Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DIY Notebook TShirt Tutorial

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It's almost that time {here in NY at least} for back to school! Although my daughter is 2 and has quite some time before I send her off on a bus...I wanted to make something for one of you amazing readers {well, not for you...for your kiddo}. First, here is a tutorial in case you don't win {or aren't the crafty type}:



You will need:




  • fabric paint in light blue and red
  • a foam brush
  • a t-shirt, onesie, or tank
  • cardboard or old cards
  • a new folder {or a old one in super condition}
  • iron
What to do: 
Step one: Wash, dry & iron your shirt.
Step two: place cardboard or a couple cards between the shirt so the paint won't leak through {sometimes I forget this step and end up with an un-giftable shirt...or one for keeps}
Step three: Spread light blue paint along the folded edge of your folder & starting with right below the bottom of the arm, press in as straight a line as you can. {no need to be perfect and it's a-ok if some spots are missed. I think it looks better that way.}


Step four: Use something as a spacer or measure even spaces and continue down the shirt with the lines. {mine were a little over an inch apart}


Step five: Wipe the blue paint off the folder edge as much as you can {or use a second folder} and on to the red paint. Spread the paint and make the line a little to the right of the right arm. {unless your folder is the length of the shirt, you will need to re-apply some red paint and line it up to continue down the rest of the top}.


And there you have it. A cute back to school DIY top for your little cutie. Best thing is, it can be for a girl or boy {if you use a boy tee}! You can even do the back if you'd like. Just try to make the lines with the same spacing to match in the back. 



If you make one I'd love to see it! Email me or post it to my Facebook wall



54 comments:

  1. This is adorable! Such a cute & unique idea!

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  6. This is AWESOME!! Visiting you from Cherished Bliss! Thanks for sharing you did a great job!!
    I'm your newest follower yayyyy!!!

    Cheers!
    Lilli
    http://onestopbabygifts.blogspot.com

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  7. This is great! Super cute! My mind immediately went to a few well-placed embroidery "doodles" like kids (and some of us that aren't kids!) make on paper. :)

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  8. LOVE love love this idea!!! so adorable! Thanks for sharing

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  9. Oh yes... so going to make one of these!! Ca-yute!!!

    <3,
    Sharla @ {It's A Muegge Life}
    itsamueggelife.com

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  10. This is adorable. What teacher wouldn't swoon over this walking in her door the first day of school.

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  11. Love it! I have to try one for my little girl!

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  12. Thank you all so much! I was so excited to share this with you all!

    I'd love to know if anyone makes it. You can come share on my new Flickr Group page:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/tutusandteapartiesblog/

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  13. that is so creative. my 23 year old is going to make one for herself! great tutorial.

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  14. Wow! This is just awesome!! Thank you so much for linking to It's a Party!

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  15. How super duper CUTE!!! I want to make one of these for sure!! Thanks for the great tutorial!! ;)

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  16. This is super cute! Thanks for linking up at the party! I'll be featuring it tomorrow on my blog!


    Smiles,
    Melanie

    Reasons To Skip The Housework {The Blog}
    Tinker B Boutique {The Shop}

    {skipthehousework@hotmail.com}

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  17. Wow Melanie! I am so excited! Thank you so much. I absolutely love your blog. :)

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  18. That's so clever! I love the notebook t-shirt!

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  19. What a great idea... I am teaching a 3rd grade creative writing class at our homeschool co-op and I think we are going to make these as a craft project... Thanks for sharing... ( I might even make myself one as the teacher...)

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  20. very cute! I found you via Dollar Store crafts and wanted to stop by and tell you how much I like this idea.

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  21. this is such a cute shirt! i came over from dollar store crafts - your blog looks great. i look forward to reading through...

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  22. I came over from dollar store crafts too. My 23yr old daughter is making one for herself to match the costume she made for Odyssey of the Mind in 2nd grade when she was a piece of notebook paper filled with math homework. The title will be "What I did on my summer vacation". Wonderful idea.

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  23. I found this thanks to Dollar Store Crafts and love the idea! I think I'm going to try it on a onesie for my beautiful 7 week old girl :)

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  24. I am so happy you all are liking this tutorial! I'd really, really love to see it if you make it! You can post on my Facebook, email me, or put it up on my Flickr page (linked above).

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  25. This is just adorable! I am a teacher at a high school, and what a cool graphic tee idea...I can make it for my teacher friends too! Love it!

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  26. As a teacher I find this absolutely adorable. I would wear this myself for open house! It would totally work with a literature quote since I'm an English teacher.

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  27. This is adorable! I really want to make the shirt for my two girls and one for myself! Great tutorial. Thanks!

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  28. Cute post! I'm having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

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  29. Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

    I would so love to see it if anyone has done this! Feel free to share on my FB page or shoot me and email.

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  30. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

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  31. At the end of the school year my kids wear a white t-shirt for friends to sign- this would be so perfect for that!

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  32. Peggy, that sounds fun! What a great keepsake those shirts will be. :)

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  33. I really want to do this, however I think I want to use a fabric marker and write on it-may make some for friends with how awesome they are to me etc...thank you so much for the idea!!!

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    1. That sounds great! I hope you get to make some. I'd love to see if you do! :)

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  34. Hey there, You have done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they'll be benefited from this website.

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  35. Thank you so much for this project - I think I am going to make them for my daughter's end of the year sleepover and let all the girls sign each others shirts with Sharpies. I would also do this on pillow cases for girls to sign at graduation sleepover - too bad I don't have a graduate this year!

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    1. That would be so awesome! Love your pillowcase idea too. That would be super cute! I'd love for you to share on my FB wall or email me a photo if you make one! . :)

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  36. Love this! I am a teacher & I want to make one for myself to teach my students how to address their papers.

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    1. I am a want to be teacher (still waiting on a job) and what a great idea to use this as a tool to teach a lesson! I'd love for you to share on my FB wall or email me a photo of it if you can! . :)

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  37. I am a teacher and I am GOING to make this ASAP. I want to do front and back with math jokes that students have handwritten and left on my desk throughout the year. I think I'll scan them and print them on tshirt transfer paper. This is going to be great for casual Fridays.

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    1. Oh my goodness, how fun! I'd love for you to share on my FB wall or email me a photo when you make it! . :)

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  38. Making this for my Kindergartener and 1st grade sons to wear to their first day of school. I'm using fabric markers since that's what I had on hand. It's working great! Thanks for the clever idea.

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    1. Wonderful! I never really use fabric markers, but that seems to be a quick way to get this done! I'd love for you to share on my FB wall or email me a photo! . :)

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  39. Saw this on pinterest! So cute and creative. Love it.

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  40. Oh that came out great, I just love the whole idea of it. And it is a lot easier to make than I thought it would be, I just may have to make this for my daughter she started Kindergarten and this shirt is just too cute. I would love for you to share this on our made for or by kids linky http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2012/08/we-made-that-linky-1.html

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    1. Thank you so much! On my way to link up now...

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  41. Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire last week! We'll be featuring YOU tonight! Be sure to come by, grab a button and link up some more fantastic projects!

    xo,
    Kimberly
    http://anightowlblog.com/category/create-inspire

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