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Embellish Sweatshirts and Tee Shirts

Transform Inexpensive Clothing into Wearable Art

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Sweatshirts and tee shirts are on the inexpensive side of a wardrobe. Sales and craft departments often charge well under five dollars for these wardrobe basics that can easily be turned into something worth well over the price you paid with just a little bit of fun embellishing. Dress them up for special occasions and and have an inexpensive wardrobe that you can wear with pride.

1. Dress up an Inexpensive Sweat Shirt with Cut Work

Sweat Shirt with Cut Work and Beads
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A sweat shirt is far from plain and simple when you are done with this embellishment technique. Beads and cut work totally transform an inexpensive sweatshirt in these step by step directions.

2. Sew a Halloween Pumpkin Appliqued Sweat Shirt

Step by Step Instructions to Sew a Halloween Pumpkin Appliqued Sweat Shirt
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Feel weird about dressing up in a costume but at the same time you don't want to be in on the fun? A shirt with a jack-o-lantern appliqued may be just the ticket!

3. Sew Yourself A Dressed Up Sweat Shirt Project -- Hearts and Cut Work

Cut Work Hearts on a sweat shirt
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Sew Yourself A Dressed Up Sweat Shirt Project -- Hearts and Cut Work Free, full, step by step, online directions Dress up a sweat shirt. An economical project to transform an inexpensive sweatshirt.

4. Sew a Fall Shirt with Colorful Leaves and Acorns

Learn how to sew an Oak Leaf and Acorn Fall Applique
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Fall Leaves are always a beautiful array of colors. Applique them on a shirt to enjoy to season.

5. Dress Up Garments with Frayed Patchwork Patches and Embroidery Samples

Patchwork Patches and Embroidery Patches to embellish a shirt
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Don't throw away patchwork or embroidery samples and experiments. Use them to decorate shirts.

6. Yo-Yo Tee Shirt With Hand Sewn Blanket Stitch and Chain Stitch

An Everyday Tee Shirt Embellished with Yo-Yos
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

This tee shirt was a wonderful project to sew while I watched television and a great way to use up yo-yos.

7. Machine Embroidering Tee Shirts or Stretchy Fabric

Materials to hoop and stabilize a tee shirt
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

Embroidering a tee shirt takes a very inexpensive ready-made clothing item and turns it into something to take notice of. Sounds simple enough... until you stretch the fabric as you hoop it. Or you launder the tee shirt to end up with a puckered mess. The good news is that all those problems are easily avoided with the step by step direction you'll find in this article.

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