A few weeks ago, I went shopping on the clearance rack at target looking for a shirt to do a bleach tutorial on. I had all these great ideas about how to show you guys how easy it is to make your own personalized shirts with something as simple as bleach and water.
I found the perfect shirt! It was mint green and slouchy, and it was $5! I got home, removed the tags and tossed it in the wash to prep it for my tutorial. I went ahead and filled up the washer with remaining dirty clothes, including some of his work clothes. He let me know the next day that when we went into the dryer to grab his work clothes, he also found his work pen, in pieces with the ink cartridge missing. Hooray…
I checked all the clothes and everything made it through without a mark, except my new mint green shirt for my tutorial. It had 3 huge blue pen marks on the left side. I was so bummed because the tutorial I had in mind had nothing to do with the left side of my shirt, and now the entire shirt was ruined. I was about to throw it out when I remembered that I had bought some gold glitter clothes vinyl a few weeks ago! So now I am going to show you how to repurposed those stained clothes into new fashionable clothes! And it’s so super easy.
The glitter vinyl is from Cricut, and you can buy it at Michael’s or Joann’s. You don’t get much, about 1×1.5 feet, so make sure you use a coupon and grab a couple. Online they have it in Gold and Pink. There are also a lot of options on Amazon for Iron-on Fabric Vinyl.
Since my pen marks were on the seam and sort of random, I decided to just cut out some circles. You can most definitely use this in your Cricut for a specific pattern, but I had to improvise so I just hand cut a bunch of circles of varying sizes and shapes.
I’m not sure how other iron on vinyl is, but the Cricut brand has a clear shiny plastic on the top that peels off when you’re done. So keep that in mind when you’re placing your appliques (and make sure you mirror image anything like words or letters/numbers)
Use your iron on the highest setting to smooth over your area and prep it for the vinyl. Next, place your vinyl appliques onto the spot you want them to go, and run the hot iron over them for about 10-15 seconds.
Slowly and carefully adding additional pieces until you’re done, ironing over each new addition.
After all of your pieces are ironed down, flip your garment inside out and run the iron over it once more. Let it cool for about 5 minutes.
Next, carefully peel off the protective clear covering on your iron on pieces. Once your piece is cool, these guys come off really easily.
And your shirt is done! So easy, right? I had to take a selfie to show you me wearing it… but it didn’t come out too bad! Everyone thought I bought the shirt that way and asked where I got it. No one had any clue that this shirt almost made it into the “rag” pile.
My bathroom lighting isn’t the best, so maybe next time I wear this out and about I will have someone snap a photo of me in it.
I already have another idea for this stuff! And I can’t wait to buy more! I want to make some fun stuff for the kids!
Do you have any favorite pieces that are now ruined by ugly stains? Would you do a wardrobe revamp with some iron vinyl?
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