DIY Spirit Overalls

Texas football is a big deal. So around here, girls are prepping their outfits now for those fall football games. My good friend Tiffany is the sponsor of our high school's Spirit Sisters club. The Spirit Sisters is a group of 12th grade girls who promote school spirit and sportsmanship on campus and at athletic events. On any given Friday in the fall, the Spirit Sisters can be easily identified by their unique outfits--Spirit Overalls.

These are Spirit Overalls!

Are Spirit Overalls just a Texas thing? I'm not sure! But just like homecoming mums and most Texas traditions, they are big, over-the-top, gaudy and all kinds of fun. These overalls are the kind of outfit that get you noticed!

Spirit Overalls are handmade by the girls (and/or their moms). The Spirit Sisters wear them every Friday to show their school spirit. Each pair of overalls is unique. I was recruited by Tiffany to help demonstrate ideas and share tips for creating Spirit Overalls. So she organized a little 'craft meet and greet' for me and the Spirit Sisters at our local Michael's store.

Before the event, I crafted a pair of overalls for Tiffany's youngest daughter to use as an example. I also created a list of supplies to pass out to the girls in the club. I began my 'craft lesson' with explaining how I made the overalls and shared tips for success.

To make Spirit Overalls, start by finding a great pair of overalls. Most girls had ordered their overalls from Walmart.com or Forever 21. Some found pairs on Etsy, Ebay or in local resale shops.

I used Heat Bond and fabric to make the applique letters. Heat Bond adheres to back the of fabric with an iron. Then you can cut the fabric into any shape. Letters, paw prints, school mascot etc. Use fabric scissors to cut the fabric into the desired shape and then iron it on to the overalls.

Check the edges carefully to make sure the fabric applique is firmly attached to the denim overalls. At this point, you can sew around the edge of the fabric to finish it. Or you can outline the fabric with fabric paint. The fabric paint is a good option for those without a sewing machine.

Then you can add embellishments like bling, feathers, lace, patches etc.

The best part of Spirit Overalls is making something unique you can wear to show your school spirit.

DIY Spirit Overalls: Materials List
-Fabric Scissors
-Hot Glue Gun 
-Hot Glue Sticks 
-Heat Bond 
-Feather Trim 
-Fabric Paint 
-Iron On Letters 

After the crafting lesson, we all went shopping! The girls had a lot of fun browsing the store together. You can use almost anything on Spirit Overalls! The more design details, the better.

After shopping, we came back to the room and began working.  I brought fabric (left-over from clothing line) to share. And some girls brought along heir moms to help with the crafting. I can't wait to see all the girls in their finished overalls come fall.

Have you ever seen or made Spirit Overalls? 

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