Who doesn’t have loads of tee shirts with short sleeves? Most of us do, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could change the look when we want, without a lot of hassle? You can when you try this quick and easy craft that’s simple enough for even the youngest crafter. And, the cost is so cheap that you’ll want to make lots and lots of them.
What is it? Something as simple as a pin. Not any ordinary pin, though – a beaded pin which you make yourself in seconds. Purchase giant 3″ pins for this craft. Choose any bead designs you want, as long as they’ll thread onto the pin, so you’ll want to choose ones that have a nice-size hole.
Make any design you want to on the pin, using the beads in various combinations. Slide the beads onto the pin until it is full but can still fasten. Gather the sleeve from the hem to the shoulder area, slipping the pin over the gathered sleeve. Make sure the beads are on top and the bare side of the pin is under the gathers, unseen.
After slipping on the pins, one on each sleeve, the shirt instantly has a totally new look. And who says you have to stop at one pin? Use two or three pins for an even different appearance. Use letter beads so you can spell words on the pin, or just combine seasonal colors, like green, yellow and pink for an Easter theme. There’s no limit to the designs you can make using assorted bead designs.
You can use smaller pins to make gathered sleeves on children’s outfits. Remember, the smaller the shirt, the smaller the beads need to be, so there’s no bulky or lumpy look to the shirt. For children’s shirts take advantage of the many beads you’ll find in designs like butterflies, kittens, or floral designs.
A way to make the beaded pins look even different is to make some beads – or charms – dangle from the pin. Push a piece of thin wire, or fishing twine, through one bead. Pull the ends together and slide some more beads on. Glue on the last bead. Now string this set onto the pin, along with other individual beads, to make dangling designs that are unique and pretty.
The safety pin designs don’t necessarily have to be made strictly for tee shirts. The pins look cute dangling on shoestrings, purses, scarves, belts and hats. You’ll find the safety pins in silver-tone and even gold-tone types, making your design choices even broader.
Instead of beads, or in combination with the beads, you can also use shank-type buttons to design the pins. Buttons come in so many designs nowadays that you’ll be able to create hundreds of different designs. And when you combine them with the beads you’ll have a design that will grab attention every time. No beads or buttons? Wad up foil pieces to form balls and stick the needle through them, just like you would a bead, for a metallic touch to your shirt.
Tee shirts are comfy and plentiful in most people’s wardrobes, but when you make the decorative pins to go on them, you can easily wear a different shirt every day. Although the pin craft isn’t suitable for men or boys, women and little girls will love how easy they are to put together, and how much variety they’ll lend to the wardrobe.