This is a repost of a tutorial that was on Blue Cricket Design back in June, in case you missed it. It used to be called the Summer Starfish Top – but it’s almost the end of summer so I had to rename it. :)
I fell in love with a cute Target top – again. :) And since we’ve decided that it’s ok to make over tops that aren’t that expensive, just because we can, here we go!
Here’s my Starfish Top:
Perfect for summer right? And pink of course.
Here’s a picture of the original version taken with my handy phone spy camera.
It was actually cuter in person. :)
Want to make your own? Here’s what you need:
A t-shirt, two sponges, fabric paint, and some sequins.
Cut your sponges into starfish shapes. (Note: Why do sponges always feel wet when they come out of the package? Is anyone else grossed out by this??!)
I used two different textures – because I wanted the starfish layers to look a little different. And they’re a little lopsided – I liked that look and the sponges are rectangles so you have to kind of play with the design so you don’t have a funky short legged starfish.
Make sure you put something between the front and back of the shirt. This paint will go through. I used freezer paper, but you could use cardboard or whatever you have on hand.
Sponge on the darker color first, placing them at random down the shirt and changing the angle of the starfish as you go.
Now because I’m an impatient crafter I got out my hairdryer to speed up the drying process. :)
Once the first layer of paint is dry, you can stamp on the lighter layer. Vary the angle of these starfish so they aren’t laying exactly on top of the darker starfish.
At this point you could stop if you don’t want to add in the sequins – but I loved the idea of a little sparkle on the starfish. If you add them in, sew by hand 5 or 6 sequins in the center section of each starfish.
And ta-dah! You have an easy summer top!
If you’re not into starfish – you could do all sorts of things- swirly shapes or flowers or whatever!