My Birthday Suit- Creating Embellished Clothing with Screen Print Transfers and Rhinestone Patches
Updated: Aug 9, 2022
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If you have been following me for awhile, you know that while I love tumbler making, I also have many other things I love to do, create, and design. My creative and artistic abilities often stretch into many areas of life, even into the clothing I wear!
My birthday weekend was coming up and I was going away for the weekend. This was the perfect time to embellish some clothes to make them fun and pop with energy and bright colors. I love having fun with my clothes and taking them to the next level. And I couldn't wait to see the end result using just a few glittery and fun embellishments.
Like many of you who are creatives, oftentimes your mind's eye just sees something and then you *need* to make it happen. That's exactly what happened to me when I saw these screen print transfers from Wild and Gorgeous. I just *knew* I needed to do something special with these.
I ended up making a "Howdy Howdy" t-shirt, some jean shorts, and a denim jacket with the phrase "Let's Get Rowdy," all of which included some embellishments and patches.
Things I used to create my embellished clothing
Here is what I used to create my embellished clothing:
Clothing- t-shirt, jean shorts, and denim jacket were all purchased from TJMaxx, but you can use anything! Go thrifting and give second hand clothes a new life or take something from your own closet and upcycle! Be creative and making something old become new and fun again.
Wild and Gorgeous screen print transfers
The silver rhinestone and pink sequin star patches are iron on, but you can also use a heat press if you have one on hand.
The screen print transfers from Wild and Gorgeous do require a heat press, though.
Tips on Using a Heat Press for Screen Print Transfers
Screen print transfers like the ones I used from Wild and Gorgeous need to be applied with a heat press. Below are the temperature and times I used for each of the screen print transfers I used:
Single color (Lets get Rowdy)- 350 degrees Fahrenheit with heavy pressure for 7 seconds, then hot peel.
Full color (Howdy Howdy Howdy)- 320 degrees Fahrenheit with heavy pressure for 10 seconds, then hot peel.
If you have already placed your patches on your clothing before adding the screen print transfer, be sure to use a protective cloth or scrap piece of fabric to cover your patches while pressing with your heat press so you don’t damage your press or patches.
Want to add a little more life and love? Try distressing your embellished clothing!
I love the look of distressed clothing. There is something about distressing your clothing and adding a bit of glitz and color that just makes my heart happy.
If you want to distress your shirt and add some holes, I suggest using a rotary blade. This is my go-to tool when I am distressing my clothing.
Here are some tips on how to properly distress your clothing, especially when working with thin material like in a t-shirt:
Use a self-healing mat inside of the shirt so you don’t cut all the way through.
Do small cuts and larger cuts around to add to that distressing.
You can do this on denim, too! To really up the distressed look you can use a cheese grater on the denim after you make your cuts. That will rough it up and make the holes look natural.
I absolutely LOVE how everything came out, and it was the perfect addition to my birthday weekend wardrobe. I was ready to sober babe party, and I knew I was going to look good doing it.
See my full birthday weekend look here:
Shop some of the other items from these looks:
Glitter Babe necklace
Turquoise star necklace from Pony Express
Let me know if you try any of these looks or embellishments on your clothing. I always love to see your creative juices flowing, babes!