How To Add Crystals to T-Shirts

A T-shirt is one item of clothing that can be worn everyday and is accepted to be worn in less formal occasions. There are many things that can be done to make a simple and plain T-shirt into something interesting and stunning. Some T-shirts are embellished with embroidery, knitted or crocheted inserts, patches, silkscreen designs and decorative stitches.

The current fashion trend is for T-shirts to have crystals on them. Placed over dark fabrics, these crystals can add pizzazz to a T-shirt and turn it into something that can be worn for an informal evening out. But it does not end with jus dark colored T-shirts. Any color of T-shirt can be turned into something more dazzling and attention grabbing with the choice of crystals and crystal-encrusted designs attached to it. The following tips will guide you on how to add crystals to T-shirts.

  • One of the oldest methods to add crystal beads to T-shirts is to sew them onto the shirt. Although laborious, you can come up with your own designs and combination of crystal beads that will make your T-shirt personalized and unique. There are different sizes, colors and shapes of crystal beads that have holes through it for easier sewing. With strong synthetic thread you can even add crystal beads that will dangle from the cloth as compared to those that are directly attached and lie flat on the fabric.
  • Fabric paint can be used to attach crystals with a flat back onto the T-shirt. You can use the fabric paint to create the design on the shirt and then push a crystal on top of the fabric paint before it dries. The best to use will be the three-dimensional fabric paint comes with a pointed tip. This will allow you to add beads of color onto the shirt and gently push a crystal on top of the paint bead. The paint will adhere to the sides of the crystal and form a strong bond. You can use fabric paint of the same color as the crystals or use a contrasting one.
  • Rhinestones with flat backs can also be made to stick to T-shirts with the use of jewel glue especially made to be used on fabrics. This is a faster alternative to sewing the crystals on to the shirt. Lay the T-shirt on a flat surface and insert a cardboard backing wrapped in plastic into the shirt. Add a small dot of glue to the flat back of the rhinestone and place it on the shirt. Press with a bit of pressure to make sure that the glue spreads over the surface of the rhinestone back and attaches to the shirt. It is best to wash the shirt first to remove the sizing and make the glue adhere better. Also make sure that you have marked the places where you want to put the crystals.
  • If you do not want to go through the process of looking for and tracing a design on the T-shirt, you can look for pre-cut and ready-made designs made of crystals that are available in craft stores. You can just choose the design and color that you want and spread fabric glue on its back before applying it anywhere on your T-shirt.

As you can see it is quite easy to add crystals to resurrect old T-shirts and add more razzle-dazzle to new ones. All you have to do is look for the crystals that your want and some basic design ideas and you are ready to go. You do not exactly need a design to add crystals to T-shirts. You can glue them randomly on your shirts for an overall effect. Wash the T-shirts adorned with crystals by hand to ensure that they stay in place.


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