Plain Tee Project | Sequin Heart DIY T-Shirt

My day-to-day uniform is usually skinny jeans and a funky t-shirt. It’s easy to throw on a cardigan, cute flats and dash out the door. Right after Christmas I bought six long-sleeve Gap t-shirts. They were soft, comfy and on sale! The only downside was that they were a bit plain. A little embellishment goes a long way in jazzing up an outfit and hiding a few figure flaws, right?

So I’m starting the Plain Tee Project – a series of posts about simple, fun ways to fix up a basic T-shirt.

DIY Sequin Heart T-Shirt

First up, sequins and hearts! Perfect timing! You guys aren’t sick of those yet, are you? I hope not because it’s still January. We haven’t even hit the February hearts and flowers rush. But this DIY t-shirt is totally worth it because you can wear this long after Valentine’s Day is over. And when you buy sequin trim to make this lip gloss holder you just need a bit extra to make this shirt.

Sequin Heart DIY T-Shirt

You will need:

  • A plain T shirt. The one I bought is now out of stock but this one is similar. So is this short-sleeve version
  • Gold sequin trim – available at any craft store.
  • Jewel glue – I used Gem-Tac
  • Small paint brush

DIY T-shirt Tutorial

First, lay your shirt out flat and draw out the heart with the sequin trim. I drew a heart that’s open and a bit off center but you can do the shape you like. Then use straight pins to pin it in place. Add more rows of trim, slightly overlapping each one, and pin in place.

plain t-shirt tutorial

Make the heart as thick as you want. I used 4 rows all the way around, with 5 on the upper left. After the trim is in place, glue each row with Gem-Tac. This stuff is sturdy but I definitely recommend having your shirt dry cleaned.

Sequin Heart DIY T-Shirt
That’s it! Wearing with kiss pants is optional.

P.S. If you read Friday’s post, you might be wondering, ‘What is up with her hair? I thought it was brown now?’ Or you just might be thinking, ‘What is up with her crazy hair?!’ That’s usually what I say about my hair. Shouldn’t short hair be easier?

A little blogging secret is that I took these photos a week or so ago. My photographer friend is only available on the weekends so I scramble to shoot all my projects in an hour before she starts hating me for needing so many dang pictures!


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  1. says

    This is a cool idea, I have lots of plain t-shirts, now I just need to try doing what you do with some of them. Sequins are perfect for these kind of things. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing this design. I just love it and want to share it with my pals. Would it be OK if I put this link on my blog to share with them? You really have some great DIY ideas.

  3. says

    I just love how you can’t leave well enough alone. If it were me, I’d buy the striped shirt and be happy with a new purchase. I’d love to have your vision! LOL You look great by the way.

    Anne xx

    • gerbermom says

      I HATE being the model! Someone pinned my photo and there was this whole discussion about me being a “real, curvy” girl. And here I thought I looked relatively skinny! :)

    • gerbermom says

      Go for it Claire! I think you can get away with any kind of glitter, sequins or hearts on Valentine’s Day :)

  4. says

    OOoooohhhh!!! I want to do that on a sweatshirt… think cute cut sweatshirt! That’s an awesome idea and I really love the shape of your heart! :D Fantastic share!

    • gerbermom says

      I could spend hours – days! – in the trim section. I now make myself avoid it at JoAnn’s or my hubby gets annoyed with me for being gone too long :)

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