Finny/Donk Sew Along: May

May 23rd

Dear Finny McFinberg,

So, remember last weekend when I was bugging you to help me with some freezer paper/stencil/paint ideas for our embellished t-shirt May sew along project? You looked at me from the moon and responded, “Um, I just cut out some fabric and kinda glued it on the shirt.”

Ah. Right.

And so, while you are out with Bubba, enjoying your envy-inducing sabbatical, fly fishing and backpacking with friends this weekend, I’m sitting in Phoenix sewing.*  Yes, you can feel sorry for me. When sewing induces sweat, it’s time to start looking at real estate. And yes, this is the same conversation we’ve been having every summer for the last 10 years (literally) and no, I don’t actually plan on doing anything about it anytime soon. That’s the way I roll. Me + summer in AZ = unneccessary bouts of extreme grouchiness. Amazing how that green-tinged mood crops up when I think of you standing in waders in some beautiful zenful river, sweet talking fish.

Okay, just cranked up the AC and poured myself an icy drink. Phew. Back to the topic at hand, shall we?

You know what? This may be the simplest craft project ever. For those who don’t have a sewing machine and regularly lament, bitch and moan that they can’t play along — guess what? This project takes 10 minutes, a pair of scissors and very little craft talent. And yet the result is damn cute. I present my new hippie badge tank:

Take two tank tops

Two tanks from Costco

You need about 2 inches of this

Plus one package of this Stitch Witchery glue stuff

A hippie badge

Plus a little VW van fabric

Little hippie van

et, voila:

Finny/Donk sew along May project


Good choice, Finny. Honestly, the hardest part of this project was finding fabric I wanted to wear on an already cute tank. The VW Heather Bailey print has been hanging around for a bit and worked perfectly. In cleaning out the art studio (turned roommate’s headquarters) this weekend, I found a stack of T-shirts someone gave me. And so, if you’d like a VW hippie badge T-shirt — leave a comment. The first three will have one mailed out this week.

As for you, I hope the fish, the backpacking and the sabbatical are going swimmingly. Miss you!



* In all seriousness, I think my next sport/outdoorsy adventuring will be fly fishing. I’m considering trading in the tri bike for some waders and a rod. Hmm…

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10 Responses

  1. Megan May 23, 2009

    Umm…CUTE! In college my friend Aimee had a big old beat up VW van. I can’t remember her name (the van, I mean), but she was good to us and our hippie adventures!

  2. I had to laugh when I saw this because I too could have sworn this months project was freezer paper stencils. Guess I wasn’t reading carefully. I actually did do the freezer paper stencil thing and it is super easy. I used a simple (google images) leaf design to cover paint spatters on a pair of yoga pants. I will probably do the iron on thing too. For sure I have another stained t-shirt somewhere I can salvage with some fabric love.

    BTW, have you tried “Good Earth” brand Original tea made as sun tea? No sugar and yet soooo very sweet, spicy and refreshing! It will make you love that hot sun just outside your door!

  3. Extra cute miss Kelli – your tanks turned out great!!

  4. I am all about those cute VW tees..but unfortunately I am comment #4..

  5. I’m so bummed! I’m #5. I lived in Tucson for a year. I loved it but the summers were miserable!!!My first day there, it was 115 degrees and I remember thinking “What have I got myself into???”

  6. Frikkin’ adorable, Kelli! I’m really glad you posted this, because from the picture on the CRAFT blog (yes I am too lazy to actually read the directions) I also thought they had PAINTED that elaborate design onto the t-shirt. Chalk me up for one big Homer Simpson “D’OH!”

  7. How great your finished project looks, Kelli! I just finished mine and will post it on Monday. I’m thinking about trying another of the 3 ideas posted for this month.

  8. Awwwwwww! I love the busses! Cute fabric. And when you say I “glued” it on, I basically used what you did, so we ended up with the same outcome. I love it!

  9. Ah ha! Perhaps that could be my first project? I think a cute onesie with something on it for my new wee one?? Hmmm….

  10. Did you know that the morning of my junior prom I stepped on the hem of my dress and tore it to kingdom come. I thought I could just hide it in the folds but Daddy spent 3 hours stich-witchering a new hem on the very full taffetta skirt. Add that to the Many-Reasons-to-Love-Tom list!
    PS: Very cute tank!