Sunday, July 31, 2016

DIY: Graphic Tees without Iron on Transfers

It seems like it has become a yearly tradition for me to make one of these DIY graphic tee tutorials. This is a slightly different one from what I did last year which remains as my most popular post. You can check it out over hereThis one is slightly more tedious but you open up your options to make more intricate designs. 

Cute But Psycho Tee:

  1. Place the printout under your shirt. Mine was pretty sheer so the printout showed right through quite easily. If you are having trouble, you could use a light board underneath. If you don't have one, use a tablet with the screen brightness turned up. 
  2. Using the thin brush and fabric paint, carefully outline the words. 
  3. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. Iron on the back to set the paint. 

Brandy Melville Good Good Good Vibes Halter:


The easiest and fastest way to do this DIY would be to use an iron on transfer paper but it was a total fail for me so I simply outlined it like in the previous one. 

If you are using iron on transfer paper, remember to read the instructions of your paper. Typically, you would need to flip the image so that it looks mirrored before printing. Cut away as much excess as you can to reduce the amount of iron on paper being transferred. Go over the paper with an iron using the heat setting as recommended by your transfer paper. 

I think I heated mine way too low so the paper did not stick fully. Some parts stuck and I managed to peel off the backing paper at those portions but it mostly did not stick well and I had trouble peeling the backing paper off. Hence, the old fashioned method.

Embroidered Good Vibes Halter:

  1. It is a good idea to try on your shirt to determine where you would like the embroidery to go on. Mark out the general position.
  2. Slide the printout under your shirt like in the first tutorial and outline the design with a pencil.
  3. Once you've got your design outlined, take a needle and some thread and back stitch through the design. You can consider going over each stitch two or three times to make it thicker but I only did one for the entire outline. 
In case you are totally clueless on how to sew, you can watch my video for a better illustration on how I did it. But basically, knot your thread before threading it through the back of your shirt at the starting point. Thread your needle through a point slightly ahead to form the first stitch. Now that your needle is back on the under side of your shirt, you can start the back stitching process. Thread your needle one step forward again from the under side to the top side, then bring your needle back under by going through the previous hole. Go back up from the under side in the next step forward and back down using the same process. Finish your entire stitching process with a double knot. 


Saturday, July 30, 2016

DIY: Summer Daisy Clothes

All it takes is a bit of daisies to liven up your clothes and make them a hundred times cuter! Daisies are my all time favorite flowers and these are just a handful of ways to decorate your clothes with them. They are super easy 5 minute diys that can be done anytime!

Check out my YouTube video for this below!


  • Daisy appliques (mine came in the form of ribbon so I just cut them to separate them)
  • Clothes to upcycle
  • Hot glue gun/craft or fabric glue OR
  • Sewing equipment


Daisy Halter Top

I think this halter top was made popular by LF Stores when it was first released about two years ago. I always wanted one because it is so cute but I never bought one. So now that I have a spare stripe halter, I decided it would be a good idea to DIY one for myself! It is super easy and still cute for the summer. I paired them with high waisted acid washed shorts for a greater contrast.

  1. Decide where you would like to place your daisies on.
  2. You can choose to either glue them down or sew them on. I sewed mine one by threading my needle through the centers of the daisies a couple of times.

Daisy Trim Crop Top

Inspired by a daisy trimmed tank top that I own and a daisy trimmed bustier that I saw online, this sweetheart crop top is so feminine and girly with the added daisy details. This diy works best with loose flowy camis or a tight crop top with a sweetheart neckline.

  1. Since my daisy appliques came attached together as a ribbon, all I had to do was to glue them along the neckline of the cami. Alternatively, you can sew them down.
  2. Apart from lining the neckline, you may consider lining the straps for more daisy details.

Daisy Denim Shorts

Daisies on denim shorts are just the perfect combination. A light-medium wash pair of shorts works best. There are so many ways to decorate your shorts with these daisies so get creative! You could do rows of daisies across the front of your shorts, or line the pockets with daisies, or scatter the daisies all over. I would suggest using a hot glue gun to attach the daisies on because there may be a few hard to reach spots if you were to sew.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY and definitely do give it a go because it is quick and easy to do.