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I decided to enter my cupcake shirt tutorial!
HI! I made a bag/clutch!
My sister -who is way more fashionable than I- asked me to make her a clutch. She was very specific about how it would look and wanted it to basically be a knockoff of this:
This is a pouch from American Apparel that is selling right now for $68. It’s showing up all over fashion bloggy land and my sister has it on her radar but doesn’t want to pay $68 for it. I would actually kick her if she DID pay that for a zippered pouch, but that’s just me.
Soooo this was my creation:
Birthday Cupcake Shirt Tutorial
With the help of my crafty neighbor, who has almost the entire stock of Hobby Lobby fabric in her craft room (yay me!)- I was able to create my little girl’s birthday cupcake shirt. Here is the tutorial:
Fabric for cupcake bottom
Fabric for “frosting”
Ribbon for candles
Plain white tee
Iron on jewels for candle flame
Heat N Bond Iron on Adhesive
First I had to decide what fabric to use for the project. Like I said, my neighbor has an amazing stash so she saved me a ton of time and a trip to the fabric store. She helped me choose a purple fabric with pink flowers for the base, a pink rosette trim for the frosting, and green ribbon for the candles.
Next you need to apply Heat N Bond to your fabric that you plan on cutting out. Heat N Bond is purchased at the fabric store or Walmart and looks like this:
You then take the Heat N Bond and iron it to the back of the fabric by following the package instructions. Make sure the paper side is facing up.
Next I drew my cupcake base onto the paper side of the fabric and cut AROUND it to make a smaller piece to work with.
I then fold the fabric down the center of the cupcake in order to cut an even cupcake. Cut along the lines and you won’t have to worry about matching both sides up.
Now that I have the cupcake base, I take the paper off the back, place the Heat N Bond side down onto the middle of the T-Shirt, and iron it. The Heat N Bond will adhere the cupcake to the shirt for extra stability.
Next, I sew it onto the T-Shirt using a small zig-zag stitch in coordinating thread.
I then added the frosting by placing three tulle rosettes on the base of the frosting and adding two on top- creating a pyramid of fabric frosting.
I pinned these pieces into place using a stick pin inserted vertically and then sewed a line all around the edge with a straight stitch in pink thread.
Now I needed to apply the candles so I cut three candles from green ribbon and applied fray check to ensure that they wouldn’t fray. I also clipped the tops to create the tapered candle look.
Next I sewed the candle tops above the frosting using a contrasting straight stitch. I would recommend applying some adhesive to the backs of these because they kept moving around and annoying me.
Now I enlisted the help of my crafty neighbor- who has a bejeweling thingamajig and she added some jewels onto the candles for me.
BUT if you don’t have a super crafty neighbor with neato crafting toys- then you can easily do this yourself by using the iron on jewels that you can purchase at any fabric store or even Walmart! Just follow the package instructions.
A super easy T-Shirt and a super happy birthday girl!
My daughter’s three year old Birthday party was this past Saturday. Being the DIYer and frugal person that I am, I opted to have it at the house instead of at a location. This gave me the opportunity to do what I love- which is entertain my friends and family and craft. The theme was a storybook theme. One of the crafts I chose to do was to make a banner for the party that read “Once Upon A Time”. I was inspired by a trip to my FAVORITE place…the Dollar Tree.
1 book- for $1!!
Die cut letters (teacher section)
First I cut all the construction paper in half to make the base. Easy stuff.
Second, I pulled out pages of the book I chose to make an interesting backdrop for the letters.
On a separate note…when choosing a book from the dollar store…make sure you READ the pages first. This book: seemed innocent enough…I mean it has parrots on the cover; I ASSUMED it was about a lost bird. But upon further investigation into my little crafty time, it was discovered that this innocent bird book is a cover for a deeply disturbing sex novel filled with salacious scenes that made ME blush- and I’m 34! AND this was only the first THIRTY pages!!! I can’t even imagine what the rest of the book is about…which I might be buying again…you know…er…just out of curiosity…
After that little debacle- we (my trusty sidekick sister) and I were able to get to work making this super easy birthday banner.
Take a piece of the book page (WITHOUT sex scenes) and glue it onto a piece of construction paper:
Next, punch a hole in the top of the page and string a ribbon through to connect each piece. I used curling ribbon and we tied the ribbon to each individual page to stabilize it and keep it from moving around so much.
The result is an easy banner in what ever wording you choose!
This is why I love the Dollar Tree and will forever be checking the content of the books I buy from there!