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stencils & stamps: Saving My Shirts



I’m not exactly clumsy, but I am a really busy girl with a tendency to not be careful.

Messy, clumsy, stuff on my shirt…call it what you will!

My favorite shirts all seem to have taken the same abuse.  A paint stain, a bleach spot or an unfortunate tear.  The number of shirts in my closet that weren’t being worn because of one of the above was getting completely out of control.

So, time for some quick and dirty fixes…and to haul out the fabric paint!

Shirt fix #1 – stenciling stars

supplies:

  • sad damaged tee
  • freezer paper
  • marker or pen for drawing
  • Exact-o Knife
  • fabric paint
  • sponge brush
  • cardboard or t-shirt form



My poor Dumbledore’s Army shirt, with a bleach stain right on the tummy. What to do, what to do? I thank my sister for the idea for this fix: stencil some stars on!



Freehand stars on freezer paper, then cut out with the Exact-O Knife – instant stencil!




Iron the stencil on and insert a pieced of cardboard or shirt form inside the tee. Procure some paint and a sponge brush for instant repairs.




Sponge that paint on!




Peel off the stencil after a few minutes and….




Instant shirt fix!






My Evile Crafts tee, made by superfriend Kadi, had a big ole blotch of bleach, too, so it also received the star treatment, along with a little glitter spray paint.

Shirt fix #2 – stamp it!

This second shirt fix was inspired by Stampin’ On Stained Jeans.  Same problem:  A favorite tee gets hit by something that leaves a mark, bleach, paint, or something else that’s super-duper permanent.

You need:

  • oopsie tee
  • fabric paint
  • stamp(s) large enough to cover the spot(s)
  • foam brush
  • cardboard or t-shirt insert



Use the sponge brush to add paint to the stamp.  Don’t dip the stamp in the paint or you’ll end up with a blob of paint on the fabric.



Stamp on the spot that needs to be covered.  It looked awkward to me like that, so I just kept stamping until I felt like I had enough!



Another shirt, back in rotation!

Shirt Fix #3 = mask it!

This fix was a bit more complicated.  I had a cute girly shirt that got caught on something (no idea what) and I ended up with a hole right in the tummy.  After trying to stitch it and not liking the artificial belly button I received for my efforts, I decided to repair it with an iron on.  Great idea, until I realized I went from artificial belly button to giant round dot on my tummy.

For this fix you’ll need:

  • damaged tee (this works for spots, too!)
  • masking tape
  • cardboard or t-shirt form
  • fabric paint
  • foam brush or roller



Giant dot, as illlustrated by my left hand.



Mask out a large triangle with the apex at the top, with the damaged part of the shirt on the inside.  Make sure your cardboard or t-shirt form is inside the shirt.  Fill in the space with fabric paint.

Hint:  If you’re working on a stretchy fabric, iron freezer paper on the inside of the shirt for stability while painting.



Fill in the entire space.  Allow to dry a few minutes and the remove the tape.



And another dead shirt returns to ciruculation!  Pretty cool, too, if I do say so myself.




Allow all your awesomely repaired tees to dry per manufacturer’s instructions and then add them right back in to your wardrobe!

More t-shirty goodness:

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Craft: Stampin’ on Stained Jeans



I found these fabulous unfinished kitchen chairs at the thrift store for $3 each.  A little wood stain and some clear coat later, and they are fabulous and in-use.

Unfortunately, I managed to forget to not put my knees down on the tarp I had covering the garage floor and got matching brown spots on both of my knees.   Did I mention I was wearing one of my favorite pairs of jeans?  You might remember them from the Hem Extension post.

I wore them once with the stained spots and it drove me crazy, so I had to think of something else.

My first thought was applique patches, but I’m really busy lately and that would take a bit longer than I have to invest.    I have loads of paint and a lot of stamps, so, hey, why not?  They were already in bad shape and I couldn’t possibly make  it worse.

You’ll Need:

  • Acrylic Fabric Paint a shade or two darker than the spot you want to cover
  • stamp big enough to cover the spots
  • small paper plate or piece of freezer (or wax) paper
  • foam brush


Smooth jeans out, with spots facing up and easy to reach.

Place a small amount of paint on the plate or paper.  Use the sponge brush to add paint to the stamp.  Don’t dip the stamp in the paint or you’ll end up with a blob of paint on the fabric.


Place the stamp on top of the stain and gently press.


Repeat.


I added a few more stamps to give a sort of pattern and now my favorite jeans have a bit more wear!

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

Cereal Box Labels

Recycled Cereal Box Craft:  "handmade by" labels

I am not a scrapbooker, not even by the grandest stretch of the imagination. There are crafters in my life that are uber-talented scrapbookers and do amazing things with photos, ink and paper.

Even though I don’t scrapbook, I do love stamps. My stamp collection is tiny, but functional and I love to use it whenever I can.

Because I make so many hand crafts, I love to have handmade labels on hand. My new favorite stamp is a “handmade by” I found at Hobby Lobby during a recent sale.

Recycling + new stamps = Cereal Box Labels! One large cereal box makes about 18 3″ x 4″ labels.

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  • cereal box
  • stamps
  • ink pads
  • ribbon
  • paper cutter OR ruler & scissors
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Open the cereal box along the seam line. Trim off the flaps. Recycle or set aside for another project.

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The next two steps can be done either with a paper cutter or with a ruler and scissors.Square up the end of the box. Cut in 4″ strips.
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Cut strips into 3″ pieces, giving you 3″ x 4″ cards
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Now the fun part! Stamp! Use whatever stamp, color, etc. you like. If you have alphabet stamps, add your name, too!
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Punch holes in the side or corners of the labels.
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Tie a ribbon or string through the hole in the label. Thread the two ends in first, then bring those through the loop. Pull tight.

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