Seriously, get out of here.
Don't ruin surprises!
This was another project I decided to add to their bridesmaids gift, especially when I saw a great deal. I love photos of bridesmaids and their brides on the morning of the wedding, decked out in matching gear, whether it's tank tops or robes or t-shirts. For me though, I didn't think spending a good chunk of change on a bridesmaid tank top would be something worth doing. I figured my ladies probably wouldn't wear these tanktops again, and I wanted to be sure that I gave them something they would actually use.
However, when Old Navy had a $2 tank top sale, and I figured, what the heck?! I ran to my nearest Old Navy as early as I could, which unfortunately, was not early enough (it was about 5pm the day of the sale). The table of tank tops was pretty picked over. I couldn't find enough tank tops in one color in each of the girls' sizes.
Instead, I opted to find them a tank top in their size, and picked colors that were relatively muted, fall appropriate colors. I made sure to find Sister J a purple tank top, and she's the only one who will actually be in one of our wedding colors. But the other girls have muted colors that still work well. I had a pack of iron on letters in my closet left over from my t-shirt-making-days in college. I started with Sister J's tank, but quickly realized I wasn't going to have enough letters for the other girls. A quick perusal of eBay, and I found 6 brand new packs for under a dollar each. Ordered, delivered, and after ironing while watching a few episodes of HIMYM (seriously, this show is hilarious...why did it take me so long to catch on???) I had 5 bridesmaid tank tops!
The lighting here isn't great, but Sister J has a purple tank top, BM A has light green, BM Y has brown, BM AF has a darker green, and BM S is in black. Not a perfect match, but hopefully they will like them.
And they're certainly not perfect. There are a few letters that didn't quite stick and a couple places were I accidentally melted a letter that had already been placed.
From a distance, they seem ok, but here's a close up of BM S's S
Hers was the first I did, and unfortunately, after ironing, I didn't let the letters cool down before peeling the paper off. This didn't give the letter enough time to adhere to the tank top, and although I tried to re-iron the rest on, it looks like this up close.
If you're going to attempt something like this, I'd also suggest using a towel to cover up letters that have already been ironed on if there are more to add. A few times in the process of adding "Bridesmaid," the iron would touch the letters in one of the girls' names, melting it a little bit.
So they're not perfect, but they were made with love. For two dollars a tank top, and then an additional six dollars for the letters, this project cost me $3.20 a tank top. Not a bad, silly, addition to the bridesmaids gifts! Hopefully it will make for some cute photo opps on the morning of the wedding!
Did you ever make a project with iron-on letters? My college BFF and I loved them! We had some hilarious (or what we thought to be hilarious) t-shirts back in the day...
All personal photos.