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11  Sharpie Tie Dye Unicorn T-Shirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: January 03, 2014 07:59:36 PM
The original post that inspired me: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0#axzz2pOF0kWso

I've been wanting to make my little girl a unicorn shirt using this method ever since I first saw the original post.



Here is a tutorial of how I did it.  Smiley

You'll need:
Sharpie pens in any colors you'd like
rubbing alcohol
a t shirt or fabric
sponge brush or watercolor brushes... I used some of my kids' brushes.
a frame of sorts to stretch your fabric so that it doesn't lay flat against any surface.

First I stretched the shirt over a plastic tote lid, so that the shirt itself was raised a bit & not resting flat against the plastic. I figured this would help keep the colors from running where I didn't want them to run. I think if you're doing a small area, an embroidery hoop or q-snap type of frame would work well too.


Next, draw your design on your fabric lightly. The colors are all going to go crazy & bleed into one another, so you don't have to be precise.  Wink


Note: This is what the ink looks like before and after you brush on a little rubbing alcohol.


Then loosely color it in leaving white spaces in between your lines to avoid it getting too muddy looking.


Next, you brush on the rubbing alcohol all over the areas you want the color to explode & run together. Note that it's sometimes going to go where you don't expect it to... as Bob Ross would say, these are happy accidents. Especially on a kiddo's unicorn shirt!  Wink


You can add more color & rubbing alcohol as needed to get your desired effect. I did more linework & shading here...


Finally, you'll want to heat set your sharpie ink before you wash your shirt. I let it dry completely & ironed it.

My little girl loved it! I hope you find yourself inspired to try this method & come up with your own fun designs! Smiley



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12  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: December 30, 2013 08:06:44 PM
Here are photos of my little growing village of holiday wonderment! I love that there are so many different designs! Each is it's own work of art!

darling house by goatgoddess:

blue & sparkly house by FaeMystique:

Laetari's sweet Southwestern style house:

Ludi's gingerbread cuteness house:


With houses this cute, I think it would be so fun to shrink down & play in them! Thank you everyone!
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13  Re: Vintage Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: December 16, 2013 10:06:17 AM
Just look at the amazing hoop I received from Kittykill! We love it & will keep it up all season long! I'm blown away by the sheer size of it & how lovely the stitching is. It's also very sentimental to me because of a story my Nana told about one of her Christmases long ago & riding in a sleigh.

Thank you so much Pam! It has a very warm & happy home with us!  Smiley





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14  Yuki the Magic Bunny - Christmas Photo Fun in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by I Sew Cute on: December 13, 2013 05:53:26 AM
I've been taking fun photos of my bunny over the past couple years & most recently had some fun photographing her for the holiday season. She is usually very agreeable in doing these little photo shoots & is rewarded with a bit of oatmeal & lots of pats when we're done. She's a very pampered house bunny.  Grin





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15  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing? 2011-2013 in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by I Sew Cute on: December 10, 2013 11:47:36 AM
I'm doing the happy dance! My reindeer glitter heart necklace is featured in the etsy finds "(ugly) sweater weather" today!
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16  Monkey-Nog Milkshake Recipe in Winter Holidays by I Sew Cute on: December 08, 2013 06:19:47 PM
Monkey-Nog

1 cup milk
2 small bananas or 1 large banana
1/2 cup egg nog
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional - sprinkle in some nutmeg to taste

Blend & enjoy! *giggity*

I was in the mood for a milkshake, but being so close to the holidays & having egg nog on hand, I thought I'd make it festive. I wanted to add more nutrition, so then I put in a couple of bananas & came up with this epic monkey-nog shake! It was so good!

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17  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: December 02, 2013 05:52:15 PM
Ornaments galore! I'm so excited to have such a lovely handcrafted collection!

First, here are lovely blue & white pieces by gala_apples! I love these especially because it's a craft I don't do!



These cuties are made by the talented Ratfinkz & I'm thrilled they survived the long journey across the pond! I love the glitter!!!



Kimchery's felt owl is the cutest thing! The colors are so Christmasy!!!



Avesthel also made a super cute retro style felt ornament! Love the bead detail that makes it sparkle!!



What a darling angel! Like a flower fairy! I love her sweet face koalascout!



Last but not least, the fun & funny melted snowman ornament by JillHogan! My boy's favorite! Smiley



Thank you so much everyone! This swap was super fun & I love having all your handcrafted pieces be a part of the festivities this year! They're wonderful! Wink
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18  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 05, 2013 07:28:37 PM
I really love those bells and just can not wait to receive mine!

It's on it's way...as of 5 days ago.  Lips sealed I know packages take a bit longer overseas, but it's been on it's merry way already. Wink

I received my delicate starfall ornament from goldfishpollywog! It's so pretty & will look lovely on our tree! Thank you so much for crafting for me goldfishpollywog. Smiley
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19  Skylanders Swap Force Jack o' Lantern - Wash Buckler - Pumpkin Carving in Halloween Decor and Parties by I Sew Cute on: October 28, 2013 10:52:16 AM
We finally picked out our pumpkins this weekend & the kids had definite ideas of what they wanted to carve. My daughter went with a traditional pumpkin face, but my boy who always has to do something different wanted to carve one of the skylanders swap force characters. He did a sketch & I translated it into a doable jack o' lantern pattern.

Here is Wash Buckler!  Smiley


My boy had fun doing the messy job...cleaning out the pumpkin. We're saving the seeds for toasting & some for planting next year.

I drew the pattern on the pumpkin in sharpie marker.

Detail of pattern...

Once the face was carved, I cleaned off the sharpie marker with a paper towel soaked in bleach...it rubs the black marker right off. 

We put a little battery powered lantern light inside to really make it glow since it was such a large pumpkin... 37 lbs!

This is what we used as reference for the skylanders swap force character.

This was my babygirl's more traditional design. Wink


Happy Halloween!
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20  Re: Creepy Cute Stuffie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 26, 2013 11:35:10 AM
The Anubis Mascot is so super cool & the reverse voodoo doll is an awesome concept & even cuter-creepy character! What great talent we have here!  Wink

I received today from milkeway and I couldn't be more pleased! I promise to give him, her, them a good home! They need names & I'm kind of partial to Walter & Jesse since I have a thing for Breaking Bad. Cheesy If they look more like a Betty & Don to you guys, I can go that route too.  Wink
Loving that they're dressed for Halloween!



We also agreed to some little extras & she made/sent some fab treats!

Little polymer clay pumpkin:

This sweet bunny...looks like my Yuki!

I got an eraser too & we can always use one of those at my house! Seems they're worn off all the pencils! How did she know?  Cheesy


Thank you for being an awesome swap partner milkeway! I'm over the moon with it all & hope you love what I sent as well!  Wink
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