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Suns Out DIY Fringe Top Beach Cover-Up

May 26, 2015 By Beckie Farrant
Suns Out DIY Fringe Top Beach Cover-Up

Hootie Hoo summer is here!  Okay well technically spring is here.  But if the weather is warm enough to swim it is summer enough for me!  I am a lover of upcycled tee-shirts.  I have a truckload of upcycled t-shirt ideas (see the end of the post for links). Now before you anti-sewing people run away I have good news.  THIS IS A NO SEW!  And the best part is the kids (ages 5 and up) can help with this one.

DIY Fringe Beach Cover-Up on blog.joann.com

Supplies:

  1. Start by cutting from the bottom of the armpit of the pre-washed tee shirt up to the shoulder leaving about 3” at the top for the tank.  I fold the shirt in half and cut both sides at the same time with my rotary cutter and mat.  However, you could easily use scissors.Photo 3
  2. With the sleeves you just removed cut two 1” strips.  Pull them to make them tee shirt strings.Photo 4Photo 5
  3. Tie them around the shoulder in a bow.  I double knotted mine so I knew they wouldn’t come undone.
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  4. Find a piece of cardboard to put in between the layers of your t-shirt to avoid bleed through.  Fill a spray bottle with bleach.
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  5. Take your Sticko scrapbook letters and adhere them to the front of the shirt with whatever saying you want.  Burnish them down well so there are no gaps.
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  6. Lightly mist over the stickers with the bleach.  IMMEDIATELY remove the letters.  They are paper letters so they will stick terribly if the bleach soaks in (speaking from experience – DOH!).  You can also just take the bottom of the shirt and dip it in a bowl of bleach to get a little bit of an ombre look too.  I did that with the purple shirt
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  7. As the bleach dries you will be able to see the letters.
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  8. To make the bottom fringe, use a disappearing ink pen and mark 3” from the bottom of the shirt all the way around.  Using your rotary cutter and ruler cut strips every 1/2”. Optional:  If you don’t like the look of the hem on it you can cut them hem off before you cut the fringe.  I did it both ways.
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  9. Stretch the fringe and tie a knot at the bottom of each one.  This will give it some weight to hang nicely.
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  10. Stretch the fringe and tie a knot at the bottom of each one.  This will give it some weight to hang nicely.
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DIY Fringe Bathing Suit Cover-Up

DIY Fringe Bathing Suit Cover-Up

If you want to skip the letters you can just have fun with a spray bottle and bleach or dip bleaching too.

Obviously the fringe begs for the owner to twirl a time or two.
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DIY Fringe Bathing Suit Cover-Up

DIY Fringe Bathing Suit Cover-Up

DIY Fringe Bathing Suit Cover-Up

DIY Fringe Bathing Suit Cover-Up

So enjoy the sun… and don’t forget to bust out some t-shirts and bleach, these little shirts are addictive.

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Upcycled Knit T-Shirt Skirts

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Refashion T-Shirt Shorts

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DIY Ransom Note Hoodie

Love upcycling t-shirts?  Then you have to click on the pictures below to see more!

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