Five products you can use to embellish your t-shirts

Feeling creative?Plain old t-shirts are boring.  They need a splash of color or a piece of fabric attached to them to make them interesting.  There are a number of products available that can enhance the appearance of your regular duds.  You can find the following items online or at your favorite arts and crafts store.  They are:

1.    Embroidered patches. Choose one that makes a bold statement like an electric guitar or a skull and crossbones.  You can either iron or sew these items onto your shirt in a visible location (Indigo offers embroidery on a minimum of 20 items).

2.    Glitter. Glitter fabric paint and pens can make an ordinary t-shirt look extraordinary by highlighting certain areas of a design.

3.    Printed ribbon. You can cut slits into your t-shirt and lace the ribbon through the holes.  This can create a wide range of looks depending on the size, colour, and location of the ribbon.

4.    Fabric pens paint and pens. There are a large variety of these items to choose from.  In fact, when it comes to painting on fabric, you can brush it on or spray it on depending on which method you prefer.

5.    Buttons. By now, you probably know how to sew on a button to your clothing.  Rather than stop at one, why not fill a whole t-shirt with these colourful accessories?  You can create a pattern ahead of time by drawing on some paper or make up your design as you go along.  Either way, you’ll have a whole lot of fun with needle and thread!

A book like 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt Into Something Special or Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-Shirt can give you all sorts of inspiration when it comes to decorating and embellishing your tees.  You can pick up a copy at your local library or purchase one at a brick and mortar book store or an on-line retailer like Amazon.  That way, you’ll always have it on hand in case you need new ideas on how to wear your t-shirts.

A few simple snips of a pair of scissors or stitches of embroidery floss can significantly alter the way that your t-shirts look.  Experimenting with different arts and craft supplies can be a fun endeavour that has measurable results at the end.  If you’re looking for a way to jazz up a plain t-shirt, consider using some of the items listed above.  Not only will you have something cool to wear, you may discover just how creative you really are in the process.

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