If you’re a woman who wears t-shirts and jeans most of the time you have very few options when it comes to purchasing new shirts: choose a different color, buy one with a v-neck instead of a scoop neck, and select between t’s with pockets and those without pockets. That’s about it. If you’d like a little more variety, but you just don’t want to give up your comfy t-shirts, use assorted methods for making ordinary t’s look much different.
Instantly change the look of a t-shirt by cutting a strip of ribbon. Position the ribbon down the center of the shirt, aligning the end of the ribbon with the neckline. Stitch down both sides of the ribbon. Sew on buttons, even though they’re just for apperance, spacing them evenly apart down the length of the ribbon. If you have no ribbon simply add buttons to the front of the shirt.
When it comes to pocket t-shirts you can change the look of the shirt just by changing the look of the pocket. Options for making designs on pockets include paint markers, stencils and ink, rubber stamping or even appliques. Sew-on appliques can be sewn, of course, but can also be attached using fabric glue.
Change a little girl’s shirt by poking holes in it. Draw a line down the center then make a hole on each side of the line, near the top. Drop down a few inches then make two more holes, on opposite sides of the line. Do this several times. Now cut rectangles of fabric with pinking shears and pull one of them through each set of holes. Tie in a knot. The girl can simply take out the old ties and put in new ones to change the look any time she wants.
Shirt paints that squirt out of bottles makes it easy for you to create a number of different designs. Although you can use stencils and freehand techniques to design the patterns you want you can also just drizzle the paints onto the shirt. Stand over the shirt and barely squeeze the bottle so that the paint comes out in small streams. Let it fall, here and there, all over the shirt.
Rhinestones, buttons or sequin can help you create more glitzy t-shirt designs. Align them to create specific patterns or just use fabric glue to attach them in random order all over the front of the shirt. Use tape to grab rhinestones and sequin and hold them while you position them on the garment. A toothpick can help you hold each one in place as you pull away the tape.
You love your t-shirts but you do get so tired of them always looking nearly the same. When you embellish them yourself you’ll find that there are many different designs you can do to make each one look totally different. Now you’ll have comfort as well as a huge wardrobe – even if they are all t-shirts!