I'm unemployed this Christmas. So the mall is out. Online shopping? Out.
I've always wanted to make a t-shirt mash-up so this gave me perfect motivation. And home-made Christmas gifts? You can't beat that.
I took a boy T from the good 'ol Seattle Goodwill Outlet and an old tank I've worn to the bone; slap on one of my bro's old Boy Scout patches and *wow* - awesome new T for a boy I have a crush on. :)
Needed: t-shirts, patch(es), scissors and sewing machine or needle and thread for the patient and brave of fingers, and of course, a bit of creativity.
Cost? Less than a dollar!
Step 1: Grab a Piece of You...
The next time you clean out your closet, reconsider that T that you're so hasty to bring to the Goodwill. I commend the Goodwill, and I'm all about giving to the cause, but old T's make great fodder for cool new garb.
It's cute to mesh your old T that your man can wear around. Or in this case, current crush. Aaaw.
Step 2: ...and a Canvass T
Hmmm, I wonder why this guy tossed this shirt?
I was considering giving this to him as a joke. But then I realized it wasn't funny. And what would that say about me..? "Hi, I'm psycho! Join me for espresso?"
Step 3: Check for Things to Cover Up
The "Don't Panic" decal in the back, below the neckline, had to go. I found a cool patch on one of my bro's old Boy Scout sashes. Perfecto!
It didn't quite cover the yellow lettering, so I attached the patch to a piece of non-stretchy fabric first.
Step 4: Cut & Sew
I admit, my mom helped me sew together this first needle and thread venture. I think she wanted to steer me clear of the pounding needle (thanks, Mom).
Mom's advice, sew cut-out on a non-stretchy (ie. non-T-shirt material) backing first. This makes it easier on the machine and easier on you. I'm all about the messy look, but snarled and bunchy is not the look I was going for.
Step 5: Patch It Up
Here's the finished product with the patch sewed on the back. I hand-sewed it on the same non-stretchy fabric first, left a little around the edges and then sewed it on the shirt.
And look, I have more cool patches to use on future projects!
Boy crush #2?