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Put a Bow on It

December 19th, 2012
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Whenever I make a trip home to Minnesota, it’s usually a given that I go thrifting with my friend, Sara, her husband, Trent, and their son, Logan. We hit up all the “good” thrift stores in St. Paul and the surrounding area and sometimes will head to the Salvation Army in Minneapolis that sells unsold and sample merchandise from Target in the basement. You never know what you’ll find, but that is the fun of thrifting! The last time I was home, Sara and I were on a mission to find a nice striped shirt for Logan as they were taking him on his first cruise. We had success in finding a simple red and gray striped shirt and I used the freezer paper stencil method to put a bow on it.

To make this project at home, print out the pattern above. Select a size and cut it out of freezer paper with a craft knife to make the stencil. Iron the freezer paper to the shirt with the waxy side down. Put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the shirt so the paint doesn’t bleed through the back. Use fabric paint (or mix in fabric medium to craft paint) and a sponge brush to fill in the stencil. Let it dry overnight and heat set it with an iron. Happy crafting!