DIY Lace Up T-Shirt

This whole DIY idea came to me at 4:00am this week, while I was forcing myself not to fall back asleep because I had a horrific dream and didn't want it to continue. Anybody else have those nights? The. Worst. So I found myself surfing the internet on my phone and I came across a regular t-shirt but it had a laced-up center. Whaaaaat?! Two of my favorite things. I must have it! I kept searching and searching to find the source, of course, just my luck, a PLAIN lace-up tee was $108. Yes, I'm not even kidding you. Do people really drop that kind of money for a t-shirt? Uh, not in my world, I like to eat and pay my rent on time thank you very much.

The more I looked at it and the more screenshots I took... I was determined, "I can totally fucking do that and not spend $108." I woke up the next morning, thrifted two tees from Salvation Army, picked up what I needed at the craft store and went to town. Well no, I went home but you know what I mean. 

I made 2 lace up tees and spent a total of $31.00. Yup. That happened. 

Now, here's what you need:

  • Any tee/sweater/whatever of your choice.
  • A pack of silver or gold metal eyelets. 
  • Matte black trim. (I got 2 yards.) 
  • Matte black string of your choice. (make sure it's small enough to fit through the eyelets!)
  • A hammer.
  • Scissors.
  • Black thread & a needle. (I chose to sew these by hand because I don't own a sewing machine, but this can easily be done either way.)

Step 1: Lay out your shirt. I put a flat surface inside of it, (Example: I used a random flat rate shipping box I had lying around.) Please note: I was not aware this was a band, I found it in the children's section of the Salvation Army for $2.15... so... sorry guys, whoever the hell you are.

Step 2: Mark how low you want the cut-out to be and make sure it's straight. Use anything as a straight line, even season 5 of The Walking Dead.

Step 3: Cut it out as best as you can. Nobody is perfect, we ain't here to judge. 

Step 4: Hand sew (or use a machine) the black trim around the edge of the shirt right where you cut it. Make sure both laters are on top of each other. It doesn't have to be pretty, you can't even see it, mine is super messy. I chose to leave the collar, whether or not you want to cut it out or leave it is entirely up to you. 

Step 5: Place the metal eyelets where you want them. You can do however many you want, I just knew I didn't have much string so I went with less than the reference picture above. Besides, you don't really need THAT many, they went a little string crazy if you ask me.

Side note: I bought 1 set of eyelets and 1 "starter kit" of the same eyelets. It came with a tool to help pound them in better. I highly suggest getting it. Though, these things were a royal pain in my ass to put on, I can't even imagine how difficult it wouldn't been without these little helpers. (you can see them on the righthand side of each photo above.)

Step 6: Cut tiny holes/slits where you want to place the eyelets and pound those suckers in. Trial and error is key here, folks. You want to make sure it goes all the way through both materials until you can see all the way through it. Also, when you pound them in with the hammer, make sure your tool is straight or else they will get pounded in all crooked and the hole will be half it's intended size. (see below to know what the hell I'm talking about.)

After awhile you do get into a rhythm with it and it gets much easier. My second shirt took me half the time than my first did but that doesn't mean I didn't yell "oh my god! WHY!" every time I messed one up and had to take it out. But we must persevere because the end result is so badass.

If it makes you feel better, here's how many I fucked up while doing both tees. 

Step 7: Lace 'em up! It's just like lacing your shoes. Nothing fancy or difficult about it. When you get to the top, you can either have them hanging out the front or you can make them go inside and tie a knot at the end. (which is what I chose to do.) but hey, you do you girl.

Aaaaaand you're done! It's literally that easy. 

Congratulations, you just saved $71.00 and you'll have the pleasure of telling people "oh, I made it myself" when they ask where you bought it. Mwahaha. Or I guess, you could link them here. That's probably the most neighborly thing to do. ;) 

I'd rather get my hands dirty and chip a few nails and feel proud of myself than not have enough money to put gas in my car for the sake of one t-shirt. I mean, we've all got bills to pay here. Pizza doesn't just order itself OKAY.

Felt good to get crafty again with you guys, let's do it again sometime soon. 

xo Girrlscout

The Not-So Welcoming DIY

Here we are again, being crafty little fuckers. 

I've been living at my loft for over a year now and am STILL decorating it one step at a time. There's a lot of wall space believe it or not for 700sq ft so I'm doing my best! But, I've been wanting something cute for my exterior. A door mat. Something... me. 

I searched around on the internet and it seems that the trend with door mat's is either something to do with beer/wine or something to do with dogs. While, I do like beer as well as dogs, I don't care to advertise to strangers about it at my door step. Nor do I wish to drop $30 on something people will step on. So, I took matters into my own hands with another simple-as-fuck DIY project. 

You will need the following products: 

  1. A plain black/brown/whatever door mat. I purchased mine from Target for $9.99 
  2. A can of white spray paint. (or whatever color you want) You really don't need much, so I got a baby sized one. $3.75
  3. Plain white paper to print out whatever stencil you want on it. 

That's literally it, you're done.

The only tedious part about this DIY is cutting out the stencil. I had a split second thought after printing it out of "ain't nobody got time for that" but I sat on the floor and forced myself. This is probably why I picked such a simple word, haha. 

Cut out your stencil and place on the mat where you want it to go. I used masking tape for some pieces just to make sure they didn't move. Use 'em if you got 'em.

Take it outside and just simply spray paint within the stencil as best as you can. It doesn't have to be perfect, this is what makes it fun. I pulled off my stencils immediately when I thought it was covered enough and left it to dry overnight and there you have it... the most non-welcoming door mat in the cutest way. 

I hope this inspires your little anti-social heart to create something as equally non-welcoming. ;)

Haha, have a kick ass friday you guys.


DIY Leather Harness Belt

You know me, I see something that I want but it's wildly overpriced so I just say "fuck it" and attempt to create it myself. 

I'm best friends with Michael's at this point. We're close buddies.

Now you all might be familiar with the random trend that arose, the leather harness belt. I'm sure it's been around longer than I think it has, but I just recently noticed it popping up everywhere and I loved the look it brought to a rather plain outfit. A plain white tee, a solid color dress, etc etc. 

All things unique intrigue the shit out of me. So I went online searching, free people, urban outfitters, everywhere seemed to have them. But the cheap ass that I am felt weird spending $75 on three skinny pieces of leather. Now, I understand that the pricier ones had braids and chains (like above) and I admire the skills in putting those together, I understand why those are priced the way they are... but the plain ones, didn't really make sense to me. Us poor folks can't be running around spending that much cash on something so little and so simple. 

I saw that Forever 21 was selling one, $10.80... with 2 horrible 1 star reviews saying it was a piece of junk that wasn't flattering. Well, that's what you get when you bargain shop sometimes, too. Junk. So that wasn't an option for me either. 

I went to Michael's in search of the materials I'd need to just make one on my own, and keeping track of my spendings to see if it was worth it. If it was going to cost me $50 in materials, I might as well just buy one.

  1. 1.5' black genuine leather strip // $9.99
  2. 1/4" double round spots // $3.99
  3. a pack of 10 regular sized key rings // $1.79

The leather strip was rather wide so I knew I could cut the whole thing in half and have plenty of wiggle room for the back and the sides without any problem. 

So I cut it and started attaching the rings. I found that pounding a nail through the leather in the correct spots for the holes made putting the round spots in way easier. (R.I.P. three of my nails though...) 

If you are doing this on the floor like I so lazily did, make sure you lightly tap the nails placed on the cracks, you don't wanna be putting tiny little holes in your floor. I made that mistake a few times, don't judge me.

Measuring the back was probably the hardest part, I had to keep cutting it and reattaching it a few times to make sure it didn't bubble on my back, it has to be tight so it lays flat. And since the leather is new, know that in time it will wear down and not be so stiff. The more you wear it of course ;) 

And there it was, the finished product. I am so pleased! Took around an hour to get everything just right. Best thing about it?

Total Cost: $15.79

Talk about bang for your buck. 

I'm now freakishly tempted to go buy some brown leather and make a second one. The possibilities are endless!

If you guys have any questions, you know where to find me. ;) 


DIY Unif FF's

You all know how I feel about passive aggressive tee's, flannels, jackets and literally everything. I love them to pieces. Probably too much. So when I came across these UNIF FF's... let me give you a visual. see below.

Yeah, these babies. 

Instant heart eyes. 

Until I saw the price... $110 (on sale!) 

Ain't nobody have cash like that to throw down on a pair of sneakers. I know I don't. I was super bummed out. 

That's when I thought to myself, that's simple enough I think I could totally recreate that but obviously with different wording. being cautious. 

So this afternoon, I went out on a small mission.

  • All black vans, $40.00 
  • White acrylic paint, $1.75
  • Individual letter ink stamps, $9.99

Let's do this. 

A little magic and probably 10 minutes of my time, and you have the final product:

I cannot tell you how much I loved doing this. I might be a little addicted and make more... but for now, these will most definitely do. And you know you'd much rather spend $51.75 instead of $110.00 >> Let's be honest here.

I'm just so in love and I hope this sparks your creative DIY spirit. As much as I do love most of what UNIF puts out, this was something I had to take into my own hands. Literally. Or feet. You know what I mean. 

Mwahaha, I did a thing.