Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Racing Striped Sleeve DIY

I did this for a sweater I designed for a Christmas present this year. I really like the look of these stripes on guys clothes. They're kinda vintage and kinda motorcycle racing style. Here's how to do it:

1. Gather all your supplies. You'll need:

  • A long sleeve top
  • Spray on fabric paint
  • Painters tape
  • An object that fits inside the sleeve
  • A wide rubber band or piece of elastic
  • Exacto knife (if needed)

2. Put the object inside the sleeve and make sure it fits very snug. (I was using a big sweater so I had to use a pretty big object.)

3. Put the rubber band (or elastic) right where you want the center of your stripes. If you're really good at making things straight you can use the painters tape and exact-o knife instead, just make sure you stick it on evenly all around the sleeve.

4. Put painters tape evenly around each side of your rubber band and space them as far apart as you want your stripes.

5. Hang you clothing outside so it won't make a mess or have fumes lingering around inside.

6. Start spraying with fabric paint. You'll need to do more than one coat and let them dry in between. Follow the paint bottles instructions.

7. Let it dry completely. Normally this takes more than a day. If you have any spots or mistakes you can use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol before you put it in the dryer.

I hope you enjoy! xo -Liz

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