Festival Style Hack: How to Dye, Bead and Fringe Your T-Shirts
Festival season is in full swing, with SXSW in the rearview and Coachella right around the corner. So, naturally, we’re channeling our inner boho dancing queens and getting our festival style on. We’ve shown you the headbands and the accessories, and now we’re teaming up with Forever 21 to turn your basic t-shirt right up to 11 ;) And yes, you probably had a swimsuit coverup that looked something like this in the ’90s. Follow the tutorial below to see how it’s done.
Oh, and guess what? We’ll even show you how to do this in person, if you’re in New York or San Francisco in the next week or two!
Forever 21 Road to Festival Deets:
Now, let’s get making.
– Tumble Dye Spray Dye
– stencils (we got ours from istencils)
– t-shirt (we used Forever 21’s Must-Have V-Neck Tee)
– painter’s tape
– fabric scissors
1. Pull your t-shirt over a piece of cardboard.
2. Attach the stencil using painter’s tape. Spray with Tumble Dye from about a foot away from your shirt.
3. Peel off stencil and repeat if you’d like more pattern on your t-shirt.
4. Cut off the bottom hem of your t-shirt.
5. Cut from the bottom about a quarter of the way up in 1/2 inch strips. Hello fringe!
6. Place beads on the fringe strands and then knot the fabric to secure.
7. Dance like nobody’s watching! :)
Just the materials make us feel like busting a move!
First, pull your t-shirt over a piece of cardboard. This will ensure the design doesn’t bleed through to the back of the shirt. Place your stencil using painter’s tape. Then spray! We recommend holding the spray bottle about a foot away from your shirt — otherwise the dye tends to bleed. Let dry and peel off the stencil.
Now, time to make that fringe. Cut off the bottom hem of your t-shirt, then cut strips from the bottom about a quarter of the way up in 1/2 inch strips.
Place beads on the fringe strands and knot the fabric to secure.
We did the same thing with a gray t-shirt, but created a high-low look by making the fringe in the front higher than the back.
Love that ombre chevron too.
For a more abstract all-over design, this tank is another way to go. And yes, we cut the sleeves off.
And finally, we did a pattern with a triangle stencil.
How fun are these?
These chicks agree.
What’s your go-to festival uniform? Talk to us in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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