Friday, June 24, 2011

linear design t-shirt...

99% of my wardrobe is made up of solid colored layering tees, tops, and cardigans.  There are a few prints and patterns thrown in, but I usually wear layered solids with fun accessories.  Seriously, I've got every color of the rainbow.

However, when it gets hot in the summer I don't like to wear layers as often... and a solid t-shirt with some cargo shorts isn't that exciting of an outfit.  So when I picked up some cheap cotton tees last week (that I can mostly wear without a layering tee underneath), I made a goal to do some simple embellishments to liven things up a bit.

I had this idea to use fabric markers to draw some kind of pattern with vertical lines that I couldn't get out of my head, so I gave it a shot--

It was a really easy way to a some interest to a plain ol' shirt.
Here's how I did it...

You will need:
a light colored t-shirt
fabric markers - I had a
Set of 10
Crayola fabric markers but Sharpie just came out with a
Set of 8, Assorted Colors
that I'd like to try...
a long ruler - I used my quilting ruler (and the excess marker wiped right off, so don't worry.)
cardboard or posterboard
a pencil
an iron

Start by putting a piece of cardboard in between the layers of your shirt.  I had a piece of blue posterboard lying around, so in it went.  Then I measured out my stripes at the bottom of my shirt like so:

I made my stripes 3/4" wide, and about 7/8" apart.  The tick marks are drawn with a pencil.  (They'll wash right out.)

Next, use your long ruler and fabric markers to draw your stripes.  

I did 5 lines per stripe and used different line lengths at the top to mimic the look of a notched ribbon.

I found that my marker tip would catch on the knit, so my lines varied in thickness.  Once I did all my stripes with a ruler, I went back and cleaned up each line free-hand.  (They still aren't perfect, but it looks good enough for me.)

After that, all you have to do is heat-set your design according to the directions on your fabric marker packaging and you're done.

More shirts to come...


  1. That is really cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. That's awesome! Bring on more shirts!

  3. Super cute! At first I thought it was fabric, then ribbon, but it's just markers! So simple and cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Saw you at Flamingo Toes Link Party. I think this came out so cute! So simple, with great results!

  5. Amazing! I would never have guessed it was markers! Great idea!

  6. This is a really cute idea and so simple!!! I love it and can't wait to try it!!

    Found you through Think Pink Sundays No. 16!!

  7. LOL I saw a shirt similar to this on Big Bang Theory, only with the lines going horizontal, and I so wanted to make it. This one is very cute and easy to make! Love it!

  8. I like it. I have a thing for strip patterns. I don't know why, but now I'm jonesing for this shirt. Might have to go whip one up!

  9. Great idea! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays!

  10. This is SO dog gone cute! Saw your post over at Not Just A Housewife and had to come by and check out the shirt. :)

  11. Very nice!

  12. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


  13. This is so absolutely cute! You can't go wrong with lots of lines and lots of color!

  14. I came over from Sumo's Sweet Stuff..this is such a cool idea!

    Freckles in April

  15. Excellent idea! I love your shirt

  16. I love this simple, yet so cute idea! I think I might have to try it out. I found your blog from the LDSETSY post. Love your blog & I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Take care,
    Shauna (LearnandGrow)

  17. I will try do this with about 4 strands of embroidery thread in different colours or maybe even a variegated thread.


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