Quick and Easy Crafts

Teal Ruffled Shirt

We all have old clothing that we no longer wear or should no longer wear because they are old and beat up. But for some reason, it’s so hard to get rid of your favorites, no matter how rough shape they are in.

Shirt BeforeMy white ruffled T-shirt is from Target and I love it. I have it in navy, too. The navy shirt has held up great, but I cannot say the same for the white. Although it’s hard to see in the photo, the shirt had seen better days. Plus, I’m just messy. Messy Jessie. A lot of the ruffles had dirt on them that I just couldn’t get out.

Instead of tossing the tee, I bought some Rit dye off of Amazon and changed the whole look it.

It’s important to follow the instructions on the dye bottle. I opted to dye my shirt in a bucket, not my machine. I didn’t want to deal with the cleanup of my washing machine after the fact and I have a million large buckets.

Wet shirt and dye

I wet my shirt and mixed the dye in the bucket per the instructions (half the bottle w/ 3 gallons of hot water).

Then, I added the shirt to the dye and let it soak it in for about an hour. The bottle suggests keeping it moving the entire time. This was the one instruction I didn’t follow.

Dye

When the shirt was finished soaking in the dye, I rinsed it out until the water ran clean.

Then, I threw it in the wash, all by itself. Don’t wash your newly dyed fabric with other clothing because it will run and turn your other clothing colors, too.

Washer

After the washer, I threw the tee in the dryer. And then I tried it on!

Voila! In about 2 hours, my shirt was brand new. You can’t see any of the old stains and it brightened up the shirt. You can also see that every third ruffle is a little darker. I hadn’t really noticed before, but there are two different materials in the ruffles. Fun!

Tshirt done

Too cute! I like how it matches my phone, too.

Tshirt Done2So next time you don’t want to throw away an old shirt, think about using Rit dye to change the whole look.

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Graphic Design

Fifth Annual FRW Walk

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the FRW Scholarship Fund for a third year now, helping them promote their annual walk. Their 5th Annual Two-Mile Fun Walk is being held today in D.C.

Each year we work together, we do a postcard and a T-shirt. Here’s what we came up with this year:

FRW Postcard 2014

Frank R Williams

The number 5 is a little larger on the final shirt, but you get the idea.

I love collaborating with these ladies. They are so passionate about their cause and they are always a joy to work with.

Wishing them the best at their event today!

Craft Projects

Jersey Scarf

This summer I bought a super cute, but super cheap, dress from WalMart that slowly but surely fell to pieces with each wear. It finally got to the point where I just couldn’t wear it anymore with all of the holes it kept getting, so I got ready to toss it. Then I remembered seeing an adorable scarf my cousin made out of a T-shirt, so I figured I’d try it out.

My scarf was really easy to make because the dress I cut apart already had all of the pieces. I simply cut the bottom ruffle off of the dress and the braided straps off the top, and started to stitch it back together.

The ruffled bottom of the dress was large enough to wrap around twice, and the braided straps went around the scarf one time perfectly.

I removed the excess thread from each piece of te dress, then got to sewing. With the ruffled part looped twice, I stitched the two pieces together where they crossed over one another. Then, I added the braid to the same intersection so all of the pieces came together in the same spot.

When everything was sewn together, I cut a small rectangle of the jersey fabric out of the remaining dress and sewed it around the scarf so you can’t see the stitching.

Then, I was finished! Too easy! The best part… my scarf looks adorable with my Ravens tee 🙂