I’ve taken my creative ideas to a whole new level. A handmade t-shirt designed by me! And yes, I did wear this to the show last September. Which reminds me, I never shared my pics, did I? I promise a post this week.
Back to the shirt! I went to see Motley Crue and KISS at Alpine Valley with a group of friends. Knowing I was going to purchase a band shirt from the merchandise booth didn’t help me decide on what to wear to the show. I really wished I had all of those in which I purchased from previous shows that I attended back in the 90’s. I had looked around locally for one with no luck. Online venue were selling out. What’s a girl to do?
Make my own t-shirt!
Here’s what you need:
*Black t-shirt (I got mine at Michaels craft store for $2.00-it was on sale)
*White fabric spray paint (Michaels again. Used a coupon so it cost me $6.)
*Stencils (I already had these on hand, but check your local Dollar Stores)
**You may use any color you wish. I’m just sharing what I used for this project.
The How To:
First wash the t-shirt. This was my first time using fabric spray paint, so I followed the directions as stated.
Using the ironing board I spread the t-shirt out flat. Any flat surface will work. I have a couple of t-shirts that have the stripes on the sleeves, so I thought I would create my own with this one. I used six pieces of masking tape on each sleeve. Three on the front and three on the back. I simply eyeballed it when it comes to lining the tape up. I don’t worry about perfection with stuff like this. So, you may use a ruler if you want to make sure the stripes are evenly spaced.
I picked out the stencils that I needed to spell out the band name. Using the masking tape I placed them on the front of the shirt where I thought they looked okay. Repeat, I’m not picky with accurate placing.
I applied the fabric paint to give it a blotchy look. Make sure to shake the bottle well before using. I let it dry overnight and then removed the masking tape.
Both Motley Crue and KISS were using the hashtag #TheTour on Twitter, so I thought it was only proper to promote that on the back of the shirt. I used a fabric pen for the wording.
That’s it! A simple project that cost me $6. I was surprised at the quality of the t-shirt given the fact that I only paid $2. for it. It’s still in great condition and I wear it a lot.
When you wash the t-shirt I recommend that you turn it inside out first. And I only dry it for a couple of minutes in the dryer. Enough to pull the wrinkles out.
I have more shows planned this year. Might just have to make another one.
Until the next word…