Published on January 20th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain1
Safety Pin Sweatshirt
This is a really fun shirt for teens and ‘tweens to create. All you need is a sweatshirt and some safety pins. Beyond that, you can get as creative as you want. Great for teens that want to express themselves in clothes, but you don’t want to spend and arm and a leg on the same clothes at the local Hot Topic. This safety pin sweatshirt cost me less then $10. The shirt itself was a generic Hanes regular sweatshirt. I cut off the collar and then added a box of safety pins. Another maybe $3. of course, if you have a bunch of them at home, less cost is even better.
Obviously I try to let my minions express themselves, but I also have a line in the sand they are not allowed to cross. I think this sweatshirt is adorable and with a thick strap tank top is cute off the shoulder.
Cute shirt, and totally up to you how to create it. Use more or less safety pins, more or less cuts in the shirt, even maybe do a larger cut across the shirt instead of the painted on skull and crossbones.
First, cut your collar off. To give mine a v-neckline, I folded the shirt in half, then trimmed around to cut into a V shape. Have your model try it on, or try it on yourself, then mark with chalk the areas you plan on putting your pins.
The chalk easily washes off.
Next, make your cuts. I pull the fabric up , and trim with my scissors horizontal to the fabric, this gives me an oval cut.
Next, I put the two cut edges together, and put my pins through. I used pins all the same size. And I tried to line the insertion points up. Putting the pin into the top of the safety pin all at the same spot.
Lastly, I just pull on both sides of the shirt, and the pins all slide easily into place.
It’s really a personal choice on how many pins you want to put across your cuts, you can do just a few, or many as I have done. The key to making the shirt look professional is to have the pins line up as evenly as possible.
Next, I felt the shirt needed something, so I went back to my old trick of using Freezer Paper and cutting out a shape.
I found this skull and crossbones in Cricut Craft Room and sized it to fit the shirt.
After I put the freezer paper onto my cutting mat, I was able to cut it out. You do not have to chose this step, you can cut out whatever you want from the freezer paper, either tracing a shape or free handing whatever drawing you want.
Use an iron to iron on the paper shiny side down to your fabric. I set my iron on medium settings.
Next, my favorite fabric ink is Yudu. You can buy from Cricut.com, but craft stores now sell many fabric paints that are durable. Just follow the directions on the packaging.
I use a scraper to pull my paint across the shape. You can use an old credit card as well – or a really stiff piece of cardboard.
Put little dollops of paint across the shape, to create a marbled effect. and you’ll need more at the top of the design then at the bottom.
Gently scrape the paint down and across the design , swirling and marbling as you go. Careful, too much will just make mud. So stop as quickly as you can.
Allow to dry overnight, follow directions on the paint. My paint is heat set, so after it was dry, I put it in the dryer on hot heat for about 15 minutes.
Now you are ready to wear your creation.