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Burlap and buttons shirt (tutorial)

Burlap and buttons shirt tutorial


This was a simple off-white cotton shirt, which I revamped using burlap strings and buttons.
burlap button shirt
An easy project, that really does not need any tutorial to get you started.

DIY shirt refashion

burlap and buttons shirt
 I started by choosing the design I wanted for my shirt and traced it over. Once I was happy with the look, I gave it for machine embroidery. Another great option would be to hand paint it.
To complete the project
  • Burlap strings
  • Needles and threads (black and white threads in this project)
  • Buttons (of your choice)
  • To make the box around the embroidery, you will need 8 braided burlap strings.
  • Cut two burlap strings of same length according to your pattern. Tie a knot at one end and twist them together to make a braid.
  • Pin the braids in place and hand thread them into the fabric. I made 5 loops (3 white loops between 2 black loops) after each 1/4 inch.
  • Now place and arrange the buttons in different positions
  • When you are convinced with the look, sew them in place.
  • When you are finished sewing the burlap strings and buttons, the backside will look like this (note that the interfacing is already their, because I gave it for embroidery. If you plan to paint instead of embroidery, you will need to stick the interfacing on the back before you thread the burlap strings, for a neat look)
  • And your front side will look like this.
I was not sure, if this project will be a disaster or it will turn out good!
So, I did not take any pictures for tutorial. Now I wish I would have taken some pictures to share with you.
But I hope it was easy to understand!
Till we meet again!
Have a great week, filled with fun and joy.
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21 responses to “Burlap and buttons shirt (tutorial)”

  1. Hi Hani……. fabulous really … it looks so smart… great job, choice of colours, design all is very beautiful really love it very much I may go one for my daughters long frock neckline like this,,, Thanks for sharing I am linked up it on my FaceBook page…


  2. Catherine says:

    This is a fabulous creation! I've seen a lot of diy clothing on blogs in the last year and am impressed by how different & creative this is {and how it doesn't look “homemade”, but more like something you'd get at a boutique}. Love it!

  3. CREATIVE MIND says:

    This is Super Cute..you did nice job,well i want to ask one thing..you did this machine embroidery yourself??or you just couch the threads according to embroidery?
    & what about string folding,?is it easy to handle the several strings..?
    over all its very nice 🙂

  4. Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum says:

    This is simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I am visiting from Ladybug Blessings.

  5. Zainab says:

    Hani!! I saw this on you at Mariam's place, I didn't know you had made it! Thought you had bought it from Pakistan maybe.. but WOW! It looked SO smart! Love the pictures!!!

  6. Little Treasures says:

    Oh my!! This is truly stunning!!!

  7. Jill says:

    Unique and stylish! I love it – great work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Wow that is really cool. It has that hippy chic look! My girlfriend will love this!

  9. Plateful says:

    Hani, this is brilliant! Totally loved your top and the work! Way to go girl!!

    On a personal note, oh my gosh, you are so tall and lean…mashaAllah!

  10. Wow!! thats super impressive! Love it 🙂

  11. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    This looks so pretty, Hani! Wonderful!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! 🙂
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  12. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife says:

    This is beautiful!! TFS!! Stopping by from Truly Lovely and your newest follower.

    Come on by my blog when you have a moment. This is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/red-simplicity-cynthia-rowley-dress.html

  13. Felicia @ All Things Fee says:

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing at All Things Fee!

  14. Ashley says:

    this is cool, looks like a lot of work, love it!!! turned out grerat

  15. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says:

    Hani – Your shirt is gorgeous! I love the burlap – very unique and cool! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16. angie says:


  17. the purple muse says:

    You are so super talented! Thanks for sharing:-)


  18. Michelle says:

    Wow, the details are amazing! Really cool idea to braid burlap string for a shirt. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  19. Misty @Creative Itch says:

    Amazing shirt!! Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'! I'll be featuring you on Tuesday, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

  20. btanders says:

    Wow! This is AMAZING!!

  21. smitha says:


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