This How to Make a Beaded T-shirt Tutorial is the perfect craft for summer!
Were you a child of the ’80’s? How many of you had one of these beaded t-shirts growing up?
I certainly did! I think someone gave it to me as a souvenir… I don’t remember what was on the shirt, but I do remember that I loved the beads!
This craft has been on my to-do list for a couple of years now. I would think about making one of these beaded t-shirts, but never really followed through on the idea. (Imagine that, lol.) Anyway, the trifecta of motivators finally occurred all at once: Walmart had their Faded Glory plain t-shirts on sale for $2.97, I found these red, white and blue pony beads in the craft section and I have a bunch of this transfer paper left over! (This stuff is so cool – the kids are already planning their next t-shirts.)
Don’t forget, I also have a free girls t-shirt pattern, you can use instead of a store bought tee, available for download here.
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To make this t-shirt perfect for summer, I put together this cute red white and blue popsicle design on photoshop and saved it as a pdf in case you wanted to download it and make one for yourself. (The download link can be found on page 2 under, supplies needed.)
I did the transfer and cut the t-shirt myself and then set my little missy to work adding the beads. It took her most of the day (working off and on), but when she finished and tried it on, she loved the top! (In fact, she went to work with Dad today and wore it. They texted me a picture of their lunch – chili at Chili’s – I hope she put a napkin over the t-shirt… That girl is a messy eater, lol)
So cute and perfect for summer, don’t you think?
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Head over to page 2 to grab the download and get the instructions for the t-shirt.