Posts Tagged ‘summer’

T-shirt Bracelets

Hello! Today I just have a little bonus post to show you a cute little project I did this week. I was making yet another DIY tank top(for a little friend of mine) and, as always, I felt that it was a waste throwing both sleeves away after cutting them off. I decided to try to make a bracelet or two out of them. At first I didn’t think that I would have enough material for making a bracelet, but I soon found out that I had more than enough! I got about three bracelets out of both sleeves combined. I made fishtail bracelets, but if I would have done just a simple braid I probably could have gotten more bracelets out of it. Here are a few pics of the finished product:

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These bracelet are a great use of leftover scraps from cutting up a shirt, and are also a cute addition to any fun, summer outfit!
<3,
Craft-d-Girl

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Square Knot Racer-back Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m sure it seems as if I have abandoned this blog, but I haven’t! I have been on vacation, and have been busy, busy, busy! Well, to make up for the lost time I have quite a few posts planned which includes two tutorials! One of the tutorials I am doing today, and I promised in a previous post to do it. I really hope you like the way I did this tutorial. If you can easily follow the steps, please like this post, and if you have any comments or suggestions, please comment below! I also suggest that you take a look at my DIY: Racerback Tanktop before doing this craft.

*I already completed most of this tank top, and I have it turned it inside-out and it has a pillow in it to keep it taut while knotting.

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Have a great rest of the summer,

Craft-d-Girl

 

Getting ready For Summer?

I know I am! Today I have a craft I have been working on for the past few days. It is SO cute and summery– and of course, FUN!

I present to you another t-shirt DIY!! I really should have made you guys a tutorial, but I didn’t even think about it until halfway through! But I am planning on doing it again, don’t worry! 

This shirt was actually sort of an experiment because I had nothing to lose. My friend had an over-sized tie-dyed t-shirt that she said she wouldn’t wear and was about to give it away. I asked her if she wanted me to do a little craft magic with it before she decided to give it away, and she agreed. It is similar to my previous tank top, but this time I did couple new upgrades. This time, on the wrapping on the racer-back I did the common friendship bracelet square knot, and it added a really cute effect. I also tried fringe on the bottom for the first time!

So, here is the final product:

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I ended up a bit large, but it would be a great bathing suit cover-up! This craft definitely got me in the summer mood! So what do you think?

<3,

Craft-d-Girl

DIY: Racerback Tanktop

Hello fellow Crafters! Today I have a tutorial for you! I have noticed that recently on Youtube and Pinterest many people are making use of their old t-shirts fun again by turning them into tank tops. With the warm weather coming, I want to be equipped! I checked out quite a few tutorials and watched a lot of videos on YouTube  so I decided to try it out. I made my own tutorial for you guys, but if it is not clear enough for you, please leave a comment below 🙂

Warning: a lot of pictures!!

Ok, so let’s get started!

You will need:

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scissors

pen or chalk (for guidelines, optional)

 

 

 

 

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Cut off collar

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Cut off sleeves

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Next, draw an outline of your racerback

Next, turn your shirt inside out then draw an outline of your racerback. You can use a sports bra as a guide.

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Take the semicircle that was just cut and use it for the other sleeve

Take the semicircle that was just cut and use it for the other sleeve

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It should look something like this.

Next, cut about an inch off of the bottom of the shirt. cut off the seam of this strip...

Next, cut about an inch off of the bottom of the shirt. cut off the seam of this strip…

then cut it in half.

…then cut it in half.

Then, being careful not to rip the strip, stretch it so that it looks like this.

Then, being careful not to rip the strip, stretch it so that it looks like this. You will use this in the back of the tank top

At this point, put your shirt over a square pillow to make the following steps easier.

At this point, put your shirt over a square pillow to make the following steps easier.

Now you can see if you cut crooked on any of the steps this is a good time to fix them.

Now you can see if you cut crooked on any of the previous steps. This is a good time to fix them.

I also shaped the sleeves up a bit

I also shaped the sleeves up a bit

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The next step is to double know the long string you made around the racerback and wrap it around the shirt and then finish it off with another double knot.

The next step is to double know the long string you made around the racerback and wrap it around the shirt and then finish it off with another double knot.

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You can finish at this step, but you can also add string around the shoulders to the shoulders like I did.

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I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I did make a few mistakes though, so I may be making another one. I made it a little crooked on the back, hopefully it’s not too noticeable. But, for my first time, not too bad, eh?

Well, I really hope you like this tutorial!

~Craft-d-girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the Beach Home!

School will be staring soon, and everyone is coming home from vacation. But who really wants to leave the cool waves and the warm sand between their toes?

Well, I made a few crafts this summer that will help you with vacation withdraws, and at the same time give you some ideas for relaxing  beach decor for your home.

My first project was a seashell picture frame.(I actually made about five frames total!) These help you make use of those cute family vacation pictures and the seashells that you found on the beach(if you love beach combing such as myself).

The second project was a starfish banner. This banner is great for completing the “beach” look, and goes perfectly with the shell frames!

Keep reading if you would like step-by-step instructions on how to do each of these projects!

Project 1: Seashell Picture Frames

What you will need:

-seashells

-a wooden picture frame(I got mine at a craft store)

-sand colored spray paint( I chose a speckled paint so that it looks like sand)

-a hot glue gun

Step 1: Lay the seashells out on the picture frame

Step 2: Glue on the seashells

Step 3: Spray the shells and the frame with the paint, but don’t spray too thick because you still want the seashell ridges to show through

Step 4: Let dry for 24 hours

Step 5: Admire!

Project 2: Starfish Banner

What you will need:

-starfish from a souvenir shop

-hemp(twine)

-a hot glue gun

Step 1: Tie a knot with the hemp around a point of a starfish(if you have trouble tying a knot, you could also just secure the hemp to the back of the starfish with glue)

Step 2: Secure the knot with glue

                           Continue steps 1 and 2 until the banner is as long as you want.

Step 3: Hang the banner near your seashell frames, or anywhere you wish!

Well, I hope that you found this helpful, and will help you create even more awesome crafts!

And remember to check out the sleuth kits for sale! There are only four left! Take a look here.

Have a great rest of the summer!

~Craft-d-Girl

P.S. Please comment if you make  these crafts!

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