DIY – Beaded Button Down Shirt

I was perusing the DIY blogs and ran into this amazing project.  This is on my list to do, but I have a few projects on my sewing table yet and need to finish those before I start up another one.  This is so incredibly cute and so very easy to do!  You don’t need a sewing machine, just some patience and a good attitude!  I will post my finished product once I get to it.  Feel free to show me yours if you do this one!

What you need:

  • a button down shirt
  • a mix of beads
  • a needle that is sturdy and fits through the beads
  • matching thread – strong thread

Once you’ve got these things, you’re ready to rock and roll!


Keep the shirt buttoned. Thread the needle with about a yard of thread and tie the ends into a double knot. Push the needle through the backside of the middle of the “placket”.  Yes, that is actually the name of that part with the buttons.


Slide a bead onto the needle and bring the needle back through the fabric on the other side of the bead. Continue sewing beads onto the fabric using this running stitch.


After adding 5-6 beads, secure the stitch by tying off the thread with a double knot. This helps reinforce the stitch, especially with the weight of the beads. If the thread is long enough, continue to stitch on another group of beads. If the thread runs out, go ahead and cut the thread and start again with the first step.


Continue adding beads in small groups.


Once you’ve gone about 3/4 of the way down, stop!


And you’re done!


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I love her blog!  It’s got so many amazing ideas, it will be sure to keep you inspired!

You can find some cute glass beads here:

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