This pretty embellished t-shirt cost me less than $5 to make and the poinsettias are subtle enough to wear it well beyond the holiday season.
- 2 t-shirts. I got mine on sale for $2 each. One needs to be the final size for your recipient, and you should buy the other in the largest size they have to have extra fabric to cut up. Scoop or v necklines work best. You won’t use the entire second shirt, so if you want to make more than one, figure on using 1 1/2 shirts per finished shirt.
- A handful of beads (I used 28 beads I cut off from a 25 cent thrift store necklace)
- Needle and thread
- Measuring tape or ruler
Cut the hem off your second shirt, then cut the shirt into 2 inch wide strips. For each shirt you’re making, you’ll need at least 2 of these strips.
Cut one end of the 2 inch wide strips open, then cut as many 3 1/2 inch long pieces of this strip as you can. You’ll need 21 of these 2 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles.
Fold one rectangle in half with long sides together. Then fold short sides together. Cut diagonally across the tiny rectangle, making sure not to cut the two folded edges. You should have a diamond shape. Now pinch the center of the diamond and put a couple of stitches through it to form a petal. Repeat 20 more times (may I suggest you have some nice Christmas music and a cup of hot tea while doing this?)
Arrange the flowers on the neckline of the shirt, then sew into place from the inside of the shirt. You want to sew the centers, and probably a few of the petal edges. And then wrap it up!