DIY: How to Cut a Tee Shirt

I got this tee shirt from one of my favorite stores in Wisconsin called "Touch of Class." They have the absolute nicest staff. I loved the extra special touch that they included a hand-written note inside of the package when I opened the delivered tee shirt too. To shop for this tee, visit them at www.touchofclasslacrosse.com. They may even be able to special order you other states as well...??? 

I love the tee and thought it would be a fun craft project to take it, transform it and give it a little special edge with this DIY project. Overall, it took me about an hour and a half to do this project. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

1. A cute tee

2. A pair of sharp scissors. You need sharp scissors so that you can get clean straight lines when you cut. I have a pair that I only use for sewing that I actually hide from the rest of the family. I get this from my quilting mom who always had a pair she marked and kept for herself. Now I understand why! Haha! Scissors can dull very easily. 

3. A fabric pencil. This is a pencil that leaves marks on the shirt but washes out with water. You could also use regular chalk too. 

4. A ruler. 

 Here's our goal, and the finished tee!

Here's our goal, and the finished tee!

 Here's the before tee shirt. It's a very soft and cuddly cotton blend.

Here's the before tee shirt. It's a very soft and cuddly cotton blend.

 Here are those sharp scissors I was talking about. 

Here are those sharp scissors I was talking about. 

 Here's a close-up of the white pencil I used to mark my lines. It really helps! The white pencil comes off in the wash.   

Here's a close-up of the white pencil I used to mark my lines. It really helps! The white pencil comes off in the wash.

 

 Lay your tee perfectly flat on a table so the front and back line up perfectly. I started out by measuring and using the pencil to sketch lines as guides where I wanted to cut off the sleeves. Then I cut off the sleeves because I did this project on a hot 91 degree day. You can see that I cut the sleeves a little larger than the actual arm hole to give the tee shirt more of a drape effect. Keep in mind that with this large of a drape, you will need to layer and wear a tank underneath which was the look I was going for, but you can experiment with this step. I also drew in white pencil a guide around the v-neck where I would trim this off too. After you cut the tee shirt, give the edges a simple little pull or tug to straighten the cuts. This also gets the edges to roll nicely. Then, where the ruler is, I began drawing a slight subtle "v" shape below the state that is centered on the tee. This will become my guide for the fringe. I thought this "v" gave it an unexpected shape and interest instead of just doing it straight across. But you could do it either way! Use your imagination!

Lay your tee perfectly flat on a table so the front and back line up perfectly. I started out by measuring and using the pencil to sketch lines as guides where I wanted to cut off the sleeves. Then I cut off the sleeves because I did this project on a hot 91 degree day. You can see that I cut the sleeves a little larger than the actual arm hole to give the tee shirt more of a drape effect. Keep in mind that with this large of a drape, you will need to layer and wear a tank underneath which was the look I was going for, but you can experiment with this step. I also drew in white pencil a guide around the v-neck where I would trim this off too. After you cut the tee shirt, give the edges a simple little pull or tug to straighten the cuts. This also gets the edges to roll nicely. Then, where the ruler is, I began drawing a slight subtle "v" shape below the state that is centered on the tee. This will become my guide for the fringe. I thought this "v" gave it an unexpected shape and interest instead of just doing it straight across. But you could do it either way! Use your imagination!

 Here's the final "v" shape in white pencil. Next, cut off the bottom strip of the tee. 

Here's the final "v" shape in white pencil. Next, cut off the bottom strip of the tee. 

 Keep the tee shirt perfectly flat and create a guide for the fringe cuts. I measured each fringe at a 1/2 inch wide. You only need to make the lines on one side of the tee shirt. 

Keep the tee shirt perfectly flat and create a guide for the fringe cuts. I measured each fringe at a 1/2 inch wide. You only need to make the lines on one side of the tee shirt. 

 Making progress. This was my favorite part. I found it relaxing. 

Making progress. This was my favorite part. I found it relaxing. 

 Here's my first fringe cut. There's no turning back now!

Here's my first fringe cut. There's no turning back now!

 Crafting in my JJ Number 8 Serenity bracelet.

Crafting in my JJ Number 8 Serenity bracelet.

 Here's where it starts to get exciting!

Here's where it starts to get exciting!

 Yeah! Party time!

Yeah! Party time!

 When you finish cutting all of the fringe, I like to tie each one at the bottom. You don't have to do this step, but I think it makes it look more finished and gives the fringe more of a weight that helps it dangle better. 

When you finish cutting all of the fringe, I like to tie each one at the bottom. You don't have to do this step, but I think it makes it look more finished and gives the fringe more of a weight that helps it dangle better. 

 I then went back and snipped off any extra fabric right below the knots. Here it is before I did the snipping. 

I then went back and snipped off any extra fabric right below the knots. Here it is before I did the snipping. 

 Here's the final tee shirt! I threw mine in the washer and dryer to finish it off. 

Here's the final tee shirt! I threw mine in the washer and dryer to finish it off. 

 I hope you have as much fun crafting and making your own tees as I did. We'd love to see your creations. Tag us in your DIY Tees on Insta @jjnumber8inc and Twitter @jjnumber8

I hope you have as much fun crafting and making your own tees as I did. We'd love to see your creations. Tag us in your DIY Tees on Insta @jjnumber8inc and Twitter @jjnumber8

INSPIRATION & THE BIG YELLOW BARN

I am so inspired by Americana. That is why it has been my dream to visit this roadside candy store in the midwest. It's a beautiful big yellow barn that is over a football field long surrounded by corn fields and a yellow picket fence. I walked in smiling ear to ear. It was more amazing than I ever could have imagined. Every inch of the barn is covered in colorful displays of delicious, sweet temptation. It has over 3,000 types of candy and the world's largest soda collection along with jigsaw puzzles, beef jerky, syrup, hot sauces, jams, caramel apples and homemade apple pies. 

The yellow barn actually started as an Apple Farm years and years ago. The apple pies are still made by Herbert, the most adorable 88 year old grandpa who goes by the name Hippy. The highlight of the trip was meeting Hippy and seeing him serve his warm pies fresh out of the oven. See the photo below. Needless to say, he had me at "hello."

The barn is mainly staffed by Hippy's grandkids. When you check-out, the store doesn't take credit cards and doesn't scan your purchase. In fact, the store doesn't even have a phone number! "If we had a phone number out there, we'd be answering the phone all the time," explains Hippy. 

Americana at its best. "You betcha."

 

 I am obsessed with the art and history of hand painted signs. 

I am obsessed with the art and history of hand painted signs. 

 The colors!

The colors!

 Meet Hippy, the sweet 88 year-old grandpa who makes the apple pies. 

Meet Hippy, the sweet 88 year-old grandpa who makes the apple pies. 

 It was hard to decide which kind of candy to get, but my favorite is old fashioned black licorice.

It was hard to decide which kind of candy to get, but my favorite is old fashioned black licorice.

 Dang, it was AMAZING! 

Dang, it was AMAZING! 

QUENCHED

These beautiful flowering cactus inspire me. I love the beautiful minty green, juicy color. The photos of the Pyramid collection were taken on a dried up lake bed in Death Valley. I love road trips, and I love Americana. 

Yum yum

These Signature JJ Number 8 Marquise Swirl Band Rings are so fun. You can stack them and mix and match them with everything. The pops of color make me so happy. They come in so many flavors. Yum yum.

Bowtie Promises

We are loving the adorable new Bowtie collection. As an artist, I love the classic, sophisticated elegance of a bow. And the symbolism of the Promise behind it makes it extra special and meaningful. Promises are the foundation of all hope. 

I also like to make Pottery

In addition to my passion for jewelry, I also love ceramics. I love to escape in the studio while listening to my favorite music. Here is some fun I had creating rustic, irregular, organic-shaped slab bowls and plates. The glaze I chose is a white with adobe clay-colored undertones. I love its earthy beauty. I love the excitement and unknown of the glazing process because you can never predict exactly how it's going to turn out. I paired the set with my great-grandmother's antique sterling silverware. 

 I love the texture this linen cloth pad adds to the clay. I like the way it enhances the rustic look. 

I love the texture this linen cloth pad adds to the clay. I like the way it enhances the rustic look. 

 Pounds and pounds of clay. So much clay, so little time!

Pounds and pounds of clay. So much clay, so little time!

 No one said ceramics was a clean art. I was covered in clay and dust. 

No one said ceramics was a clean art. I was covered in clay and dust. 

 Glazes fascinate me. It's like the frosting on the cake- THE best part! 

Glazes fascinate me. It's like the frosting on the cake- THE best part! 

 I am obsessed with this ladle from great-grandma's antique silverware collection. The shape is just so unique. It reminds me of jewelry. 

I am obsessed with this ladle from great-grandma's antique silverware collection. The shape is just so unique. It reminds me of jewelry. 

 One of the finished bowls. I love its authentic beauty and raw imperfection. I also made these wooden plates from a giant Eucalyptus tree I found in the neighborhood. Eucalyptus trees are a very hard dense wood and have lots of natural oils in them. This naturally creates a water resistant surface on the wood. Then I sealed them with Bees-Wax.  Bon appetit!

One of the finished bowls. I love its authentic beauty and raw imperfection. I also made these wooden plates from a giant Eucalyptus tree I found in the neighborhood. Eucalyptus trees are a very hard dense wood and have lots of natural oils in them. This naturally creates a water resistant surface on the wood. Then I sealed them with Bees-Wax.  Bon appetit!

Americana Inspires Me

Perhaps it's my Midwestern roots, and the fact that the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday, but the truth is- Americana inspires me. Nothing fascinates me like Americana. Nothing ignites my spirit like Americana. It's my creative escape and truly the inspiration behind JJ Number 8 jewelry. So this exploration and road trip ignites the essence of my very being. Get lost with me. #beautysurroundsus #americana #passion #me #escape

 




 

OUR TWo-TONE HOOPS...

As an artist, I am really fascinated by the fine details of jewelry design. So when I design, I always try to give the back of the hoops as much love and attention as I do to the front of the hoops. Many of the hoops feature one color in the front and another different color in the back. I love the surprise and unexpected pop of color in the back. I think it adds depth and a fun, playful dimension. 

California Scene Paintings

It was such an honor and inspiration to see the California Scene Paintings that will be donated to the new Hilbert Museum in their original curated state at the estate of the collectors last night. To meet and experience the vision and passion of the collectors was so inspiring. 

The art is beautiful and captures the work of gifted artists including Michael Sheets, Phil Dike and so many more. These paintings captured my imagination because I am obsessed with Americana. These paintings capture Americana and serve as a pictorial narrative of the state of California. Plus I love that there is humanity in the art. 

These California Scene Paintings- works that include people or evidence of human life via man-made objects such as cars, trains, barns, freeways, coastline piers- were widely popular before the war, but weren't considered important enough to merit attention from large museums and art critics until very recently. 

Here are a few of the beautiful pieces that will be on display at the Hilbert Museum opening Fall 2015.

Support the arts and artists. Beauty surrounds us. 

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Behind the Scenes of the Brights Photoshoot

I have always joked that the JJ Number 8 mascot is a blanket because there is something just so cozy, warm and nurturing about wrapping yourself up in one. It's the same nurturing feeling that I get when I put on my JJ Number 8 jewelry. 

We were shooting this campaign on location at the most adorable beach cottage that was built in the 1920's. When you walk in the cottage, it transports you to another era. It's a place where time just seems to have stopped. It is a treasure filled with beautiful idiosyncrasies. So when I saw these blankets draped across the furniture, I immediately fell in love with them. What I loved most about them was that they were not props, they were authentic and in their natural environment. We spontaneously started shooting Leila on these blankets. It was very unplanned and in the moment. The inspiration was so organic, and the colors were just so electric and beautiful.

I also loved the juxtaposition of the beautiful JJ Number 8 jewelry transposed against these beautiful bohemian hand-woven blankets. I love it because it captures how JJ Number 8 fine jewelry is meant to be worn everyday.  

Welcome to my escape...