Recently I blogged about DIY ideas using pearls, and I was inspired to embellish a shirt collar with some pearl beads I had in my stash. I’ve seen several versions of this DIY, some with many additional elements, but I wanted to keep it pretty simple. I used two slightly different colors of pearl beads, plus some metallic silver beads, to create a pearl gradient.
Shirt to embellish
1. Place some of the pearl beads on your shirt to decide how you’d like to arrange them. I decided to go with a gradient, but you may want to cluster them or completely cover the collar.
2. Starting with the tip of the collar, begin sewing on the beads. Try to sew the beads onto just the top fabric layer of the collar, so no threads will show on the underside.
3. Continue sewing on the beads, gradually decreasing the density. I just eyeballed everything, but you might want to use a piece of chalk or fabric marker to help you arrange your beads.
4. Repeat on the other side of the collar.
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.