Seeing as the weather is warmer, may I present to you the Sunshine ribbon t-shirt “summer” edition. More like I have tons of ribbon to use up and wanted to surprise my kids when they get back from
my vacation their vacation at my parents place.
Things you’ll need to do this:
– Grosgrain ribbon of your choice (I literally used whatever I had in my tupperware box of ribbon chaos)
– E6000 glue
– Plain white cotton t-shirt – these are from the George brand that you can buy at Walmart
– a plate or bowl you can afford to destroy (to put the glue on) and a plate or bowl in a size to compliment the t-shirt size your are doing your craft on
Trace a circle using your plate on a piece of paper. I decided to do a half sunshine because I thought it looked a bit fresher and modern.
Lay out your ribbon over the outline, mark with a pencil and trim ribbon.
Insert cardboard in between t-shirt layers to avoid glue seeping into both layers.
Put some E6000 glue onto your plate and using your finger pat down the glue on the backside of each ribbon and place the ribbon onto your t-shirt according to the sunshine pattern.
E6000 glue is VERY tacky and sticky, so you will probably be wiping your fingers throughout this process. The most important part is to ensure you coat the ends (just the back, not the front) of each ribbon. This seals the ends and prevents them from fraying in the wash. I usually hold the ribbon in my left hand and apply the glue with my right. That way your ribbon isn’t sticking to the table.
Let dry overnight. And you’ve got yourself a pretty darn cool sunshine t-shirt.
I’ve also done this in the shapes of Apples and Pumpkins and some Heart ones for Valentines. They are machine washable (no really they are) as long as you put them into the washing machine inside out and wash them cold water.
DO NOT under any circumstances put them in the dryer. Hang them to dry and they will last you as long as your kids don’t destroy them first.
Or if you’re making one for yourself, well then…just watch the wine.