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My recycled top nautical style.

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This is my before picture.  The top looks too cutesy, especially with the flower made of buttons. The top is made from tshirt material.



Time for a revamp! Been seeing a lot of rope in clothing recently. Why not add it to mine? I used the pink rope from the Mooncake packaging I blogged about in September, and bought some jewel embellishments from China Town. Then I went wild with my hot glue gun.  The only downside I had with this project is that I wasn't able to control the amount of glue coming out of the gun.  I think if the nozzle was finer I would have had less glue oozing out.  I also burnt myself  :-(  Have to be careful next time!


 
The rope.  I was going to make a nautical themed belt out of it, but I don't really use a lot of belts, and I would wear a nautical themed top more often than a belt.




The "jewels".  My son actually thought they were wishing stones (too many fairy tales!)


Remember to place a piece of card at the back. You don't want the glue to run onto the back of the garment. I didn't use any pattern, but making almost symmetrical would be pleasing to the eye.  I did think of just doing the left hand side of the garment and taking the rope all the way to the underarm of the right arm, and making it a one shoulder item, but I'd already stuck the embellishments on....


Tadaah!  I really like it. :-)  


My nautical themed top.

Update on 16 Jan 2011 - thought I'd update to say that I have washed it in the washing machine with no probs so far. Remember to turn it inside out and put it in a laundry mesh bag though, and use the cold cycle.  Oh, I left it to dry and "set" for a couple of days so I didn't wash it immediately :-)


Update on 13 Apr 2011 - I saw a super cool version using normal rope and it has a pattern too. It's at Inspiration & Realisation



Update in Mar 2012 - I've posted the latest on what has happened to my nautical themed top. Sadly, I have to say that it no longer looks as nice as it did. And that's because.... click here.

Update in Sep 2012 - I've refashioned it further and it no longer bears the embellishments but pretty ruffles. I'm glad that I can make it last a little longer in my wardrobe :-)

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  1. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I definitely have to try this one day.

    btw, I found you on WR. Love your blog.

    Just Better Together

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  2. Thanks, Justine. I'm glad you like the tute :-)

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  3. Love it! After the holidays I will work on crafts for myself and this will be one! I have some of that rope :)
    Thank you! Happy Holidays to you and yours!
    Teresa

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  4. Beautiful. Thank you for tutorial.

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  5. @Teresa, dragicap & Tincha - I'm glad you like it! Have a great break over the Christmas & new year ! :-)

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  6. looks beautiful. Can you tell me how well it washes? does the glue come undone? I would like to try to make one.

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  7. Hi Jen! I'm glad you like it.
    I've washed it 3 times now but in cold water. So far so good. I don't think you can wash it in warm or hot water if you've used glue. I also turn top inside out & pop it in a laundry mesh bag before I add it.

    Another tip for this tute is that I've found that if I use a rope that's not too thick it won't be so heavy.

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  8. This is adorable! i love the new look. I will feature this today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "feature" button.

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  9. I really like this! I have some rope so I will have to do this! I love your blog I like making crafts and decor out of materials around my home. I have some upcycled projects on my blog you should check it out. http://breakingfreefromoldways.blogspot.com

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  10. I LOVE this! I made a nautical bag last summer (http://davidandamieallen.blogspot.com/2010/07/nautical-bag.html) and just today I bought a cute little anchor charm for a necklace. This shirt is calling to me now, thanks for posting!
    Amie @ http://www.kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

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  11. So fun! I made a similar nautical necklace last summer but never thought to put it on a t-shirt!

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  12. Thanks everyone! It would be great to see how your version of the top turns out! :-)

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  13. Wow Agy, your top is gorgeous! thanks for linking to my tutorial!

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  14. I LIKE IT TOO! Could you separate rope strands to make the weight lighter, and then glue it on the shirt? Just a thought, seems it might be heavy with all that rope/glue/gems?

    :) :) Great idea!

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    1. It's not so heavy, but I would use sewing methods instead as the glue actually runs when the weather is hot. My mistake... :-(

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  15. This is sooooo cute! I have a throwback themed link party, and this week's theme is anything nautical. I hope you'll stop by!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ <a href="http://www.usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/08/submarine-sunday-43.html>Submarine Sunday Link Party</a>

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  16. This is really beautiful! I love your top! Thank you for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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