Embellish Plain T-shirts and other items

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Wondering what to do with plain t-shirts? I bought this at Michael’s when they were having a sale. Plain t-shirts were $2.00 each! You can’t beat the price, but unfortunately pretty plain Jane. I liked the V-neck shape. Don’t worry my crochet hook came to the rescue. I decided to embellish the v neck section with 3 roses and 2 leaves. I used simply soft caron for both roses and leaves. You can use whatever medium weight yarn you have available.  You can choose your own colors too.     You can use any size hook (I used a G Hook) and yarn you like (I used a medium weight acrylic yarn).  The bigger the hook the bigger your flowers and leaves.

If you are a visual learner the video step-by-step tutorials are available on my YouTube channel.  I have included the links below.


To begin:  Chain 16

Row 1: 1 sc in each chain, beginning in 2nd chain from hook

row 2: ch 3, [3dc into same ch] ch 3, sl st into next ch, ch 3, 3dc into next ch, ch 3, sl st into next ch (rep 2 times), ch 3, 2dc into next 2 ch, ch 3, sl st into next ch (rep 3 times), sl st into last ch, fasten off. (leave tail to be able to sew into piece). You should have a total of 6 petals

Roll up the strip beginning with the edge with the 3dc series of stitches.. sew the bottom edge of flower. Now you can sew it onto any of your projects.

Small Leaf:

To begin:  loosely chain 10  (You will be working on both sides of your beginning 10 chains)

Rnd 1: 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, hdc into next ch, 1 dc into next ch, 1 trc into next 3 ch, dc into next ch, hdc into next ch, 3sc in last ch.

Now you will begin working on the other side of your beginning 10 chains). hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, 1 trc, into next 3 ch, dc into next ch, sc into next ch, sl st into last ch. Fasten off, sew in tails.

Links for video tutorials below:

Tutorial link for rose:     https://youtu.be/fJFgCscRylE

Tutorial link for leaf:      https://youtu.be/3sK9a6mDy9A

No more plain t-shirts. Ahhh, I love easy solutions. This would also work great for embellishing hats, scarfs, aghans, etc. Or even as a cute pin. Try it on your plain shirts and let me know how they turn out.    Happy Embellishing!


p.s. –  I shared this tip back in 2013.. but it’s still one of my favorite ideas.


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5 Responses to Embellish Plain T-shirts and other items

  1. Janet May 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you for all your wonderful videos. I hope you will remake the “quick & easy deco rose” since the angle was not good and I could not see how you sewed in with the needle. Also, I love where you decorated the t-shirt with the roses but how did you get them so small?

    • Yolanda May 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

      I will look at it and try to do that. Thanks for letting me know some of those were my early videos

      • Janet May 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

        After I commented I realized I should use what I have learned from you and was able to figure out how to finish the rose. I also enjoyed making the leaves. I assume that to make the correct size for the t-shirt embellishment I will use a thin yarn and small needle. God Bless!

  2. Elsie Teal May 13, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

    • Yolanda May 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

      you are welcome, it’s so easy to do

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