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Published on: 23 Jul 2009 by little_miss_sunshine
If you have got an old t-shirt which your about to throw away or you've got a really plain t-shirt which you never wear because it's so boring, then before you do throw it/them away, conside decorating it....
- You can make stencils from card, either of letters or shapes or pictures - whatever takes your fancy and tape it to your old t-shirt. Then paint over it with fabric paint and then let it dry before removing the stencil. Another way of doing it is dripping or flicking it over you t-shirt, that gives a nice effect too.
- Buttons. Buttons are good for customising practically anything, you could put them on bags shoes dresses trousers shorts - literally anything. You can put buttons onto your t-shirt by either sewing them on or by cheating and glueing them on. Before you glue/sew them on arrange them in a pattern of wear they are going to go... A band of buttons round the neckline looks good or you could put a little cluster of them like a brooch on your t-shirt. It's really up to you, be as imaginative as possible.
- Use scraps of material to glue/sew onto your t-shirt for a nice textured t-shirt, you might have something too small for you which you could cut up and use or at school your textiles teacher will probably have some scraps which no-one is using which they won't mind if you use... or you could go to a material shop and rummage around for some scraps.
- Then there is also tie-dying your t-shirt. Tie-dying is very very very messy so you might want to do it outside or something, as remember, this is dye! Make sure you wear old clothes and rubber gloves too.
For the best result choose a 100% cotton t-shirt. Mix a packet of powdered clothes dye with some hot water in a bucket. Then add 5 tablespoons of salt. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Then you tie a piece of sting around the bottom corner of your t-shirt securing it tightly then crumple it up and continue wrapping the string around up to the neckline. Tie a knot in the string to hold it tight. Dip the t-shirt into the dye for 20mins then leave to dry properly befor you untie the string. Rinse well.
I wouldn't recommend doing them all on one t-shirt just maybe pick one or two ideas depending on the idea.