Sunday, September 29, 2013

How to Wash Appliqued Tshirts

A sewn on applique is one way that anyone can transform a regular tshirt into something that is one of a kind and extra special. After spending the time ironing, cutting, and sewing the designs into place the last thing you want to worry about is your applique falling off or fraying in the laundry!

You can imagine that my boys wardrobe is made up in large by TrashN2Tees designs, many of which have been handed down from big brother to little brother. These tees have weathered chocolate milk explosions, mud baths, and even the occasional slumber. (Never wake a sleeping toddler!) One thing that I promise anytime you purchase a TN2T tee is (awesome designs- a given!) heirloom quality. I want you to be confident in knowing that these are made with the upmost quality and care possible. And they'll last!

Have you ever put an appliqued something-or-other in the washer and wondered if it would survive? I'm going to share with you a few tips on how you can wash (and scrub out) applique tshirts and keep them looking fresh longer- they're not as high maintenance as you might think.

Laundry Tips for TrashN2Tees Appliqued Tshirts

  • Turn your tees inside out when washing to help protect the applique
  • Avoid fabric softener 

  • Hand dry or tumble on low 

  • Iron as needed

This being said, keep in mind that any of my patterns or styles are made from reclaimed tshirts. If you happen to have a shirt that has a felt applique then caring for it is different. Felt appliques can be washed by hand in cold but not dried in dryer.

Applique Patterns from TrashN2Tees: 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lumberjack Launch Party

Happy Tuesday. Happy 3rd week of school. Happy Launch Day! It's only been a few months since Kim and I connected and decided to collaborate on the Lumberjack line designing fabric, clothing, and even a DIY Sewing kit that keeps plastic out of our landfills! You'll be able to read all about the creative process on Oh My Handmade today. And if you ask me there is no better way to celebrate then with a cupcake.... and lumberjack parties have maple bacon cupcakes!! 

Maple Bacon Cupcake Recipe: FreshFridge
How'd this lumberjack theme come along anyway? As a young girl, I remember living near a creek (stream, crick.. whatever you call it!) and looking up at the towering oak trees. Many days were spent beneath the shade of those trees collecting crawfish, climbing into tree houses, and using our imaginations. Yeah- total tomboy. The neighborhood kids and I would pretend that we were lumberjacks by sawing away at the trunks with our make shift card board saw blades. 

Fabric: JoyfulRoots Trees & Lumberjack Prints
Hosting a Lumberjack party was not only a great excuse to gather our friends, but also offered the opportunity to show off and photograph some of our Lumberjack Attack Collection. If there is one thing that's become clear to me, its the fact that at least for the next 3-5 years I'll have no part in choosing birthday party themes- Ninjago, Lego Star Wars, and who knows whats next: Lego Chima?

TrashN2Tees Hybrid Tees
 The kids had fun and there was no doubt that the painted logs were a huge hit and made for a colorful and unique background! Thank you Autumn & Skye for spending an entire day to make that happen for us!

TrashN2Tees Lumberjack Tshirts

Those cardboard saws were an option, but lucky for these kids I've got handmade connections. Ha! I called up my friend Huntley who just started up his own Etsy shop called Huntleyswood and asked him (1) if I could use his property and (2) if he'd be up for making me a few axes! They turned out so great!

Kim's got a few goodies on her blog today including a free Lumberjack printable- stop by say hi! Be sure to shop both Joyful Roots Studio an TrashN2Tees because a portion of our sales from the Lumberjack Collection will be used to plant trees in the Atlantic Forest, to help protect and restore a natural treasure through Plant A Billion.

For a chance to WIN a fat quarter bundle that includes the exclusive pre-release plaid enter The Sewing Loft's National Sewing Month giveaway.

We're celebrating all week long and hope you'll join the party- Become a lumberjack using this free download/overlay and upload a picture using hash tag #LumberjackAttack or tag @Trashn2Tees @JoyfulRoots

Here's how: First, download the beard from the link provided (if you download from Facebook it won't work). Get your beard here:

In PicMonkey, click edit photo. Upload the photo you want to adorn with a beard. Click the "butterfly" button on the left toolbar. This loads the overlay tools. Choose "Your Own" and upload the beard. Then place and adjust. Save. Whallah! YOU are a lumberjack!

Do you have a Lumberjack Collection favorite? The fabric? The plush DIY kits? The hybrid tees? Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, September 16, 2013

10 Lumberjacks You Should Know

10. – Joseph Montferrand better known as “Big Joe Mufferaw” – Famous Canadian logger born in 1802.

9. – The Stephen F. Austin State University Mascot – “The Lumberjack”

8. - Larry Pelletier, the most “lumberjack-erish” of the gentlemen on Discovery’s “American Lumberjacks”

7. – The “Marching Lumberjack” of Homboldt State University

6. – The “Axemen” of Acadia University

5. - Brawney Man of Paper Towel Fame

4. – Michael Palin of Monty Python’s “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Ok”

3. Paul Bunyan (seen here in Akeley-Minnesota)

2. The “Log Diver” from The Log Divers Waltz

1. Tomorrow (9/17/2013) you'll can bring this Jack home as Joyful Roots and I will be launching our latest collaboration!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sourcing Sustainable Sewing Supplies

There are a variety of amazing fabrics available these days, but how else can we ensure that our craft is sustainable? In the latest edition of Through The Needle Magazine I share valuable resources that will help you find supplies including where you can find thread made from recycled soda bottles!

Here is a comprehensive list of the products, brands, and programs mentioned in the article:


//Cutting// for recycling info in your area


//Salvaged Goods// for recycling info in your area 

Do you have a favorite retailer, quilt shop, or brand that is committed to not only offering great quality products but also committed to the environment? Tell me more about it in the comments below.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Counting Down the Days

Are we there yet? How much furrrrrrrther? I've been feeling like this myself, and its not for any road tripping reasons. 

Kim and I have been working hard on our collaboration for the #LumberjackAttack line- you've see a few sneak peaks here and there including the 1st Edition hybrid-applique tees that are currently available in the shop. 

Just last week Joyful Roots revealed a limited edition pre-sale fabric bundle that coordinates (PERFECTLY!) You'll be able to choose from a wide variety of colorful lumberjack prints available ready to ship in Kona cotton (you know you want to make a quilt!) or special orders for organic cotton and more. Pssst! All fabric purchases are made though Joyful Roots.

And here I am counting down the days until... August 17th when the complete line debuts!!!!!! (And anyone local can join me that weekend at the Riverside Arts Festival in Easton Pa for first dibs!) 

In addition to the new hybrid tees which are screen printed by hand onto tshirts that are made from recycled soda bottles and recycled cotton- I'll also be stocking complete DIY sewing kits packaged with everything you'll need to make your very own plush lumberjack!

Wanna read a little more about this collaborative project? Check out Kim's blog:

You need a lumberjack axe, I know you do. My pal Huntley of Huntleyswood whipped up the ones used for the photoshoot & fashion show- You can purchase your own in his Etsy Shop.


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