Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Create and Give: A T-shirt DIY and Giveaway by Meg from Art Feeds!

My beautiful friend Meg of Art Feeds is sharing a fun t-shirt DIY today. If you have been following my blog for a minute you may have seen me mention a cool campaign that they were doing back in January for her Birthday, in an earlier blog post. I am super pumped to be collaborating with her on this fun DIY and giveaway!


Howdy! I’m meg and I’m honored to have Amber (who I know as amberZon) as a friend as well as a DIY and simple living inspiration. I also crush on her golden retriever Instagrams daily. Amber and I met in Joplin, MO, where I still reside.  In Joplin I operate a not-for profit, Art Feeds. I’m blessed to be a piece of a hustling and bustling organization that reaches over 2,600 children weekly by offering free therapeutic art and creative education in schools. Watch more about our daily painty chaos here .



Creativity is a part of my daily life, in my job with little hooligans and in my day to day function, all in all, it’s sort of like breathing. In fact, I intentionally create one thing daily. 

At the start of the new year, I posted one item I created per day and gave it away over at my Instagram account @artfeedsmeg in what I called a #createandgive . Although I’m still creating, the demands of our lovely organization and thousands of little artists have put me on a hiatus so I don’t do giveaways as often. But when Amberzon approached me about this blog and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to brush the dust off of the old #createandgive. This is an item I quickly created in an afternoon DIY session for a GIVEAWAY on the blog today.



I never did like just a plain old t-shirt. As a teenager I always found myself cutting, ripping and knotting shirts back into halter tops, shoulder baring tees or tank tops. I was giving plain old tees new life that I deemed better. When I was 16 I learned how to sew, which changed everything for me. I’d find myself  in Urban Outfitters looking at things I couldn’t afford thinking, “I could make this….”, sew I did (see what I did there). But pre-sewing days I’d fashion my attire to local concerts and Summer festivals out of a cut up and re-styled band shirt. Complete with crimpy hair and too much eye makeup. Man, was I punk rock… (insert Reinventing Axle Rose album here)
Today I’ve gone back to my roots. All I needed for this project was a large sized tee, scissors and a sharpie. I used a classic Beatles tee from Target as I couldn’t find anything for my taste at the local thrift shop, but you could make this with any shirt of your choosing.

Here are my materials:


I simply put on the shirt, grabbed a sharpie and found a mirror.
With the sharpie I marked where I wanted all my cuts. I craved a wide boat neck (show that clavicle!) so I added dots near my collar bone. 
I also wanted a deep dramatic backless shirt so I dotted a spot on my back where I wanted the deep swoop (I kept thinking of Warped tour and the hellacious temperatures one has to endure). 
Then I took scissors and cut the two markings, easy peasy. This could be simply done with scissors and a sharpie, but just for good measure I ran the sewing machine around my new seams and tailored the sleeves for a more fitted look.  
Then TA-DA! Ready for Summer, concerts, farmers markets and sunshine in less than 30 minutes.



This is a giveaway! You can enter to win this shirt one of three ways 1.) Leave a comment below  2.) Follow me on Instagram @artfeedsmeg and comment on this shirt photo in my feed 3.) DOUBLE Entry by doing either of the above and following Art Feeds Instagram account at @artfeeds


Thanks for joining me! While you’re hear you should give this girl a virtual slap on the fanny and congratulate her on her recent engagement! I think we are all in agreement it will be the most beautiful wedding ever, with an even more beautiful marriage.

*Photo credit to the mega talented Kevin Deems of Kevin Deems Photography

Super cool party people bid you a super cool adieu
Xo
meg

7 comments:

  1. This is awesome, I love cutting up old t-shirts I have laying around! Followed @artfeeds on Instagram too. Thanks Amber/Meg :)

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  2. Meg, you are beautiful & so creative!

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  3. All t-shirt design are looking really nice ...........!

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  4. Pretty!

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