Ideas to Embellish Sweatshirts and Tee Shirts

Transform Inexpensive Clothing into Wearable Art

Appliqued t-shirt hanging on desk
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Sweatshirts and tee shirts tend to be rather inexpensive. These wardrobe basics that can easily be turned into something worth far more than you paid for just a little bit of fun embellishing. Dress them up for special occasions and have an inexpensive wardrobe that you can wear with pride. These easy crafts will help you add a personal and creative flair to your everyday wear. 

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    Sew Yourself A Dressed Up Sweat Shirt Project -- Hearts and Cut Work

    Cut Work Hearts on a sweat shirt
    Cut Work Hearts on a sweat shirt. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Free, full, step by step, online directions to dress up any sweatshirt. This is an economical project to transform an inexpensive sweatshirt that works great as a gift. 

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    An Everyday Tee Shirt Embellished with Yo-Yos
    An Everyday Tee Shirt Embellished with Yo-Yos. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This tee shirt is a wonderful project that's easy to sew while watching tv or chatting with friends. It's also a great way to use up yo-yos.

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    Patchwork Patches and Embroidery Patches to embellish a shirt
    Patchwork Patches and Embroidery Patches. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Having trouble finding something to do with your old embroidery samples? Don't throw away those past experiments and samples. Use them to decorate shirts! This pattern is an elegant way to upcycle your wardrobe.

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    Step by Step Instructions to Sew a Halloween Pumpkin Appliqued Sweat Shirt
    Halloween Pumpkin Applique. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Feel weird about dressing up in a costume but still want to be in on the Halloween fun? A shirt with a jack-o-lantern appliqued may be just the ticket! Here's a quick and easy pattern to add some pumpkin spice to your fall wardrobe. 

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    Sew a Fall Shirt with Colorful Leaves and Acorns

    Learn how to sew an Oak Leaf and Acorn Fall Applique
    Oak Leaf and Acorn Fall Applique. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Fall Leaves are always a beautiful array of colors. Applique them on a shirt to enjoy to this colorful season. This pattern is an easy way to add some color to your fall sweatshirts. 

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    Dress up an Inexpensive Sweatshirt with Cut Work

    Sweat Shirt with Cut Work and Beads
    Sweat Shirt with Cut Work and Beads. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    That old sweatshirt will be far from plain and simple when you are done with this embellishment technique. These beautiful beads and cut work totally transform an inexpensive sweatshirt in these step by step directions. This pattern will show you a unique way to personalize your wardrobe with your favorite beads.

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    Materials to hoop and stabilize a tee shirt
    Materials to hoop and stabilize a tee shirt for machine embroidery. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Embroidering a tee shirt takes an inexpensive ready-made clothing item and turns it into something to take notice of. Sounds simple enough... until you stretch the fabric as you hoop it. Or you launder the tee shirt to end up with a puckered mess. But don't let that discourage you! The good news is that all those problems are easily avoided with these step by step directions. You'll be adding fun personalized embroidery to your wardrobe in no time.