DIY Star Wars: The Force Awakens Christmas Sweater!

DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comHappy Holidays everyone!

A quick word about the sweater I used for this project. It’s, what a surprise, handmade! This is the reason why I got the Agnes pattern in the first place! I wanted to have a simple shirt pattern that could easily be turned into a sweater.

I added about 2cm to the sleeve and bodice pattern pieces and also squared down the bodice for a looser fit. The close fit of the original pattern would’ve been unsuitable for the lettering. I always find it somewhat weird to have bold lettering right across the bust if the shirt’s a tad too tight. I used a slightly heavier jersey knit fabric in taupe which I bought in a little sewing caf√© in Germany¬†last winter.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

PERSONALISE A SHIRT USING IRON-ON FOIL

This is a super easy way to personalise or embellish any kind of garment. If you have templates for letters or shapes, it’s even easier. (It took me a while to draw all those letters and get them in perfect shape).

All you need is a shirt and some iron-on foil that you can order online.
DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Some tips:

– Use a shirt with a smooth surface (jersey or cotton works best)
– You need to be able to iron your garment on a very hot temperature setting (I wouldn’t recommend using silk or polyester!)
РRead the instructions that comes with the iron-on foil carefully
– Keep in mind that all shapes and letters have to be mirrored!

I ordered silver and matt black foil online¬†which came in different sizes. The A4 size had the best cost-benefit ratio¬†and also I wasn’t sure how much I needed. In the end, I used less than half of a sheet of each colour. I have plenty left for other projects.

For this project I was inspired by this jcrew kids tshirt which unfortunately doesn’t come in adult size!

source: jcrew.com
source: jcrew.com

DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comStart of by sketching out the shape or letters you want to create. Alternatively, you can use Word or Photoshop to create a layout you can print off and cut out.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI used the sketch to check if the size was right and to mark the position on the shirt.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comBecause I couldn’t find a good font and sketched my own, I copied them onto squared paper to make sure they were even and all the exact same size. I positioned them on the shirt and used chalk for markings.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comWhen transferring the template onto the foil, make sure everything is mirrored. Draw the shape onto the matt side of the foil, you can use pen or pencil. If you don’t want to mirror your letters, you can try to draw them onto the “right” side, but since it has a protective film it might be a bit tricky and the ink of your pen might come off and ruin your iron.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comCut out the letters,¬†place the onto your shirt and press the iron onto them one by one to prevent them from slipping out of positon. Don’t remove the protective film until all the letters are firmly applied and have cooled off.¬†DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comYou can now remove the plastic film and use the extra sheet of protective paper that comes with the foil to set the glue a second time. Never iron without the paper after that otherwise the foils sticks to your iron and the whole this is ruined. You can wash the shirt at 60¬į and iron it from the wrong side if necessary.¬†DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Will I make it again? Yessss! I love this shirt, especially because it’s not so obviously Star Wars themed as many of the Christmas sweaters you can buy online. It’s actually quite glamourous and someone not familiar with the Star Wars franchise might not even notice. The foil was super easy to use and I love the result. You can use it to transform an old shirt or jumper or to personalise presents.

Merry Christmas and may the force be with you in the New Year!

xx

Charlie


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10 things i love: star wars

ten things i love_star wars

¬†The¬†10 things i love¬†is back after a little break and it’s all about Star Wars this week!

Here you find 10 wonderful Star Wars themed things I absolutely fell in love with:

 

#1 Ewok necklace

ewok necklace etsy

This necklace is cuteness overload! It’s sold by ¬†jenkiddo¬†on Etsy.

 

#2 Star Wars heels

hand-painted Star Wars Heels

I.Love.These.Heels.
Seriously, they would be mine in a second if they weren’t so incredibly expensive (That’s because they are hand-painted!)
If you want to spend 200-300 Dollar on those heels, you can get them from eastbaycalifornia on Etsy.

 

#3 Star Wars dresses

retro star wars dresses

I’m literally obsessed with these DIY retro Star Wars dresses.
It’s just so hard to find reasonably priced Star Wars fabric. These are made from vintage bed sheets or curtains I already tried to find via Ebay and Amazon, but people seem to charge a massive amount of money for used bed sheets.

If you want to spare yourself the trouble, you can custom order dresses here on etsy!

 

#4 Star Wars cufflinks

I think these cufflinks are adorable. You can get them on Amazon.

 

#5 Darth Vader hair dryer

darth vader hairdryer

A design by Tembolat Gugkaev.

 

#6 Star Wars amigurumi DIY

Star wars DIY
source: http://www.geeksugar.com

You can find crochet patterns of these cute Star Wars characters (and also other cuties) on Etsy.

Star wars crochet DIY

 

 #7 Star Wars cupcakes

Star wars cupcakes
source: http://nerdstink.com

I would probably feel bad eating one of these cupcakes. Yummy!

 

#8 Star Wars paper snowflakes

DIY Star wars Snowflakes
source: http://manmadediy.com

You can find the tutorial here.

 

#9 Star Wars edition of Angry Birds

Angry birds star wars

I do not have many games on my smartphone, but I recently downloaded Angry Birds Star Wars – it’s SO MUCH fun. My favourite Angry Birds game so far.

 

#10 Star Wars origami

star wars origami
source: /www.geeksandcom.com

I tried a similar Yoda origami last year and it turned out great. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the picture I took of it. Origami is so much fun. Star Wars origami is even more fun!

There are loads and loads of free instructions online!