Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m back with those new 4th of July t-shirts I mentioned here.
I love me some flag tees a la Old Navy, Aeropostale and Walmart—they’re cute, cheap and an easy way to get into festive mood. But even at $4 or $5 a pop, I’m still staring down $30-40 to deck all eight of us out in new shirts. And right now I’m hanging onto every penny so that we can spend 15 magical hours in the car to go visit grandparents next month.
I happen to have several massive totes full of destroyed-stained-faded-ripped clothing to work with. And with some help of my trusty 1941 Singer Featherweight sewing machine I was able to turn this hot mess …
… into this.
Three cute flag tees and vintage one to boot for absolutely NADA out of pocket.
And you could make any patriotic combo using whatever is in your stash bin—combos like:
1) Shirt + scraps + straight stitch sewing
2) Stained shirt + cheapy $1 Walmart flag that’s been ripped off + craft paint / vinyl stencil
3) Stained shirt + strategic stenciling + great vintage inspiration
(The snake was cut on my Silhouette, the font is JSL Ancient.)
Stains were covered using vinyl (or freezer paper) and stenciled with house paint from our kitchen remodel – ha! The inspiration was this awesome flag from the Revolutionary War.
My son changed up the saying on his shirt to make it “cooler.” Whatever.
4) Plain shirt + scraps + snaps
Ah … festive flag tees for the kids without touching my bank account (plus some stash busting, too!) Now all I need is a watermelon and some fireworks and I’m ready for the weekend.
Happy Almost 4th of July!
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