DIY T-Shirts with Swarovski Crystal Hotfix Flatback Sea Life Motifs
designed byCheri Carlson
TechniqueSwarovski Crystal Rhinestones
With a few stencils and a dash of creativity, you can make your own flatbacked t-shirts in any pattern that you choose.
Swarovski Hotfix flatbacks can be used with ease on clothes We created fun sea life designs using stencils found at our local craft store. You can choose your own favorite design and use colors that speak to you Follow these instructions and learn how Hotfix can really bling up your style.
Lay out the shirt of your choice onto your work surface and measure from the underarm seam and across the chest. Place a pin in the center of this measurement. Do the same just under the neckline, from arm seam to arm seam.
Run a thread from the pin at the neckline down to the first pin you placed and tape the thread in place.
Choose the design you want to create with flatbacks. We used a stencil from a craft store.
Make a paper frame to fit around the image.
Using the thread taped to the shirt as your center guide, place the frame in the center of the shirt at the level desired. Center the stencil in the frame.
Use a fabric pencil to draw the outline of the stencil onto your shirt. The fabric pencil is faint, but perfect for using as a guide when placing flatbacks.
Use a Crystal Katana rhinestone pick-up tool to place your chosen crystals. Choose the best sizes to fill the area as you go. Use a Hotfix tool to adhere the hotfix flatbacks to your shirt. Use these steps to create all kinds of projects featuring Swarovski Hotfix rhinestone designs.
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Nice choice! All or most of the products needed for this project are shown
below with quantities. Sometimes we sell out of components and aren’t able to order more from
the manufacturer (we know, it is very disappointing to us, too). Use the opportunity to mix up
the design and make it yours by substituting similar products or altering the entire color
scheme—it’s up to you!