BurlapLadiesSewingTutorials. September 13th, 2022

Burlap and buttons shirt (tutorial)

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Burlap and buttons shirt tutorial

This was a simple off-white cotton shirt, which I revamped using burlap strings and buttons to make boutique style buttons shirt.
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.
embroidered pattern on shirt
To complete the project

Burlap and buttons boutique shirt material

  • Burlap strings
  • Needles and threads (black and white threads in this project)
  • Buttons (of your choice)
burlap string
buttons in colors
Trace your pattern on the shirt and have the embroidered pattern done. I had it done from someone but if you have the embroidery machine you can do it yourself.

How to make boutique buttons shirt?

  • 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.
burlap and buttons shirt boutique embroidery tutorial
  • Now place and arrange the buttons in different positions
  • When you are convinced with the look, sew them in place.
burlap strings and buttons art on shirt
burlap and buttons embroidery boutique shirt
  • 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)
boutique shirt
  • And your front side will look like this.
boutique shirt burlap and buttons
boutique shirt
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!
Here’s what I made last week:

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  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

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  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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