Pony Beaded T-Shirt Craft

Pony Beaded T-Shirt Craft

My grandson is in a band, and my daughter-in-law recently made some band t-shirts for the family using iron-on pictures of him with his band mates. I wore my META4 t-shirt proudly at their last gig, and it got me to thinking about some of the rocked out t-shirts I used to wear – way back in the day. I don’t think there was ever a concert t-shirt that I didn’t cut up. The fringed and beaded shirts used to be so popular, so I decided to give it a whirl and whipped up this pony beaded t-shirt craft.

Pony Beaded T-Shirt Craft

Before cutting up some of the band t-shirts, I made a sample using a $3 tee that I picked up from Walmart. I went with patriotic colors for this one, and made it for one of my granddaughters. I think she looks so stinkin’ cute in this shirt.

The first step is to cut off the hem from both the bottom of the t-shirt and the sleeves. Be sure to save this fabric for later use when creating the bow. Before I started cutting fringe, I turned the shirt inside out and drew a guide for how high I wanted the fringe to go. On this shirt I used a v-pattern on the bottom, with the fringe going up slightly higher on the sides. I fringed about the bottom 3-4 inches. For the sleeves I pretty much just guessed as I went along. Once you’ve marked how far in you want the fringe to go, simply start cutting strips. Each strip should be about 1/4 inch wide.

Pony Beaded T Shirt Craft

After all your your fringe is cut, add the beads. This is the time consuming part. While it’s a very simple craft, the beads don’t want to go on too easily. I found that if I twisted the end of the fringe, the beads were easier to slide on. You can slide on one bead like I did, or use multiple beads. Once you’ve slid a piece of fringe through the bead, tie a knot at the end to secure it. Repeat this process for each strip of fabric.

Fringed and Beaded T-Shirt

To create the ribbon and fringe on the front of the shirt, cut several strips from the reserved hem. Use one longer strip to tie a bow onto the shirt, and several to bead. Cut 2 slits into the t-shirt where you want the bow to go, then tie on the beaded strips and the bow.

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