Sunday, December 25, 2011

DIY Neon on Printed Scarf

Have a bunch of printed scarves lying around that you don't know what to do with?

Brighten it up with some neon fabric paint!

1. neon fabric paint
2. paint brushes

1. lay out your scarf and pin/tape it on something like newspaper in case the paint bleeds through.
2. paint on a phrase or quote or even your name on the scarf.
3. let it dry for 25 hours.
4. heat set it from the back and boom. done :)

Courtesy of JakandJil
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY Skull Cut-Out Shirt

I found this on weheartit but I'm assuming is from ImKittyRouge.

1. Fabric chalk
2. sharp fabric sheers
3. skull picture (google it)
4. slightly oversized tee. preferably cotton to hold the shapes of the skull better than something softer like an interlocking knit (jersey-knit).

1. find a picture of a skull or a simple version. narrowing google images down to clip art or line art will work great.
2. draw out the skull on the back of your shirt
3. carefully cut it out with the sheers
4. find something cute to wear under it!
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DIY Applique Leopard Print Cross Fringe Tee

There's usually enough in a print fabric remnant to make a couple of aplique shirts. Go rummage through your local fabric store's remnants and you'll be surprised what you find.

1. enough fabric to make a giant cross on your shirt.
2. no-sew (fabric bonding)
3. sewing machine & knowledge of basic sewing
4. matching thread
5. no fray (if the fabric you choose frays)
6. pins (if you don't use the no-sew)
7. a shirt to do this on
8. iron
9. scissors

1. if you want an even cross, fold your fabric in half, draw, and cut out your cross shape. or w/e shape you wish.
2. iron on the no-sew bonding to the aplique
3. put the no-fray on the fabric if it frays
4. place it on the shirt where you'd like it.
5. iron it.
6. for extra hold, either do a zig-zag stitch or a straight stitch around the applique.
7. if you want the fringe look, cut the shirt as so!
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DIY Safety Pin Choker Necklace

I stumbled across this a while ago.
Head on over to Outsapop for the rest of the post.

1. Safety pins
2. Pearls/beads
3. a thick strap of elastic

1. "bead" the safety pins with the pearls or beads or both :) be creative and unique with it!
2. pin the safety pins to the elastic evenly apart.
3. pin the back 2 pieces of elastic together :)
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Giant Upcycled Denim Tapestry

Just a quick update in my life. My final project for my textiles studio is a self portrait on cloth. I decided to take all my scraps from all the jeans i've destroyed and sew them into a giant tapestry. :D

this thing is HUGEEEEE. like...beyond MASSIVE!

but it's going to look sweet as hell.

i hope to get pictures up when it's finished!
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DIY Printed Denim

There are a couple of ways to go about this.

- You can paint on a design using fabric paint/pigment. The best bet would be to buy commercial quality pigment (aka something you have to order).


- You can sew on a full pattern over top of your denim. For jeans this would take a decent amount of fabric, time, and perfectionism, but would totally be worth it in the end.

1. find some fabric
2. lay a piece of paper over the denim where you want your fabric and trace a pattern.
3. tape/pin it to top of fabric and cut out your pattern. leave extra if your fabric frays so you can hem it or use no-fray.
4. pin the fabric on and sew your printed fabric on your denim.
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DIY Pocket Appeal

Rather than dying or bleaching your denim, sometimes you just want something subtle.
Changing up the pockets is the way to go.

1. Find some cute fabric that you want for your pockets. The remnant pile at hobs lobs or jo-anne's is usually a good place to find some for cheap and you don't need like a whole yard or anything like that.
2. check your pocket's shape on the inside of your shorts.
3. free-hand a shape that's slightly bigger than your pocket and cut it out.
4. if the edges of the type of fabric you are using fray, cut enough off so you can hem it so there are no frayed edges, or put some of that no-fray stuff on it (available at hobs lobs, jo-annes, wal-mart, etc)
5. if you want your pocket to seem larger and stick out the bottom, cut the bottom of the pocket a little longer/bigger than your original pocket.
6. pin the pocket over the old one and sew it!
*you don't need to sew a whole new pocket since you are only trying to achieve the look of a printed pocket*
7. distress the jeans where the pockets are so the pattern can show through.
8. add studs if you desire.

enjoy :)
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DIY Leather Cross Tee

I buy white tees in those multi-packs all the time and I'm always looking for new ways to spice them up.

A plain white tee is like a blank painting canvas to me. Except my painting supplies are mixed media and my brushes are my hands.

1. Take a tee and cut it down into a loose tank like the one above, or just leave it as is. use your imagination and stay unique :)
2. if you don't have any extra scrap pieces of leather/pleather around from a cut up jacket or something, an alternative is black vinyl. you can buy it in huge rolls at wal-mart for fairly cheap.
3. cut out your design with an exacto-knife or scissors (sharp ones).
4. pin your cut out to your shirt and sew it on :)
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

DIY Diamond Slashed Back Tee

When I saw this my jaw dropped. Such a good idea for a back appeal tshirt.
Every girl looks hot in a plain white tee.
Make one have back appeal and you have a new going out top.
This would be especially awesome at a black light partyyyyy :D

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DIY Shredded T-Shirt

I've been seeing these online a lot lately and I've been doing this for at least a year now.
I'm glad it can't be mass produced :)
It's very one of a kind and awesome way to alter your tees.

A new twist to this idea, do it all the way around the bottom of a tee for a cute cut off destroyed look. i did this to a patriotic tee i had for the 4th. can't wait to wear it to the lakes this summer! :D i'll be 21 and rockin it!

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DIY Dip Dyed/Bleached High Waisted Denim Shorts

Do you have so many pairs of plain denim shorts laying around and you want to spice a pair up in a head turning way?

Mix some bleach with water. Like 1 part to 1 part. In a container that you can somehow pin or place your shorts in the same place for a while to "dip" them in the bleach so you get the desired effect below. leave them in until you get the white you wish. careful not to leave them in too long because the bleach can eat away at your denim.
to stop the bleach, wash it in some vinegar.
boom, done!
distress at your will <3
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DIY Studded Knit Mittens/Gloves

If you are like me, you have a shit ton of random gloves laying around. And you are bored, right?
Prepare to get un-bored! Take those gloves and turn them into cute fashion accessories with studs and some bling!

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DIY Half & Half Studded Jacket

Although this would be difficult to pull off, it would be SO WORTH IT once completed.

I've been thinking about doing a half denim half leather jacket for sometime now and I might get it done over break if i can find a leather jacket and a denim jacket for decently cheap that are around the same fit. it should be interesting, but soooooo worth it.

i can just imagine some sweet way to do the back seam.
1. straight up and down then fill the whole line with the same sized safety pins
2. cut it zig zagged and fill with chain and safety pins

Suggested Directions:
1. Find a denim jacket and a leather jacket in the same fit/size (remember that mens and womens sizing and fits are different)
if the both zip, make sure they zip together somehow. if they don't match, you may have to rip both zippers out and just sew one on yourself.
2. decide how you want to join the two.
3. make sure you have a good sewing machine and the correct needle to sew denim and leather.
4. make sure you have a really good quality thread to sew the two together. don't want to go through all this work to just have it fall apart after you wear it out a few times.
5. buy studs in bulk. this would look bitchin with some spikes as well.
6. before conjoining, do all your bleaching before hand the denim if you wish. you can always distress it after but bleach can harm the leather/pleather after you join them if you aren't super careful.
7. be unique with it. don't copy this style exactly. add some patches or destress the leather a little bit in some places like the elbows, cuffs, and neckline.
8. rock your new one-of-a-kind denim leather jacket and turn some heads, baby!
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

DIY Bleached Skeleton Pelvis Black Denim Shorts

I saw these and I literally died!!!

if you are skilled with a paint brush, knowledge of the human pelvis, and bleach. then you got yourself a kick ass pair of completely unique shorts.

TOTALLY MAKING THESE ASAP!!! probs over winter break in 2 weeks. :D

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