Thursday, May 21, 2009

Saved from the Trash

Paint stained yoga pants

For some reason I really thought I could paint without getting paint on my yoga pants.

Front of yoga pants

So, in an effort to save money and use what I have, I bought some freezer paper, some craft paint, and some fabric paint medium and decided to resurrect these destine for the trash pants. See how that "save money and use what you have" stuff works? LOL.

The stenciling was pretty easy. I searched Google images for a simple leaf pattern and traced it onto the freezer paper. That part was easy. Cutting out the stencil wasn't hard either. Ironing the freezer paper inside the leg of pants to back the stencil was a bit tricky.

I was very pleased how the front came out.
Sad stenciled bird
So puffed up by my success, I added a bird to the back. The paint and medium mix was a bit too runny and it bleed through the fabric.
On the Back

Fortunately, not too many people examine the back of my right leg with a macro setting on their cameras. So, I wore these out of the apartment today. For about $10 I saved the pants and have a big pack of freezer paper and some more craft paint to play with.

Don't forget the apron giveaway! Last day!

Thrifty Thursday!

Other fashiony projects:
Button Scarf- Embroidered grey felted wool side
Sweater turned scarf.
Caps for Babies in Haiti
Shorts and T's to baby Caps

Baby Sweater
Adult sweater to baby sweater


Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, those are awesome! I'm sure you'd see something similar at one of those fancy LA boutiques for big $$. How clever you are! Freezer paper stenciling is definitely on my list of things to try.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

So cool! I have never used freezer paper before...I keep meaning to give it a try! :)

HollyLynne said...

so cute!!! they look fantastic. if you come up with anything that might fix the flip flops i got paint all over, let me know ;) (Really though . . . the paint seems to be gradually wearing off of those . . . maybe I could sand them to speed up the process. Yep, sand my flip flops.)

Frugal Babe said...

Those look awesome! So glad I discovered your site - I love being inspired =)
I never thought I could sew, but my son has a whole stash of cloth diapers that prove me wrong. So who knows... maybe I'll stencil some cool designs on my clothes too.

Mama Said Sew said...

Those look great Jane! I love the little birdie. :)

Holly said...

YAY!!! I just always love a recycled clothing project. I am so with you on the "save money, amp up my already existing clothes" idea. They turned out super cute!!!

Amy B. said...

What a great idea! I have a pair of jeans that I love that I got paint on. Now, I know just what to do :)


Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

The little birdie on the back is darling :)