Quick and Easy Patriotic T-Shirt Makeover with BUTTONS

It is that time of year, the red…white…and blue time that is!  Here is a quick and easy way to up-cycle an old t-shirt into a festive masterpiece fit for the grandest of parades.  It is shown in patriotic style but could be done in any color theme for any occasion.


You only need a few things…buttons (Laura Kelly’s patriotic mix is best), embroidery floss (Coats and Clark is my favorite), HOT glue (Ad-tech of course)  and ribbon.


Make the ribbon flowers with button centers using your HOT glue.  It works best to do the ribbon part first and then add the buttons at the end.  Then sew them and additional buttons around the neck of the shirt.  If you want to go button crazy, you can sew red, white and blue buttons all of the shirt to look like polka dots.

If you like the shirt and you want an additional patriotic button craft idea to upcycle these denim shorts, visit Laura on her blog for directions.

If you want to win this prize, (buttons in an awesome Viewtainer, Beacon Zip Dry, and a Laura Kelly notepad with a Sharpie,  go like Laura on her Facebook page or post a comment on this blog and you will be entered!


Happy Creating using BUTTONS, imagination and LOVE.





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28 Responses to Quick and Easy Patriotic T-Shirt Makeover with BUTTONS

  1. lesley June 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE buttons…….i drool on your projects and products!

  2. Cindy Brown June 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM #

    Cute idea! Would love to win today!

  3. Barbara Moore June 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM #

    I went to Laura Kelley’s blog and left a comment but was unable to get to her Facebook page from here. I love both of the tutorials and would really love to win this giveaway! What a wonderful t-shirt makeover.

  4. Paula June 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    I really love your 15 minute Friday projects. After a busy, hectic day all I want to do is relax and unwind but sometimes life’s obligations don’t allow the time required to complete a project. With your 15 minute projects I can always find time to craft.
    Thank you.

  5. Katie Berry June 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM #

    Oh my gosh…Buttons, Buttons, Buttons, I love Buttons!!!! I would love to have these!!! :)

  6. leslierahye June 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM #

    I love this idea! I believe I even have the supplies at home to do it and I was just thinking I needed a new patriotic shirt for this week! Thank you for the inspiration Laura!

  7. carol in Indiana June 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

    Very creative! What a fun Summer project ; )

  8. Barb Wagar June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM #

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and that T-shirt upgrade with flowers is real cute! Thanks for the chance to win Buttons and other goodies!

  9. kelly cooper June 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM #

    Great giveaway! I would love to win. I have several projects in the works!

  10. jean June 29, 2013 at 12:33 AM #

    How easy and yet so creative and beautiful. I’m going to make one and maybe even a headband. Thanks for the idea and for the chance to win.

  11. Pat Butler June 29, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

    Buckets of Beautiful Buttons!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Barb Krause June 29, 2013 at 1:04 AM #

    loving the patriotic ideas,thanks!

  13. kbo June 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM #

    The flower buttons on the denim shorts,clever. One can never have too many buttons.

  14. Tara June 29, 2013 at 1:27 AM #

    Really cute ideas! Thank You for sharing them.

  15. doris June 29, 2013 at 1:42 AM #

    I love buttons.but win something never happen in my life time. Bless you who have won.

  16. Julie Newman June 29, 2013 at 2:00 AM #

    “I love scrapbooking” sent me for a chance to win one of your goody bags/ giveaways! I love your page already. Woo hoo! I love buttons!

  17. Sam Siegel June 29, 2013 at 2:46 AM #

    LOve buttons!

  18. Karen Schroeder June 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM #

    What a great prize! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Wee Yi Xin June 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM #

    Wow such a quick and easy idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Sharon G June 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

    I am always looking for ideas for 4th of July shirts, I don’t want to look like everyone else, so this is great. Shorts to go with it how great!

  21. Lisa June 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

    I love your site! Please enter me for the contest, thanks.

  22. Toby MacDonald June 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    Thank you, love your ideas. Love the contests too.
    Toby MacDonald

  23. Boni Grabusky June 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM #

    oh yes me and Grandgirl need to try this ! Thanks :)

  24. Angel Chambers June 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM #

    I already had ur fb page liked. This is a super fun altered t shirt idea!!! I know I could reallllllly use those buttons and zip dry… I mean, like, for real!!! Thanks for the blog post and offering the giveaway!

  25. Denise Bryant June 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM #

    cute projects! I love buttons!

  26. Susan June 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM #

    Cute idea and I love buttons!

  27. Kristy July 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM #

    “like” her page! :) Thanks!

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