Travis came across this adorable blog, Sweet Verbena, knowing that I’d be addicted to all of her fun projects. (How right he was!) So I followed her cool t-shirt tutorial and made a super fun customized shirt for myself last week. Wanna see?
I started with a white shirt (I used a Target “boyfriend” tee— one of my favorite everyday t-shirts) and dampened it.
Then, after separating the front and back with a few plastic lids, I took Elmer’s glue (the blue gel kind… that’s important) and wrote the words to my favorite poem on the front. If you’re more artistic, you could draw a picture. Or you could do crazy squiggly lines all over the shirt. The possibilities are endless!
After the shirt and glue have dried (I waited overnight), grab your favorite hue of RIT dye and create a cool dye bath. (If it’s too hot, you’ll mess with the glue, so dissolve the dye into a few cups of super hot water first and then add it to a larger bowl of cool water before you submerge your tee.)
Rather than rinsing right away, wring out lay out your freshly-dyed tee and let it air dry until the majority of the moisture is gone. Then, soak it in cool, soapy water for 15 minutes to dissolve the last of the glue.
Wash & dry normally and enjoy your new creation!
Though this project was a bit time consuming, it was super easy and fun to make. I’m already plotting future shirt designs…
What do you think of this DIY tee? Have you ever dyed your own clothing? Anyone planning to try this out themselves? (You better send me pics of the finished product!)