers.  These I just dabbed at the shirt with a blob of glitter, I didn’t do much shaping at all.  The gold I used very little glitter and I really had to take my time.  I am an inpatient crafter, you try not to be!  You should try to find the thinnest paint brush possible (choices on the left are pretty good, even smaller is better!) for anything this size.  I’m talking the size of a sharpened pencil!  You do NOT need to buy a specialty paint brush, especially if you are just crafting and not fine art painting, plus they are pricey.  I do fine art painting, that’s why I have these.

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 3: Before you freak out, wait for it to dry.  See that darker thicker spot on the feathers of the bird?  At the bottom there?  I took this photo when it was still wet.  The fabric medium has to soak in the shirt and it will look dark at first.  Don’t panic, most of that will go away, and again, you can always go over it with more glitter if you want.  The bird is half light green glitter and half light blue glitter.  I love how it highlights the wings.

The orange flower is actually what I did first.  It was so easy, this was the perfect place to start. Plus, its basically a coloring book, I just painted between the lines and if I went outside them, it didn’t matter because noone will ever know!

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs art

The full shirt!  I added some extra dots of glitter in red and orange on the middle and its not bad.  It may have been odd placement, but I still like it.  The colors give it some extra bling and it really takes one of my favorite shirts and makes it more awesome!  I will hand wash this from now on, just to be sure, however it should not come off.  Its not stiff either because of the fabric medium.  I do not know what would happen if this went through a dryer.

EDIT: Here is a better photo than the original one I had from an iphone.  I took this this morning:

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Not gonna lie, I’m looking for more clothes to add a little bling to!

Linking up here:

Refashion Fridays: Tshirts

I’ve been going through many of my tshirts to look for a way to refashion them so I actually wear them.  Like many of you, I have collected a bunch of tshirts through the years, many of them too big to actually wear in public, even though they look pretty cool.  So I’m trying some ways to make them fitted, add fringe, or cutouts.  Here is my round-up of inspirations!

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DIY Tshirt to Cardigan video by Mark Montano

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No Sew Halter from a tshirt by Wobisobi

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Men’s Shirt to Fitted Tshirt Inspiration by Hot Diggity Blog!

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Tshirt to Ruffle Shirt Refashion by Melly Sews

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DIY Tshirt Cutout Weaving & Braiding by Bunte Freunde

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DIY Drape Neck Halter from a Tshirt video by Whitney Sews – I actually tried this and ran into a problem. Will share with you next week and with ideas for what to do next.

So what do you think?  Are you interested in trying any of these?  Check out my Pinterest boards to see my DIY Sewing Clothes and Refashion boards, for more ideas.

Sorry I Haven’t Been Too Active Lately

Just want to say even though I want to be more active on the blog, the biggest reason I haven’t been is because I am getting ready for my sister’s baby shower(s) and its basically consuming all my time when I am not working, or trying to work on my jewelry.

2 weeks left then the baby showers will be over, and I can start focusing more heavily on the blog, some DIYs, and some refashions I’ve been dying to try:

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I already have the lace ready, just need to pick a shirt!
Lace Insert DIY by DIY & Craft Tutorials

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This doesn’t look super hard, I could just try it!
Peplum Refashion by Merrick’s Art

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Zipped Up Sweater- Sounds fun!
Zipped Refashion by Cotton & Curls

I've already chosen the sweater, even have it measured!Sweater Skirt by Fashion Blog

I’ve already chosen the sweater, even have it measured!
Sweater Skirt by Fashion Blog

And then I will also be preparing for school to start on April 1st!  Lots on my plate this spring, but I am confident it will be very exciting and I will continue to share my handmade work and anything I DIY with you all!

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Refashion Fridays: Lace Appliques

Is anyone else obsessed with appliques?  They can completely alter a piece of clothing or other piece of fabric with just a few stitches or the heat of an iron!

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A reverse applique Lace Inset that I can’t wait to try! by DIY & Craft Tutorials

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Lace appliques to any shirt take it to a new classy level! by The How-To Gal

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Lacey/Doily Sweatshirt Appliques by A Beautiful Mess

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A clutch with some added lace by Ricochet & Away

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Crochet Applique by Dixie DIY

Didn’t really mean to make this all about lace appliques, but they are pretty, aren’t they?

See these and more refashions on my Pinterest boards.

Enjoy your weekend!!!