DIY DIY fashion t-shirt

DIY Spine T-Shirt: Project Reimagined

October 4, 2012
DIY White T-Shirt Refashion

So when Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus asked me to be a part of an awesome little blog collaboration called “Project Reimagined,” I was super excited. I’ve been a huge fan of Lindsay’s blog ever since I stumbled upon her wooden branch buttons a while ago and I’ve admired her go-get-em and crafty attitude ever since. 🙂
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Project Reimagined is a DIY challenge that Lindsay created to inspire people to think outside the box and see things for more than what they are. For Project Reimagined, a handful of different bloggers are all given the exact same item and asked to turn it into something new. This week’s project starts with a plain white tee shirt, and it has been reimagined by Lindsay of course, Katie of Lemon Jitters, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel, and me! (Not a bad crowd to be in.) 😉

If you want to be a part of “Project Reimagined,” just create a blog or Facebook post with a picture of something you’ve created from a plain white tee shirt, and link it up in the comments on this post! 🙂

How to Make the Spine T-Shirt:

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
The only things you really need for this project are a white t-shirt, some soft fabric paint or dye, some scissors, an empty bottle, and a paintbrush.

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
The first thing I did was drip about a tablespoon of soft fabric paint into an empty bottle and add some water. Diluting the soft fabric paint makes it behave more like dye. I love the streaks that it makes in the shirt when you hang it up to dry– and there is a little bit of glitter in the paint. 🙂

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
After you’ve hung your shirt to dry, lay it out on the ground and plan where you want your spine to go. I just made general little areas with a pen.

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
Cut em out! The spine shape does not have to be perfectly cut– I actually think it looks more edgy and less like you’re cutting little circles in the shirt if you make it a little rough.

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
After you’ve cut out all the spinal discs, just paint ribs on the back.

Spine Shirt
Here was my original source of inspiration. My roommate, Adele, bought this spine tank top from Urban Outfitters. (Not available online.) 🙁

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion DIY White T-Shirt Refashion

I took these photos this weekend when Sean and I were going on the weekly adventure to Trader Joes. It was so nice to walk around the Flatiron District. The Flatiron building is one of the most iconic buildings in NYC and used to be one of the tallest buildings in NYC in 1902. It is also the subject of my favorite Polaroid ever. 🙂

DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
DIY White T-Shirt Refashion
Be sure to go check out the other t-shirt refashions! There are some really, really cool ones. 🙂

This Week’s Blogger Projects

Shrimp Salad Circus White Tee Refashion Lemon Jitters White Tee Refashion The Proper Pinwheel White Tee Refashion Stars for Streetlights White Tee Refashion

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  • Lydia October 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    That's super cool!

  • Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus October 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I'm so thrilled to have you in on the first installment of this project, Stacie, and of course your project is fantastic! Very seasonally-appropriate, and probably something I'll end up coming back to for last-minute Halloween purposes. Love it!

  • StacieGrissom October 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you so, so much for organizing it, Lindsay! You're the best! 🙂

  • StacieGrissom October 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you so much, Lydia! You are so sweet!