Get Crafty: Studded T-Shirt

studs 0901114I’m obsessed with anything that has details: studs, chains, pearls, you name it. I love anything that gives my outfit a little attitude.

I’ve been on the hunt for a studded shirt for months and couldn’t find anything I really liked. Last weekend, I was perusing through the Old Navy clearance rack and I found this t-shirt for $7. *Score* I ran over to Michael’s and found a variety of studs, from silver to gold, to the kind with the teeth that you poke through the fabric, to these “iron on” studs. (Tip: They were in the aisle with the t-shirts and puff paints.)

These particular ones came in a 5″ x 5″ sheet. Each stud is connected by a little string. Originally, I thought these were iron on (as the label instructed). Imagine my dismay when I opened the package, only to find out that you need fabric glue (what IS that?!) or you need to sew these on by hand. UGHHHHH. I had my mind set that I was going to finish this project tonight. I just HAD to.

So, I took a deep breath and decided to tackle it. The only glue I had in my apartment was Krazy Glue. Krazy Glue works on pretty much everything BUT fabric. Great. I had no choice but to turn to my trusty sidekick, my sewing box. I hand sewed each stud, and cut off the excess sheet, mimicking the pattern from one side to the other.

Quick tip: Before I started sewing, I measured my “design” to see how far down I wanted to go, and traced a faint line with my “sewing pencil” (It’s made for fabric, and smudges out when you rub the fabric together.)

This project took about two hours to do. It was a little frustrating because the studs kept moving as I sewed. I did try to pin it down, but that didn’t really work either. Next, I want to try a pair of ballet flats — and try “fabric glue”. (I still think it’s not a real thing.)