Hooray! Today is my day to share with you my project for Watermelon Week! I had grand plans that involved a lot of sewing and ruffling, and then I started to panic. While I was thinking of simpler watermelon inspired options that I would still be excited about I started thinking about how my mom used to cut shapes out of sponges to sponge paint all of the time with us in the 90s, and this idea was born. It took about 15 minutes total to make both the headband AND the shirt. I kid you not! Older kids and teens could totally do this on their own!
Here is what you will need for the t-shirt:
* a sponge
* fabric paint (I used puffy paint because it is what I had on hand.)
* a simple t-shirt (I got this one at Walmart for $3.99. I always grab cute plain t-shirts at Walmart for crafty shirt makeovers.)
Start by using scissors to cut your sponge into a semicircle watermelon shape.
Now paint the sponge with your paints. I painted the entire design right on there. Press it onto the shirt.
Voila! That’s really it!! Awesome, huh?! The possibilites are endless.
Now on to the headband. I got all of my supplies at the shop of my newest sponsor, Fleuriste Supplies. I was an online buyer of theirs for quite some time prior to realizing that their brick-and-mortar shop is right down the street from me! SCORE! And now we are working together! I’m very excited about our blossoming partnership!
Here is what you will need for the headband:
* foldover elastic (I used 15 inches of 5/8″ wide, I believe the color is azalea pink.)
* three flowers (You could make some if you have time, but I used some Super Mini Silk & Organza Fluff Flowers from Fleuriste.)
* hot glue gun and glue
* needle and a bit of embroidery thread (or do this on a sewing machine)
Cut a length of foldover elastic for your baby’s headband. I usually subtract two inches from baby’s head measurement when cutting. Then sew together the two ends. You can use a sewing machine or use a heavy thread (I use my mom’s old embroidery thread, of which I have loads lying around!) to make several X’s to secure the elastic together. It does NOT have to be pretty. It will be completely covered by the flowers.
Use your hot glue to attach the flowers to the headband. Yes, it is THAT easy. Score, right?!
I hope you enjoyed this project! I love seeing my little princess waddling around in it. She was a bit timid and skeptical at the start of her photo shoot, but then she started playing “Ba-Boo!!” (“Peek-a-Boo!”) with Daddy. Sweetest.
Here is a fun Pinnable image of my watermelon inspired outfit:
Thanks to Suzy from Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom for organizing such a fun week of tutorials!
Be sure to check out the other two watermelon projects of the day: