Monday, June 25, 2012

Rhinestone Tshirt by Becki W.

Here's a quick little project to get you ready for summer - bling up an old T-Shirt!  Need a new summer wardrobe but don't have a lot of money?  Then this is just the thing you need!  You might have already heard I was afraid of rhinestones.  But not anymore.  I am pushing forward and moving on to bigger things!  OK, the rhinestone flower might not be big but it's a step up.

I wanted to use the Parker Flower by Judy Stark again.  One because I love that flower and two because it would go great with my new hair clips.  Once again, I took out the middle pieces out of the file to make it look more defined in rhinestones.  I wrote what size rhinestones the pattern was cut for on the template.  If you need help using Funtime with your Gazelle to make rhinestone templates, please see Terri's awesome tutorial.  I can't say it any better than she can.  I really learned a lot when starting with rhinestones from Terri.  

Just thought I would show some action shots. This rhinestone placing technique is shown in the video.  It would probably make more sense to see it then me writing it.  I just used a paint edger you can get at your local hardware store to gently push the stones into the template.

Most will be right side up, there may be a few that don't, just flip them over with your fingernail.  Now they are ready for the transfer tape and placement on your garment.

As I have stated before, I am kind of a plain jane.  Now I have the perfect solution to jazz up my many T-Shirts.  In fact, so plain am I, that I have about 20 of these shirts in various colors with slightly different styles and no markings.  Maybe I should make a bunch of Rs or Bs to monogram them all like Laverne from Laverne & Shirley.  Wow, I probably just dated myself, didn't I?  Ooops.

All done!  Doesn't my shirt look look flashy?!?  I love it!  One little tip, since the stones are on the transfer tape, it would probably be a good idea to put on the shirt and then stick the tape where you want it.  I put my design just slightly too far to the left.  Lesson learned.  While it's placement looked OK to me with the shirt flat, on my body it looks a tad off.
I think this would look good with an R for Rebecca too.  What do you think?  What are some other cute simple designs to bling-bling up an a boring ol' shirt for summer?  Hit the comments and let me know!  Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Parker Pop Kut Flower by Judy Stark
plain shirt


1 comment:

Marge said...

Fabulous re-do on an 'old' shirt! You could do a simple palm tree; one of my favorite polo shirts has a clear rhinestone palm tree on it & just LOVE that old shirt and have always gotten compliments on it -- only problem is it's just shrunk so much over the years - HA-HA-HA!!! ;-(