Dear Boring Tee Shirts,
First of all, let me say that you all have been my faithful friends, and I love you. You have been willing to be sweated in, thrown in a pool, spilled on, stain treated, and more recently, peed on, drooled on, pooped on and even subject to the occasional barf (thanks to those lovely wee ones). But, the truth is, I am getting bored with you.
Don’t worry, my dear tee shirts! This is not a good bye letter. I have decided not to trade you in for new versions, but to spruce you up a bit. I believe the young folk call this “blinging out” or “pimping my shirts” or some other nonsense. Last month, one of you got a new collar. This week, one of you got some sparkle. Next week, who knows? Dip dye? Leather accents? Bleach pen? Or…gasp…bedazzled? Nope, scratch that last one.
I hope you will be happy in your new forms. You have served me well, even in your boringness, and I forsee many good days ahead of us.
Now, onto the good stuff…
Are you bored with all your tee shirts? Want to make your own sparkle tee shirt? Here we go!
A tee shirt
Sequin fabric. I got this at Joanns, but buying a sparkly shirt from Goodwill would work too.
Thread that matches your sequin fabric
A disappearing marker
Thin white fabric for making your template
First, lay your white fabric on top of the area you want to add the sparkles. I wanted to do the back yoke, and the pocket, but the front yoke would be cute too. PS the yoke is the part that goes around the neck and shoulders, down onto the chest and upper back a bit. The yolk is the yellow part of an egg that my kids refuse to eat hard boiled, haha. Trace with the disappearing marker to make your template.
Once you’ve got your templates, use them to cut out your sequin fabric. Since this is a non raveling fabric, I cut the back yoke to the same size as the template. On the pocket piece, I added a 1/2 inch boarder all the way around. More on that in a sec.
Lay the sequin fabric on the shirt, and pin pin pin pin. Normally I would fuse the fabric to the shirt, but I don’t think the sequins and the iron would get along. Once you’ve pinned, use a small straight stitch to attach it to your shirt. Make sure to not accidentally sew the front and back of your shirt together. (Not that I have personal experience or anything, cough cough.)
For the pocket, cut a piece of white fabric that is the same size as your sequin piece. Remember that this is 1/2 inch bigger all around than your template. Stitch them together, right sides facing each other, leaving a 1 inch opening for turning across the straight part at the top of the pocket.
Clip little triangles into the seam allowance around the curvy part. This makes the pocket lay flatter. The turn the pocket right side out, and stitch across the top where you left the opening with a 1.4 inch seam allowance. Make sure you close the opening.
Lay the pocket on your existing pocket, or where you want to add a pocket, and stitch around it. Don’t stitch the top, unless you don’t care about having a functioning pocket.
There you go! Put on your new sparkle tee shirt, and work it!
Watch out, boring tee shirts. I’m coming for you…
Dear Boring Tee Shirts,