Easy Bleach Resist T-Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create your own wearable t-shirt art! Design an original look using Grafix Extra Tack Frisket Film, a spray bottle, and bleach. It’s so easy and stylish!

Materials

  • Grafix Extra Tack Frisket Film Sheet, 9”x12”
  • T-shirt
  • Bleach
  • Printer paper

 

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Spray bottle
  • Cardboard

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, credit card, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print desired image at size needed for t-shirt. (Note: You will only see silhouette of image.)

STEP 2

Tape film over paper image and cut around outside of image.

STEP 3

Remove paper backing from film cut-out and adhere to t-shirt, positioning film so there are no wrinkles or bubbles.

STEP 4

Burnish film to t-shirt using smooth, flat object such as a credit card.

STEP 5

Insert cardboard inside shirt so bleach doesn’t bleed through to back.

STEP 6

Fill clean spray bottle with small amount of bleach.

STEP 7

(Note: Protect skin, eyes, and clothing from contact with bleach. Locate open work area outdoors to prevent bleach damage.) On covered work surface, lightly spritz shirt with bleach. Stop when desired level of lightness is achieved.

STEP 8

Rinse t-shirt thoroughly under water to stop bleaching process.

STEP 9

Remove film to reveal nice sharp outline of image.

STEP 10

Machine-wash t-shirt separately once before wearing or washing with other clothing.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

College Student Laundry Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Has your college kid arrived home with a huge pile of dirty laundry? Create this fun laundry bag to tote their clothes back and forth to the dorm in style using your own handmade stencil.

Materials

  • Canvas or jersey laundry bag
  • Acrylic paints: blue, orange

Tools

  • Stencil paintbrush
  • Simply Stencils Stencil Blank, 8”x10”, two sheets
  • Picture glass, 8”x10”
  • Masking tape, 1” wide
  • Cardboard sheet, 17″x21″

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, marker, metal ruler

Directions

Size

18″x36″

Laundry Bag

1. Print and cut out pattern. Place pattern under each stencil blank and use marker to trace pattern. For cutting surface, cover edges of glass with tape and set on flat work surface. Place blank onto cutting surface and use craft knife and metal ruler to cut away openings. Cut star from one stencil blank and rectangle sections from remaining stencil blank; set star cut-out aside for later use. (Note: Cut stencils with a smooth continuous motion, rotating stencil instead of knife.)

2. To prevent paint from bleeding through fabric, insert cardboard inside laundry bag. Using photo as placement and painting guide, position star stencil on upper left side of bag so that top point of star is 5-1⁄2” from left side of bag and 6-1⁄2” from top edge of bag; paint star orange. (Note: If using different size laundry bag than noted above, adjust placement accordingly.) Position stencil to right of star so that inside points are touching; paint star orange. Stencil and paint one star below each star, upside down, so that four points touch in center.

3. For rectangles behind stars, position stencil around each star and shade outside edges of rectangle blue. (Note: Use back of stencil for top right and bottom left stars.)

4. Place masking tape along outer edges of rectangles, extending 1” beyond corners, to create border. Shade edges blue, positioning star cut-out over painted stars to protect surface.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to heat set paint.

Tip

  • Show school spirit by personalizing your bag with school colors!

by Mary Ayres

Decorative Fabric Strip Rug

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Here’s a really easy, no-sew way to create a fun, unique rug for your room – all you do is cut long strips and then glue them to a purchased rug. 

Materials

  • Tightly-woven area rug or mat, 2’x3’
  • Assorted cotton fabric scraps, various widths at least 28” long

Tools

  • Pinking shears
  • Palette knife or 2”-wide flat paintbrush
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

pencil, yardstick, aluminum foil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Use pinking shears to cut 28” long strips of various widths from all fabrics. This will allow a 2” overlap on each side of rug, which will be adhered to back.

STEP 2

Squeeze large puddle of glue onto foil. On covered work surface, use paintbrush or palette knife to apply generous amount of glue to one 24” edge of rug where first strip will be placed. Using photo as placement guide, center first fabric strip over glue and press firmly to rug.

STEP 3

Continue covering rug with fabric strips, applying glue to each section and allowing each strip to overlap the previous one by 1⁄4”. Let dry.

STEP 4

Turn rug over and apply glue along both long edges. While glue is still wet, fold over excess fabric to back and press to adhere. Let dry. Use pinking shears to cut excess fabric at each end into fringe.

STEP 5

Use pinking shears to cut four 4” circles and four 2” circles from various fabrics. Using photo as guide, adhere large circles across mat. Adhere small circles to large circles, varying placement as desired. Let dry.

Tips

  • Raid the fabric store’s remnant bin to find inexpensive prints and solids to save money.
  • To create circles, trace drinking glasses or jar lids onto your fabric with a pencil, then cut out.
  • To give your rug a different look, adhere ruffled ribbon instead of fabric scrap on the two rug ends.

Variations

  • Cover a scrapbook album with fabric or paper strips cut and glue the same way.
  • In a hurry? Use brushable fabric paint to add stripes and dots to rug and other fabric surfaces.

by Cheryl Ball for Duncan Enterprises