Monday, June 24, 2013

The Snitch Tee

What is the best book series in the whole entire world?  If you answered Harry Potter you are correct.  100 points to Gryffindor!

I'm always looking for new t-shirt ideas for Jackson and when I can throw a little Harry Potter in the mix it's just a great big golden bonus.  Speaking of golden, here is Jackson's golden snitch tee.

This is a hard shirt to photograph {mostly because it's always covered in dirt from a messy little boy who won't stand still}.  It's just a plain black tee, a painted snitch and hand embroidered detail and if you keep reading I'll tell you exactly how to make one of your own.

A few weeks ago the school age son of a friend of mine saw this shirt and begged his mom to go to the store to buy him one that very instant.  It was nice to know that the shirt was "cool" and that he recognized it as a snitch.

Jackson usually wears it with his mustard skinny cords.

Want to make your own??
  • t-shirt
  • interfacing
  • gold craft paint
  • gold embroidery thread
  • needle
  • iron
  • freezer paper stencil
Step 1:  Cut out an image of a snitch onto freezer paper.  You can trace a snitch onto paper and cut it out or you can print it directly onto the freezer paper and cut it out from there.  This makes your stencil.  You don't need any detail with the stencil just the outlined image.
Step 2:  Iron on a small rectangle of interfacing to the inside of the shirt in the area that you want the design.  This acts as a stabilizer for your embroidery.  Without it your image will come out wonky and will not hold shape over time {for reference the shirt you see in the picture has been washed dozens of times and still holds it's shape}.
Step 3:  Iron the freezer paper stencil onto the front of the shirt and use the gold paint to paint inside the stencil.  * You'll probably want to put a piece of card board inside the shirt before you paint to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back.
Step 4:  After the snitch is dry, add detail using embroidery thread.  There are many ways you can do this.  I didn't do anything technical, I just free hand stitched.  I really don't know anything about hand embroidery but according to this pin the technique I used looks similar to the "threaded running stitch".
And that's it!  The whole project took me about an hour to create while I watched Downton Abby for the millionth time.  You really can do so many things with this painting and embroidery technique you're only limited to your imagination.

This shirt and this boy are just so cool that the crazy Mamarazzi just can't stop taking pictures of them!

Alright, I'm off to go dig up my old Harry Potter books and read them all again! 
Are you as obsessed as I am? 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day Ideas From The Creative Vault

So Father's Day is coming up. I wish I had some new tutorials for you but it has snuck up on me.  If you're feeling the same I thought I'd share with you a few things I've done in the past so maybe you can feel inspired to make dad something before the big day.

Here's the Grilling Apron I made for my dad one year.
 {click HERE or on pic for more info}
And here's the really simple Father's Day Treats Done Two Ways:
{click HERE or on pic for more info}
And I didn't make these cupcakes but my talented friend Amy at Indulge With Me did.  She did these for her husband one year for Father's Day and I just adore them.  I mean, tiny BBQ's!!  Adorable.
{click HERE or on pic for more info}
I may try and tackle making these cupcakes for John.  So far all the direction the kids have given me is that dad should have some orange juice.  I guess it's a start.
What are you doing for dad this year?  Feel free to leave a comment or links in the comment section and share what you have planned.  I need some inspiration!
So grateful for all the great dads I know!
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