Project Level: SEW EASY!
No sewing. No cutting.... Just t-shirts and embroidery hoops.... and a little bit of gansta rap.
Sometimes craft projects just hit me, very spur of the moment. I didn't plan this project. I was updating all the pictures in picture frames around my house after reading a feng shui tip that said to surround yourself with images/ art that inspire you. I ended up being inspired to do a whole nightstand makeover. New photos need new décor, obviously.
I needed artwork to sit behind all my treasures on my nightstand and bring the whole look together. So, I went hunting around my house for typical artwork- something on a canvas, a poster, a big frame. Then I saw my embroidery hoops. No, I don't embroider, but I do screen-print. I used these embroidery hoops as my screens many projects ago- no blog post on this.... yet. The size was perfect for what I was looking for.
Now, what to put in the hoops?? I love graphics and graffiti, anything bright and bold. Using my sewing fabric wouldn't have given me this look because typical fabric-by-the-yard doesn't come with such big graphics. But t-shirts do!
For my nightstand embroidery hoop I picked my BF's Rottweiler t-shirt. Isn't this the cutest? It's like a cute puppy version of the Givenchy Rottweiler shirt!
Our nightstands started out, many years ago, with layers and layers of horrible yellow paint. My BF and I stripped, re-stained, and added fabric to the drawer fronts to make them our style. I found the rustic antler lamp at the Christmas Tree Shop. I swapped out the rustic shade for a modern black one from Wal-Mart. My picture frames are thrifted, even the San Francisco frame! What luck right, to find a San Fran frame in Vermont? AND to have a picture to put in it! Score!
It's said that your nightstand reveals your personality and lifestyle. I feel like my life is too much of a mess to have such a neat and tidy nightstand! LOL! I think I'm one of those people that overcompensates. My OCD cleanliness hides my crazy. Secret revealed.
I bought these T-shirts for my BF a few years ago from Steez in Burlington. He never wears them. I think they shrunk. I've wanted to do something with them for awhile because I love the bold graphics. Squeezing them into an embroidery hoop seemed like the perfect something.
After hanging them with tacks, these sweet tees make unexpected artwork! I didn't even cut the shirts! I strategically folded and taped the excess fabric behind the hoop- just in case we want to wear any of them again!
This ended up being such an easy DIY project! Maybe my new favorite. Every post seems to be my favorite post! I just love graphic tees, and Rottweiler's, and rap music, and conspiracy theories, and.... and embroidery hoops? Jah. Love it all.
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Until next time, stay gold.
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