How to Decorate Girls' T-Shirts


Scrappy Scrunchy & T-Shirt
Scrappies can go in the hair and on a t-shirt.
Scrappies can go in the hair and on a t-shirt.
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Be the first on your block with this wearable craft decorated with tie-dyed scrappies! This kids' craft is so easy and fun, you'll want to make several coordinated t-shirts and scrunchies -- one for every day of the week!

What You'll Need:

  • 1/3 yard white cotton fabric
  • Rubber bands
  • Fabric paints: green, pastel blue, lavender, fuchsia, and turquoise
  • #10 flat paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Pink t-shirt
  • Cardboard/shirtboard
  • Erasable fabric marker
  • Wax paper
  • Fabric glue
  • Hair elastic

How to Make Scrappy Scrunchy & T-Shirt:

How to Make Scrappy Scrunchy & T-Shirt:

Fasten 3 rubber bands around fabric pieces.
Fasten 3 rubber bands around fabric pieces.
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Step 1: Measure and cut 3 pieces of 1 fabric 10x12 inches each. Wet all pieces of fabric. Squeeze out most of the water. Fasten 3 rubber bands around the 3 pieces. (This will not require rubber gloves because fabric paint is nontoxic and washable.)

Step 2: Put a small amount of paint into each paint bottle lid. Moisten the brush with water and stir the dye so it is a little thinner. Clean the brush with water every time you change colors.

Paint fabric pieces with the different colors.
Paint fabric pieces with the different colors.
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Step 3: Paint one rectangle fuchsia and turquoise, one green and pastel blue, and the last pastel blue and lavender. Take out the rubber bands. Lay fabric pieces flat or hang them to dry.

Iron fabric pieces to set the paint.
Iron fabric pieces to set the paint.
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Step 4: Iron to set the paints, according to the directions on the paint bottle.

Cut fabric pieces into 24 strips.
Cut fabric pieces into 24 strips.
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Step 5: From each 10-inch piece, cut 24 strips. The strips will be 10 inches long and between 1/4 and 1/2 inch wide. Do not be too concerned about making each strip the exact same width.

Set fabric strips into 5 piles of 6 strips.
Set fabric strips into 5 piles of 6 strips.
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Step 6: Put 2 strips of each color together, so you have 5 piles of 6 strips. Make the ends as even as you can. The rest of the strips will be used for the scrunchy.

Use one of the strips to tie a knot around the bundle.
Use one of the strips to tie a knot around the bundle.
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Step 7: Remove a strip from each of the 5 piles. Fold the other strips in half. With the extra strip, tie a double knot around the top of the bundle, about an inch from the fold.

Fan out the strips in the bundle.
Fan out the strips in the bundle.
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Step 8: Separate the top strips above the knots, so they make little fan shapes.

Step 9: Put the t-shirt on a flat surface. If it hasn't finished drying, put it on a cardboard or a shirtboard before moving it.

Step 10: Make a dot with the fabric marker 2 inches down from the center of the neck seam. Measure 3 inches from the center dot on either side and make a dot. (Be sure dots are 2 inches down from neck seam.)

Make five dots below the neck seam of the t-shirt.
Make five dots below the neck seam of the t-shirt.
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Step 11: Repeat on right and left sides of last dots made. You will have 5 dots. Put wax paper inside the t-shirt.

Glue scrappies to the t-shirt.
Glue scrappies to the t-shirt.
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Step 12: Glue the knotted side of a scrappy to a dot. Repeat with the other dots, so you have 5 scrappies on the t-shirt. Let the glue dry.

Tie remaining strips onto hair elastic.
Tie remaining strips onto hair elastic.
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Step 13: Using the remaining strips, tie them onto a purchased hair elastic. Trim ends so they are even.

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