I always enjoy making gifts for my nieces, or other little girls I know. It's fun to use the girly colors or motifs that I have to skip when I'm making things for my boys. Here are a few things I made for my twin nieces, who recently turned 7!
They requested shirts with butterflies, because they had grown out of shirts I had made them previously. Of course I was flattered that they wanted a repeat, so I couldn't deny that request.
I wanted to make them another shirt each, and for reasons unknown I was inspired to do these all-over prints. I just went with what I knew were their favorite things at the moment (horses and dolphins, respectively) and set them on repeat. I used my silhouette cameo and freezer paper to make all of these stencils.
Horses for Naomi.
Dolphins (and other oceanic goodies) for Grace.
From making Naomi's shirt, I had lots of little freezer paper horses left over that I couldn't bear to throw away. I decided to try a reverse stencil with them, using a bleaching stencil method. There are tons of tutorials online for doing this; I used Ashley's.
So I ironed the horses onto these loop jersey scarves. Then I used a spray bottle and a sponge to apply the bleach.
The scarves came out a little crazy. I may have used too much bleach. The silhouette of the horses were not as prominent as I hoped they would be. A lot of the legs and manes got lost to the bleach.
I would like to try bleach stenciling again. Maybe my nieces will get some scarves for Christmas.