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DIY Bow Tank

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Hello World,

I used to have quite a collection of t-shirts. Last summer, I used 42 of them to make a college t-shirt quilt, but I still have a stack of them left in my “make something with this pile.” Since summer is my hands-down favorite season, and the weather has finally started getting nice where I live, I reconstructed a tee into a bow-back tank.

If you have an old t-shirt to spare, check out today’s tutorial:

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1. Gather your supplies: a t-shirt, scissors, a sewing machine, needle and thread, and fabric dye if your tee was a little too plain to begin with. I bought a few bottles of dye from Darby Smart. You will only need one bottle for this project.

2. Remove the sleeves from your t-shirt. I trimmed a little more than just the sleeves, to create a tank-top shape.

3. Flip over your shirt and cut out the back sections (similar to the photo). Leave the center strip attached unless you want to make a halter top.

4. With one of your back section cut-out pieces, cut out a rectangle.

5. Fold this rectangle in half, and sew along 3.5 sides, leaving a gap so you can turn it right side out. Flip it right side out, and sew the gap closed.

6. Cut a skinny strip of fabric from your scraps. Tie this around the center of the rectangle piece you just sewed. Knot it again, and trim the ends of the ties.

7. Hem the edges of your tank, or leave them raw. My t-shirt was too baggy on the under-arm area, so I took the sides in. I sewed my new side seams with my sewing machine. Hand sew the bow in place on the back of your tank.

8. I found the dye was more vibrant when the shirt was damp vs dry. I got my shirt wet, rung out the excess water, and laid it down on cardboard. I sprayed the front of my shirt with the dye, flipped it over, and then sprayed the back.

9. Hang your shirt outside over something you don’t mind getting dye dripped on (like grass), and allow it to dry. Once it is dry, throw it in the dryer for a few minutes to set the dye and fluff your bow back up.

Happy Crafting!

DIY Bleach Fringe Crop Top

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Hello World,

Are you heading to Coachella or any fun festivals this year? Maybe you just love the fashion from these events, like I do. My style is usually a little edgier, but in the summer I do like to embrace my inner flower child, and throw in some boho pieces. And I might have a weakness for anything with fringe. Every time I go thrifting, I search for a white leather, fringe jacket- like the one Lana Del Rey wears in “Born to Die.”

I made the fringe top below with a $1.80 Forever21 tank top, but this could totally be done with a shirt you already own.

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1. Gather your supplies: bleach, a container partially filled with water, a tank top, paintbrush, scissors, and cardboard.

2. Slide your cardboard into your shirt, so the bleach doesn’t bleed through inconsistently.

3. If you use straight bleach on your shirt, it might eat right through the fabric. Dilute it by first adding a tablespoon to half a cup of water. If that is too weak, add more bleach. Also be sure to do this project in a well-ventilated area.

4. Dip your brush in your diluted bleach, and start ‘painting’ your design on your shirt. Tip: draw your design smaller than you desire, the bleach with spread slightly. That’s why my cheetah spots are a little bloated.

5. Continue until you have painted out your entire design. If you want spots brighter, you can go over them again with more bleach.

6. Cut the bottom hem off your shirt.

7. Cut up towards the top of your tank, in either half inch or quarter inch sections. Make your fringe as long or short as you want.

8. Once you have completely cut your fringe pieces, gently pull on each string so it curls up on itself.

9. Tie a knot at the base of each fringe piece if you want your fringe pieces to be skinny all the way up.

10. You can leave your tank like this, or create a crisscross pattern like I did. I just knotted each fringe piece with its neighbor.

11. I did this a second time by tying each fringe piece again with its neighbor. You could continue all the way to the bottom if you wanted a weaved look.

12. Trim any pieces that seem a little too long. Pop that baby on and twirl around- you know you want to. 🙂

Happy Crafting!