SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Cotton T-shirt
- Cotton cord, 2-1/2 - 3-1/2 yds.
- Tulip dye, red and blue
- Gold eyelets with eyelet setter
- Nautical appliques: 3 rope and anchor, 1 stud anchor
- Fray Check - optional
- Household sponge
- Plastic trash bags
- Preparation: machine wash and dry T-shirt without fabric softener. Lay out on a flat surface protected with plastic trash bags. Following manufacturer's directions, add water to powdered dye in dispenser bottle. Pour dye into a bowl.
- To make stripes, dip sponge into dye and, beginning at hem, blot on a line of dye across the entire bottom, allowing it to seep into the back layer of T-shirt as well. Let shirt sit for a few hours, so dye "wicks" up the front of the shirt.
- Repeat this technique for the second red line. Work high enough up on the shirt that the wicking action will still leave a line of white shirt. Let dry.
- Spread out cotton cord on trash bag and blot alternating red and blue dye along the length. Use very little dye in the sponge, as the dye wicks quickly.
- Cut shirt sleeves to create cap sleeves; cut ribbed neckline off, and cut a thin wedge down the front of the shirt.
- Following manufacturer's directions, apply pairs of eyelets along the edges of the wedge, through a double thickness of T-shirt fabric. For a more cinched look, apply pairs of eyelets on the back of the shirt at small of the back. Thread cord through pairs of eyelets on front and back.
- Iron on appliques, as shown in photo, following manufacturer‘s directions. On back of shirt, at neck, apply a stud anchor applique.
- Shirt should be laundered following directions on dye package. Note: To preserve cut edges or repair accidental holes, apply Fray Check to the area.