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DIY: What to Do With the BF's Old Tees #1
I'm sure (for those of you who have SO's who are male) you've got a man's white underwear-style t-shirt bangin' around somewhere. Probably Hanes, no?

Hub has this ridiculous tendency to toss his clothes in the trash the minute they have the slightest stain, look a little dingy, exhibit some pilling, or stretch out of shape a little. Wasteful! Though I donate as much as I can of his used clothes to Goodwill/Salvation Army, his ol' white tees were begging to be given a new life.

And there's no end to the possibilities with a little fabric dye or paint on hand. Tie dye, potato printing, brushstrokes...it's all up to you. 80's-style, abstract tees are all over the place right now.

So why buy when you can DIY?

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a t-shirt. Scribble Tee - Step 1
    Step 1

    I used Tulip Brand Soft Fabric Paint (because it dries soft and flexible unlike a lot of other brands out there), but found that the bottle it comes in has too wide a mouth to distribute a thin scribble-like line (and fabric markers will skip over the fabric, not producing a continuous line, which is what I wanted). So I poured the paint into a Ziploc bag, snipped the tip off (I made the snip too tiny and the paint wouldn't come out at first - this stuff is surprisingly viscous).

  • How to make a t-shirt. Scribble Tee - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then - scribble, scribble, scribble front, let dry, turn over, and scribble, scribble, scribble back - and you're done!

  • How to make a t-shirt. Scribble Tee - Step 3
    Step 3

    I know the scribbles don't exactly hide the pilling and the stains - but they draw the eye away, leaving me with a very wearable t-shirt. It also looks casual cool under a blazer/suit combo.

    Something to try on a free afternoon, perhaps?

    Happy DIY'ing!
    xoxox
    Carly

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SilhouetteDreams
SilhouetteDreams · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 1 project
i want to try it it, but with the things on the side
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Of course nuriboww! Why not?!Happy
Thanks for your comment!
xoxox
Carly
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nuriboww..
nuriboww..
i like it but instead of black paint ima use 3 colors..will that work
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thanks harrylaa and Sherlaine Y.! So utterly simple and cheap to do - just the cost of the fabric paint. (And even cheaper than similar tees Forever21 and Alloy are selling!!) Haha! I feel so thrifty!Happy
Thanks for your comments!
xoxox
carly
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Sherlaine Y.
Sherlaine Y.
ooooh, this is so awesome!!! im gunna try it!!!
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harrylaa
harrylaa · 20 projects
This is such a brilliant idea! I'm definately going to try it.
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