Not sure what tool me so long to jump on the washi tape band wagon. But after making this super easy washi tape wedding card I was hooked. I tried several brands and really just did not get it. One did not stick very well and the other one was not translucent enough. In my head it is not supposed to be solid it is supposed to let some of the surface it is covering show through. Well, that has since changed. I ordered black and white polka dot and news print Washi Tape from Consumer Crafts. (I am a member of their Design Team too) I thought I would give it one more try. I was pleasantly surprised that I actually like it and I like the card I made. If you go to the Crafts Unleashed blog you will see several projects made with it not only by me but other designers too.
If you check out the pictures below you can see how quick and easily it came together.
How about a mom jean makeover? You know you were guilty of wearing mom jeans and likely have a few still in your closet. Why not make something super cool like mom jean cutoff shorts with your teenage daughter and her friends. You can have a great laugh at your superb fashion sense and impress them with your craftiness.
To begin you will need some mom jeans or shorts that are in the mom jean style. Don’t act like you are too cool and don’t know what I am talking about. 🙂
A safe working area or area covered with plastic, rubber gloves, plastic bucket, pen or marker and water.
Cut the mom jeans to a length that is slightly longer than you want. You are on your way to creating cool mom jean cutoff shorts now.
Try on the mom jean cuttoff shorts and draw a line where you want the slits and curves to go.
Use scissor made for material. Your hands will like you if you do this. Trust me. Cut random slits in the shorts to give them more character.
Wet the shorts in water. Then place the shorts in a 1 to 4 bleach to water ratio. This will remove excess color. It will happen rapidly. Wash the shorts in detergent to stop the bleaching action. Do not dry. While the shorts are washing you can mix up the procion dyes. If you do not have plastic bottles you can use zip top baggies and snip a corner off. (it is messier)
After you have washed the shorts, place them on a flat surface. I am lucky to have a stainless steel sink. It scrubs clean. I do not recommend dying in a porcelain sink as the dye will stain and may not be removable.
Continue to add the colors in the pattern you desire. Flip the cutoff shorts over and dye the back as well. You can place a piece of cardboard or a plastic bag in-between the layers to prevent bleed through.
There you have it, mom jeans made over into super hot mom jean cut offs. Who would have thought those high wasted mom jeans could ever look so awesome?
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