Evening All! I haven’t managed to post for a few days this week as my other half has been away with work and it’s just been me and baby and rather hectic! But I am back today with this fun tutorial on how to make a bleach spray t-shirt – I am really pleased with how it turned out! I just went with a very basic shape for this first one to keep things simple, but I did risk a cut out bit! It was really easy to make so I am going to definitely try another one – I quite fancy making one with the Eiffel Tower on it!

What you will need:

  • Plain cotton T-shirt
  • Thin bleach
  • A spray bottle
  • A stencil

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For my stencil I used acetate paper, drew on a heart (I used a clip art picture to trace over so it was nice and symmetrical!) cut it out with a craft knife (just to get smooth lines and make the cutout bit easy but you could use scissors) and I attached it with what I had available (which was some double sided stick tabs like you use for scrap booking) but you could use a premade sticky stencil or make one like I did and stick it with double sided tape or adhesive spray

Instructions:

  • Make sure your t-shirt is clean and that it is wrinkle free
  • Insert something into the t-shirt to protect the back of the shirt from the bleach – I used another sheet of the acetate paper, but you could use cardboard
  • Attach your stencil to the shirt – place it on the shirt in the centre and press down firmly

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  • Pour a small amount of bleach into your spray bottle – you can use any spray bottle that produces a fine mist, I re-used one that had had face toner in. You could buy a new one or re-use one – just remember if you are reusing one to mark clearly that it now contains bleach! We dont want any accidents!
  • Gently spray a light coat of bleach onto the t-shirt all around the stencil from straight above. You dont need too much bleach to start with – it will start working almost instantly but take a couple of minutes to pull out all of the colour – try not to get impatient!
  • After a couple of minutes if you want it lighter give it another gentle spray

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Finally leave it to dry. When you are happy it is finished peel off the stencil and you are done!

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One note – if you were a little heavy handed with the bleach you may see some fine powder on the shirt when it is dry. This would be crystallized bleach. You must make sure this is removed before you wash the shirt or the bleach will reactivate and ruin the shirt. You might also like to wash the shirt once on its own to be on the safe side. But saying that I didn’t notice any such residue on mine, and I think you will be ok if you use a fine enough spray bottle.

So there we go, really straight forward! Do let me know if you try this, I would love to see any photos!

Lucy x

 

 

Evening everyone, I hope that you have had a nice weekend, its seemed very warm here after such a cold few days!

I have been busy today with various craft projects, and one I wanted to try out were these bookmarks. They are so simple, you only need a few things and they dont take very long to make, plus you could have a go at making these with older children which I think they would really enjoy.

What you will need:

  • Ribbon
  • 1 Button per bookmark
  • 1 hair elastic per bookmark
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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Method:

  1. Cut a length of ribbon – how long will depend on the size of the book – you want it to be long enough so that the ribbon and elastic together will stretch around the whole book but not so long that when you are marking the early chapters it is slack!
  2. Place one end of the ribbon over the elastic (aim to cover the join in the elastic) and stitch in place. Try and stitch it as close to the elastic as possible as that way the elastic cant move around

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3. Sew on a button at the other end of the ribbon – aim to fasten it on so that when you fold the ribbon over to catch the elastic over the button the stitching of the elastic is on the under side.4. Finally I just cut off a little ribbon to make it into a point so it didnt poke out the side of the buttons as I thought this looked tidier.

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And thats it, all done! As easy as that! You are now ready to get reading!

Have a go and let me know what you think 🙂

Lucy x

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I have been blogging for a month now, and in that time I have been thinking about what exactly I want my Blog to be, and what I want to include in it. I like having the parenting side of things and I like to have my Yarn Baby updates, but these are a little sporadic, so I think it would be nice to include some other crafts, as I do like to try a range of different things, and I think this would tie in nicely with Yarn Baby. I’ve therefore decided to do a How To series of fairly easy crafts that don’t require a specific skill so that other people can have a go at them, some for adults, some to make for kids and some to make with kids.

For my first effort I have chosen to make a sugar scrub. I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately looking for homemade beauty recipes, partly because I think its pretty cool that you can make things with so few ingredients, and partly because I think they will make nice Birthday and Christmas presents this year – I am trying to spend less this year as my maternity leave money is going to run out soon!!

A sugar scrub seemed a good place to start as I already had all the ingredients in the house – bonus!

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Coconut Oil
  • 3 parts Granulated white sugar
  • 2-4 drops Food colouring
  • 10-15 drops of Essential oil
  • Jar to store it in. I chose a 500ml Kilner jar, so my quantities for the oil and sugar were 125g and 375g.

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Instructions:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds until melted
  2. Pour the sugar into the oil and mix – if it is a bit too wet then just add a little more sugar
  3. Add the food colouring to make the desired colour
  4. Add the essential oil as required to achieve the scent you want
  5. Store in an airtight container

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For my first test batch I used a yellow food colouring and a honeysuckle oil that I had, but the possibilities are endless! I think a pink/purple colour and lavender oil would make a great gift, and I have a lovely christmassy spicy orange scent from the Body Shop which I really want to try out for myself!

I used mine in the bath the other night and it really does work very nicely. The sugar is scrubby enough (I dont like scrubs that dont feel like they are doing anything!) and the oil offers a nice amount of moisture.

I think in a Kilner jar with a pretty label or gift tag this would make a lovely present for someone 🙂

Let me know if you have a go at making this and what you think of it!

 

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Lucy

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