Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rit Dye Studio T-shirt

Rit recently asked for crafters to join their Rit Studio. The first 500 people to sign up got a t-shirt. I was lucky enough to be one of those people. When I received the t-shirt I just set it aside not sure what I was going to do with it. Then I got an email asking to participate in a contest. "Dyesign" the t-shirt to win some great prizes. I dug out the t-shirt and washed it (the cats had been using it for nap time). As usual I had no plan put just got started.

After washing it, I started with the usual Elmer's Gel Glue as a relief and followed some flowers I printed off google. I wrote a blog post explaining this in detail - Rit Dyed T-shirt with Resist.

I more or less ignored the shaded areas. But once I got to the flowers on the end I decided to color the entire flower in thinking I could make different color flowers. I also rubber banded a section at the bottom for a burst effect. Once the glue dried I dyed the shirt in fuchsia for about an hour. Rinsed the entire shirt to get the glue and dye out and let dry.

Well that wasn't exactly what I was going for. You really couldn't see the outline of any of the flowers. But I kept plugging along. I wet the t-shirt and "sponged" sunshine orange dye shirt with an old rag.

I let that sit for about a day or so. Actually I got busy and forgot about the project. Rinsed again and let dry.

Now to try to come up with a plan...I know fabric markers. I grabbed a black fabric marker and put the flower page back under the t-shirt and wet the t-shirt so I could see the flowers underneath and traced them. Of course I did not read the directions on the side of the marker. As I traced the marker started to run. Oh well I figured I'm just going to dye it again.

I didn't wait for the marker to dry. I just dyed the entire shirt in fuchsia again. Then rubber banded some more bursts and dyed it in sunshine orange, I think. I really don't remember the exact order of colors or for how long. I was "winging" it with this project for about a week and a half and didn't keep exact notes. I had 3 bottles of dye sitting out - fuchsia, sunshine orange, and tangerine so at some point I probably used all of them. I know some where in there I washed the shirt at least twice to make sure all the dye was out and so I could see how it was looking.

At some point I did read the directions for the marker and once the shirt was dry I retraced the flowers based on what did survive the first time. I let the marker dry for 24 hours before I did any more dying.

The marker isn't as pale as it looks in this picture.

The burst at the bottom of the shirt came out so well. I'm really happy about it.

I had no plans for the back of the shirt. All that cool marbling just kind of appeared. I love when that happens.

Overall I am very happy with the shirt. I can't wait to wear it and show it off. I will post an update on here if I win. Wish me luck.

UPDATE - I am a winner! I won the Most Fashionable Category. Yea Me!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Decorate Your iPhone Charger

Phone chargers are a part of our everyday life so why should we shouldn't we brighten them up a bit.

This is a quick and easy project. All you need is Mod Podge, Washi Tape, glitter, and of course your charger. Mod Podge is glue and sealant all in one. Washi Tape is a slightly sticky decorative tape.

To decorate your charger with glitter the first step is to coat the charger with Mod Podge.

Cover the charger with glitter. Working over a file folder or scrap paper will allow you to pour the excess glitter back into the jar.

If any Mod Podge or glitter is anywhere you do not want it to be, just wipe off with a damp towel.

Allow the charger to dry for about an hour. Using a plastic lid as a drying surface is a good idea so the charger won't stick.

Add a top coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter. I have a special jar of Mod Podge just for glitter since I usually double dip my brush. You can wipe your brush off after each stroke so no glitter gets into your Mod Podge.

Let the charger dry for several hours or overnight.

To decorate with Washi Tape wrap the tape around the charger and cover with Mod Podge. Let dry several hours or over night.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rit Dyed T-shirt with Resist

I found a really fun project on Pinterest. There are several tutorials out there. Here is my take on dying t-shirts with Rit Dye and using Elmer's Gel Glue as the resist.

The great thing about this project is that you can use anything for the design.

Start with a plain white t-shirt. Craft stores have good quality t-shirts for cheap. I purchased mine at Jo-Ann's when they had a sale - 4 shirts for $10. I also picked up Rit Dye and Elmer's Gel Glue while I was there. You need to use Elmer's Gel glue for this project. Regular white glue won't work.

The first step is to wash your shirts. I also dried them to make sure no shrinkage occured.

For the images I picked a softball for my sporty daughter and a mandala flower for my artsy daughter. Simply designs work best so in the Google search I added "coloring pages". This gives you a nice crisp design to work with. Print your picture out in the size you want. I printed full size (8 1/2 by 11) for each shirt. For a small child you might want to go a little smaller.

First step is to wet the t-shirt. Since you are working with wet clothes and dye make sure your work area is water proof. You can lay a trash bag flat on your surface to protect it.

I put the picture in one of those clear protective sleeves for binders. This will protect the paper and make sure the glue does not go through to the back of the shirt. Slide the picture inside the sleeve in between the front and back of the shirt. Center it to where you would like the design.

Get out your Elmer's Gel Glue and trace the design.

Let the glue dry for several hours or overnight.

Now to get your dye bath ready. I used an old glass pot in the utility sink in our basement. If you have a large metal pot, that would work also. Remember you are using dye so protect your area. Fill your pot with cold water and add the dye. How much dye you use depends on how dark or light you want the color to be. Carefully take the plastic sleeve out from between the shirt and add your shirt to the dye bath. How long you keep it in the dye bath will also determine the color. I kept each shirt in the bath for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

I also covered the pot because with 3 kitties these are the lessons you learn.

After the hour is up DO NOT rinse the shirt just hang it up to dry. If you do not have a safe place to do this, then lay it flat again on the surface you prepared earlier.

I hung the shirts over our utility sink making sure it would drip dry right into the sink.

Since I am working with two different colors for two different shirts I just repeated the process for the second shirt making sure to rinse the pot very well.

Once both shirts hanging to dry I made sure they were not touching so no colors would bleed on to each other.

Here is a close up of each shirt.

Here are some shirts I made last summer. The lesson I learnt the first time was to use PLASTIC hangers. I used metal hangers the first time and there are a few rust stains on the back of the shirts.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I was "pinning" before there was Pinterest

I've been "pinning" long before Pinterest was around. As far back as I can remember I've loved to look at decorating magazines. And just as long I've been tearing pages out and saving them for future ideas. Over the years I have organized them in plastic sleeves in a binder. Now that I am in my "forever" house I have been incorporating the ideas in our home. As the ideas get realized I throw the pages away to make way for more pages. I do have a few decorating books I've purchased over the years but I prefer magazines. I love sitting at Barnes & Nobles with my Cafe Mocha and flip through magazines. If I see two or more ideas, I buy the magazine. I have ideas in my binder from magazines dating back to 1998. With Pinterest I don't need to buy as many magazines but it is still a pleasure while I'm sipping my coffee.

While I love my current headboard it's fun to collect more ideas.

Who says you need to use all the drawers.

Look! I found a use for the those extra drawers.
Imagine a whole all like this filled with books, pictures, and knick knacks.

Fun way to add your own touch to a plain denim shirt.

One of my favorite magazines. Always has fun, inspiring ideas.

Hey that's my name. From a past issue of Flea Market Style.