A Lazy T-Shirt DIY

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today, I'm celebrating two huge accomplishments. 1) The only DIY project I've done in one sitting and 2) The second DIY ever on my blog. Woohoo! To be honest, I have a very short fuse when it comes to projects because I either get bored with them, realize they take too long, include a lot of power tools, etc. I promise to only post things here that I actually do from start to finish so long as I'm not fighting the urge to toss it in the trash at the end (which should provide reassurance that you absolutely can do them, too).

Here's what you'll need:
An Idea
Fabric "Crayons" (I used these from Pentel -$4)
T-Shirt ($2.25)
A piece of white printer paper

1: Wash your shirt

2: Pick Your Design: I was inspired by a shirt in a clothing store for my design, but I didn't want to buy their version of it because it was WHITE (read: stain magnet) and it had gray arrows. You can either create a stencil for your design or you can wing it, like me. Some people call this freehand, but I think that's a little too professional sounding for my own drawing skills.

 *If you mess up, wash it off, it's not permanent until you iron over it.*

3: Draw to your heart's content and then get out your clean sheet of white paper, plug in your iron (use a dry, medium setting) and iron over your design once for about 10-15 seconds. This makes it permanent.

You'll notice that the paper has some of your design on it and you might start to freak out like I did. But no, you did not melt it and it will all be okay and now you're DONE! 

I decided to be a little bit of an overachiever and cut my crew neck into a V-neck, shorten the shirt, braid the extra cloth, and attach that to the neckline. Phew. That tutorial is for another day, my friends.

Outfit Details: Glasses: Coastal.com*// Tee- Jerzees from Joann's // Skirt: (actually a dress) Charlotte Ronson for JCP // Heels: Old Navy


  1. How fun! Ive always loved decorating my own clothes. Im not very artistically talented though, I think my best tshirt diy was when I did a skull ribs painted on a black shirt for halloween one year. It actually came out pretty darn well if I do say so myself.

  2. Be careful, it's a slippery slope, soon way too many of your things will be drawn upon. ;) Looks great, I love the arrows. Arrows would be great for school pride over here, GO NOLES!

  3. What fun this is! I too am terrible about finishing DIYs, but I am pretty sure I could draw on a shirt. I love arrows!


  4. This is so cute! I might just have to do this with an art major friend of mine. Definitely something to keep in mind since I've been wanting a graphic sweatshirt :)

    Theatricality by Mariah

  5. This is so simple, and so fun! I've always wanted to do something like this. SO cute!!


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