Saturday, 4 May 2013

DIY Varsity Tee



Here's a super easy illustrated t-shirt DIY that highlights the Varsity/College trend that's popping up everywhere. You can sit down on a Sunday afternoon and have this done and dusted ready to wear during the week. I like to wear my tee with jeans and a leather jacket on a casual day. It's great to be able to wear one of your own creations and it's completely unique. Get creative and use numbers or words that are meaningful to you.



What Do I Need?
White Tee
Pencil and Ruler
Sketchbook/Design
Sharpie Fabric Pen 


I like to sketch out a design first on paper. Especially when it's going to become permanent. I used my ruler to measure out the letters. I googled 'varsity letters' for help on drawing these out. Although it's not perfect, I quite like that hand-sketched look. I added flowers to my design for a feminine touch to the sport style numbers.


Then it's time to transfer that design on to your tee. I found using a dark pencil lightly was the best way to go. Again I used my ruler to measure out the numbers and letters. I sketched a grid and found the center of the t-shirt. Add flowers here and there - some covering the lettering and others popping out from behind.


It's really easy to use a fabric marker - the material can drag a little but the best way to go is to press very lightly and follow each line smoothly. The design is not going to be perfect - but this is what gives it an illustrated 'sketchy' look that can be seen on many t-shirts in stores (ahem, Illustrated People.)


Once you've finished drawing, whip your t-shirt inside out and give it a iron on a medium heat. This ensures the marker pen is locked in. You can then machine wash your t-shirt as normal to remove any left-over pencil marks or guidelines. Your tee will wash again and again without fading or blurring. The lines stay sharp and this is why I love Sharpie pens! I'm really tempted to add some pink to the flowers too.

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For more of my DIY Friday tutorials visit my archive.

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15 comments

  1. This is such a cute idea! Looks lovely xo

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  2. Really nice tee, such a great idea! xxx

    Maddy from http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. This is such a gorgeous design, I'll definitely be doing this.

    Maxine, xx
    beautybeatsbooks.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Nice simple idea to make a plain top more interesting!

    Little Black Russian

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  5. Really like the design, doesn't look like a DIY at all!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  6. I have really been into illustrated tees lately and this is the perfect diy!! :D

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  7. You're so creative! Love this idea!

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  8. Hey,
    great! I think I need to try this!
    Love

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  9. This is such a cute diy
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    S xx

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  10. Ahh this idea is sooo good! Will definitely be trying it over summer :D

    xxx

    http://sarahslittlegems.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. oh wow so cool. www.turtok.com

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  12. This is amazing, mine would totally go wrong though :p
    Lucia's Loves Giveaway
    x

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  13. ...very cute. In the U.S. "86" is a slang term for getting rid of something or ejecting someone.

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