1. Grab a striped shirt and twist it at the center. Keep rotating until it looks like a swirl (this is my favorite tie-dye method).
2. Place rubber bands around the shirt to secure it, then choose a dye color. I used Rit Dye in royal blue, but natural indigo dye is also a great choice. You can also use multiple colors—get wild!
3. Once the dye is mixed, either totally submerge your shirt in the dye bath for a few minutes or put dye into a squeeze bottle and apply. This is the fun part! Don’t forget to do both sides.
4. When you’re done, put the shirt in a ziplock bag for a few hours.
5. Remove it from the bag and unfold, then rinse it under water until the water runs clear. Launder according to the dye's instructions.
1. Lay your tee flat with the front facing up. With a pencil, mark about a half inch in from the top of the armhole, along the shoulder seam.
2. Mark about two inches down from the bottom of the armhole, along the side seam (feel free to go lower at your own risk of having less coverage).
3. Draw a straight line down from the shoulder and then into a curve to meet your mark at the side seam. Flip and do the same on the back.
4. Cut along your pencil line, making sure you’re only cutting one layer at a time.
5. Fold your tee in half and trace your armhole shapes on the front and back from your cut side and cut along your pencil line. You now have the basics. If you want to show more skin, feel free to cut away fabric as you wish!
1. Design your monogram! You can print it out from the computer or draw it by hand.
2. Decide where to place your monogram and pin it into place. Use a small embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taut while you work. (Tip: If you are working on a very stretchy knit, you may want to use a small piece of iron-on interfacing on the back side of the fabric to stabilize it. You can buy it online or at any craft store. Make sure to cut the interfacing down to the size of your monogram before ironing.)
3. Trace the monogram onto your shirt. If you’re working on a dark fabric, use a white chalk pencil.
4. Start stitching. DMC’s website has some great stitching techniques. I used the split stitch technique.
5. OMG! Your monogram is complete! Tie off your thread, remove the hoop and iron the area.
1. Pick your favorite patch or patches (think about the look you're going for: subtle, unexpected or all-out fun!).
2. Set your hand iron at the hottest temperature setting (do not use steam).
3. Lay your tee flat and place your patches wherever you want them, then place a pressing cloth (you can use a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase) over the top.
4. Press the iron straight down for 30–45 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible. Turn the garment inside out, place the pressing cloth on this side and repeat.
5. Allow the patches to cool down and voilà!
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