Tutorial – Footprints in my Belly

I’ve been looking at those cute maternity t-shirts available on Cafe Press and Amazon but they just never seemed right for me, a bit on the expensive side for something that is, to be perfectly honest, a bit of a gimmick and also never the right style of t-shirt. So, when Liz told me how she had made the awesome top she was wearing I knew I had to give it a go.

You’ll need the following materials to get started –
– a fine grade cotton top, I’ve used black but any deep colour should work
– thick bathroom bleach
– scrap cardboard, at least as large as your design
– paint brush that you’re willing to sacrifice

If you’re not that great at freehand drawing like me, you’ll also need the following
– masking tape
– a craft knife
– template for your design (not shown)
– plastic sleeve for your design (not shown) that you’re happy to sacrifice

Create your template, I copied a design that I’d seen on tops that I liked. Put it into the plastic sleeve, place the masking tape over the top (you can overlap if the tape is not wide enough). Trace your design onto the masking tape.

I used the same template, placing my masking tape on both sides of the plastic sleeve.

Cut out the design with a craft knife – make sure you put some cardboard in the sleeve so that you don’t cut through!

Place the masking tape on the shirt where you want the design to show, to get these in the right spot I found it helpful to put the shirt on and then place. You’ll notice that I haven’t cut out all of the toes – I decided to do these freehand, but if I were to do this again I probably would cut them out so as to avoid some bleach spillage.

Put the scrap cardboard piece inside your garment so that the area to bleach can be smoothed out and so that bleach won’t go through. Paint on the bleach (ventilation people! open that window!)

Once the bleach is on you can take off the masking tape – you should get a reaction pretty much straight away. Wait for as long as you want and then place the garment in the washing machine. I didn’t have anything else in the machine just this top.

Wash and dry as normal and voila!



I saw this video over on another blog and, just like the writer there, was totally impressed. While not the most riviting of presentations, the content totally blew me away – WHY on earth is this not done and in the shops already? How can we all get together and fund this? Hmm… Kiva style schemes for innovation funding??? I digress. Take a look.


Apparently the plugs here are so ginormous because they also have to include a fuse AND small power processing plant AND a sprinkler set inside them in case of fire. Why not fit that stuff into the socket end? Aside from everything else, this surely would be cheaper and greener to produce.


Pleated Skirt Motif

Pleated Skirt Motif Happily tatting away while watching TV – it’s a recipe for disaster when you don’t know the pattern. After I’d finished and taken photos I pulled out the original pattern and oops – looks like I misread that! On the upshot, that means a new design 🙂

The finished product to me looks a little like a pleated skirt – I really quite like it. Not sure at this stage what I’ll make of it, it’s too big for a pendant and too small for a standard doily.

The sample here is needle tatted using size 10 crochet cotton.

Copyright 2009 Kersti Anear

First Row

Ring: 4ds, 3p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl

*Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds
Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, 2p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl
Repeat from * until you have 7 rings.

Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds
Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, p, 4ds, join to first p of first ring, 4ds, cl
Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds

Join to base of first ring/chain.
Weave in ends and cut thread.

Second Row

* Ring: 5ds, p, 5ds, cl
Chain: 5ds, 3p sep 2ds, 5ds
Ring: 2ds, p, join to p of previous ring, 2p, join to centre p of chain on previous row, 4p, 2ds, cl
Chain: 5ds, 3p sep 2ds, 5ds
Ring: 5ds, join to 2nd last p of previous ring, 5ds, cl
Chain: 5ds, 3p sep 2ds, 5ds
Repeat from * until you have all 8 groups completed.
Join to base of first ring/chain.
Weave in ends and cut.