This season's fashion is all about embellishment. Great news if you're handy with a needle and thread! Update tired old winter clothes with some colourful beads and inject new life into your wardrobe.
1. Prepare the Fabric
Pop on your T-shirt and mark off the shoulder line with chalk. This will be where you start the design.
To add stability to the fabric, attach a rectangle of iron-on interfacing to the inside of the sleeve.
2. Create Your Design
Find a flat working surface to lay out your beaded design. Measure your sleeve and mark out the dimensions with tape.
Starting from the centre, build your motif using symmetrical shapes and patterns. Try a few different designs until you find a style you like. My design is half the size of the sleeve so I can repeat it once.
Take a photo of the motif so you don't forget the design.
3. Prepare to Sew
Using tailor's chalk, mark out the area on the sleeve on which you will sew your beaded design.
Cut off half a metre of cotton thread and thread your needle.
Turn the sleeve inside out, and sew a tiny stitch at the top of the sleeve (where you have previously marked out the design) and tie it off at the back. Make the stitch as close to the middle of the design as possible.
4. Sew on the Beaded Design
How to Make Your Own Beaded T-Shirt
This season's fashion is about embellishment. Anyone can update tired old clothes with some colourful beads and a needle and thread.