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Six things to do with a white shirt


Simple can be best! Anya Brighouse turns her resourcfulness into another subject. This time its the plain white t-shirt. Have a look at these six clever ideas for creating cheerful designs for kids' everyday wear.

Six designs fordecorating a white T-shirt

1. Buttons, stitches and bows
The buttons came from Spotlight and are just randomly stiched on. I also did a small white vest with a red running stitch around the arm holes and neckline, then added a small red bow.

2. Tie dying madness
I just googled tie-dying and got all sorts of interesting information. I used rubber bands to tie the shirt up and then suspended only half of the shirt in the dye so that the main colour was very strong.

3. Tea and lace
A T-shirt from The Warehouse and dyed it in tea so I got a soft cream shade instead of bright white, using info from internet. The lovely lace pieces are from Geoff's Emporium and are collar lace. Also there is an amazing lace shop in Onehunga. It is full of all sorts of bits and pieces and is well worth a look for some little treasure.

4. Fabric paint
I used the 'autobots" insignia on Theo's T and a skull and cross bones on Charlies. I just got a shape off the internet and cut it out in tracing paper - then drew round it on the t-shirt. You can also cut the shape out in cardboard and then use it like a stamp, like I did with the skull and cross bones.

5. Quilting squares
I used some spare fabric ironed into shape and sewed it straight onto the shirt. Quick and easy and a great little effect.

6. Flower power
I took a lei apart and arranged part to look like a flower with a button in the centre.

The lovely Resene colours we used were Resene Primetime - the fabulous turquoise, Resene Jaguar - the scary black, Resene Jalapeno - my new favourite red and Resene Clockwork Orange - a sunny orange.

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