Spring Bling T-shirt

I’ve done it again people. I created a darling little girl thing that has no place to go and no reason to exist in my world. But I just couldn’t resist. I’m calling it my Spring Bling T-shirt. It’s a rhinestone shirt with a cute butterfly on it-a perfect way to get excited for spring. I made it using my Silhouette and their designer edition software. Don’t have a Silhouette? That’s ok. I’ll show you how you can still make it.

Girl's Spring Bling T-Shirt

Awww! Is it cute? I like it. You could make it with a bunny or a flower or anything really.

Spring Bling Rhinestone T-Shirt Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

Blank t-shirt

Fabric for the butterfly (or whatever image you want to put on your shirt)

Heat ‘n’ Bond

Iron transfer Rhinestones (or Silhouette Rhinestone Kit)

Designer Software for Silhouette (optional but very helpful)



Prewash your shirt and your fabric. Iron it so it is ready to use.

Attach your Heat ‘n’ Bond to the back of  a small piece of your fabric. Cut out your shape. I used my Silhouette to cut out my butterflies. (Have I mentioned that I LOVE that I can cut fabric with that machine!?) I cut one first, then sized it up a little and cut the other.

Iron your shapes to your shirt:


Now, if you have a Silhouette you can follow the following instructions. I am going to show you how you can use the designer software to create this project. Don’t have the designer software? That’s part of Silhouette’s promotion this month. Use the code PROJECTS to get the Designer Edition Software for just $24.99 (half the normal price). Get it here.

OK, so here’s what you can do with this software.

Here’s my original image:


I only wanted to work with the butterfly and maybe the bunny, so I deleted the other 2. And I erased the bunny’s face:


Now, the bunny is slightly crooked in this image, so, using a handy pivot tool that the designer software includes, I pivoted him so that he is straight up and down: Pivoted

And then using an even handier tool that the designer edition has, I made him out of rhinestones!  (That’ just done with the click of a button…see that red button on the top of this picture? It makes anything a rhinestones pattern for you with the designer software.)Rhinstones

Then all I have to do is use a rhinestone kit to do the rest. I am not going to show the step by step for that because this video will show you what to do: Rhinestones Video

If you are not using a Silhouette what you need to do is get your rhinestones and lay your shirt on your ironing board and then lay the rhinestones out on your shirt how you want them. You will then iron them in place (using the instructions on your rhinestone package). It will probably ask you to put a cloth over the shirt and iron for about 15 seconds.

I made the antenna out of rhinestones as well as a little flying trail:

Adding rhinestones to a shirt

How to Make a Rhinestone T-Shirt

After that I just hand sewed on a cute little bow to add some pop.


And that’s it! Now you’ve got a super cute shirt for spring. You could also do this on a bag or something. Girl's Spring Bling T-Shirt

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  1. Kim H says

    I’d love to make some fancy cutout appliques on shirts or character towels. I was thinking of this tonight as I was cutting multiple shapes & letters out by hand.

  2. Jeannie says

    What a cute shirt! Unfortunately, I am in the same boat as you, not needing it for my four boys, but they do have little girl cousins! And what a great giveaway!

  3. lesley says

    this is adorable!!! i have to work my way up to this – i have been concentrating on jewelry but have started branching out.

    • lesley says

      i want to make cards and gift items to put in a store i consign my jewelry at…..people love personalized gift stuff!

  4. Jenifer says

    I think it would be wonderful if I won this giveaway. I’d make a onesie with something cute on it for my neice that will be born any day now.

  5. Erica says

    Great shirt! Love the trail showing the butterfly “moving”. Would love to make a couple birthday gift shirts for a couple special little girls.

  6. Heidi says

    My mind is whirling with project ideas that I could use a silhouette for. I would never cut out a shape or design by hand again. :)

  7. BriAnne Thomson says

    I would love you use it to make lots of cute shirts for my kids. And it would have made the fabric lettering I put up on my living room wall so much easier! I’ve wanted to do more, but have been putting it off because of the time involved. If I had a sillhouette, I’d be putting fun quotes all over my walls!

  8. Kathy E. says

    I would like to make my own shapes to appliqué onto items like shirts, bags, towels, etc. I’ve got a ton of purchased appliqué designs, but it would be so much fun to create my own. Happy early birthday!

  9. Candy Erb says

    My granddaughters would be in 7th Heaven if I got this. I’m teaching them to sew (ages 7-18) and they love adding things to just about everything ready made. Have never heard of this product before, but will really look into more now.

  10. Chrissie says

    I want to make some spring bunting…I’ve got just the stash fabric, and I’d like to use the butterfly and rhinestone idea for them!

  11. Stephanie P. says

    I have been wanting a Sillhouette forever! I didn’t know you could cut fabric. Now, I want one even more! LOL!!! :)

  12. Wendy N says

    I would love to make some name signs for myself and my family if I won the Silhouette!! And some cool shirts for my son!

  13. Nicci says

    I’d love to make applique shirts for my kids, as well as figuring out how to make home decor projects. My mom uses one for making adorable cards, so maybe I could learn that as well.

  14. Donna Ingalls says

    I want to make cute little shirts for my grandson and my next grandchild to be born in September. What cute baby gifts I could make with this!!! My mind is whirling.

  15. Crystal Moyer says

    I would make a ton of embelished clothes for my son and daughter it would be so much fun!!! that machine looks awesome! never knew something could cut fabric into shapes

  16. maureen mcgraw says

    The shirt is so cute. Especially like the coordinating bow. Vry creative but simple project to complete. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a Sillhouette. I really want one but I am retired and must spend my money more carefully now so I am very pleased to have a chance to win one for added crafting possibilities. I always enjoy your blog. Maureen

  17. Holly Munion says

    Made my first applique shirt this week. How wonderful would it be to have a machine to cut out the fabric. I would make shirts for every day of the month for my daughter. Thanks for teaching me how to sew! I love this blog and have learned so much!

  18. Tara Caram says

    I am STILL trying to convince my husband to buy me a Cameo! UGH! Don’t men know we NEED these things? ;) My daughters already have a million plans for it, as well as the teachers at my MDO. I love your site, and am a “self taught” sewer and now after reading your tutorials, I cant wait to do shirts with rufflesI Learning how to do a zipper still scares me though, I think I need a video for that lesson. Thanks for all your help!!

    • Missy says

      I would make all kinds of onesies for our little girl that is on the way. I would love to make one with a little froggy!

  19. Stacey Coons says

    I had no idea you could cut fabric with a sillhouette! I would love to make the shirts for our family reunion this year – we have over 40 people coming

  20. VickiT says

    I would definitely be using mine to make appliques and other super cute things I could using fabric for my Grandchildren. With Easter coming, I’m sure it would be used to make something for them.

    LOVE that shirt you made. Thanks for the explanation to make it without the Silhouette. Of course, it would be much mroe fun to make WITH the Silhouette.

  21. Janet C says

    Oh the places I’ll go on a Silhouette adventure! Just started learning to sew, have discovered I enjoy learning new skills and lose interest if I’m making more then 2-3 of same thing. Thank you for the many ideas that keep me looking forward to the next project.

  22. says

    I am starting applique on bibs and burp rag. I would SOOO be using this to cut fabric, making my applique projects LIMITLESS.

    I would also use chalkboard vinyl and label EVERY SINGLE THING IN MY HOUSE. LOL

  23. Marlene says

    I would make clothes for my great grandson, cards and so many other things. This looks like so much fun. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

  24. Leslie says

    My birthday is during the first week of March, so it would be so cool if I won! I would love to personalize different items that I sew, or make cute gifts. Paper crafting projects would be a lot of fun, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Leann says

    I am making clothes for my niece and great niece. They are both 6 months old and I am learning to sew so they can be the cutest little ones ever!!

  26. Amber says

    If I win I would like to cut out shapes and put on a t-shirt and then spray bleach or dye over them to create interesting colorful shirts and skirts.

  27. Maegan Spontak says

    I would make more canvas art! I am dying to paint a canvas and then do our house number with a key over it for our entryway. The silhouette would be EXTREMELY helpful with this project!

  28. Colleen says

    My husband and I would both use this! I’d use it for applique-ing shapes onto shirts. We’d both use it for cutting stencils–me for painting signs, and he for routering names and shapes onto his woodworking projects!

  29. says

    What a delightful way to celebrate your birthday by giving to others. I enjoy giving homemade gifts, thinking of that special person as you are crafting feels so meaningful and satisfing. This month is like celebrating Christmas to us here in St. Patrick,,all the littl’ green men will be in their suits! Happy St Patricks Day and Happy Birthday!!!

  30. Tabitha Enoch says

    Oh! Where do I start! I would love to use this to make some shirts for my boys and for my nieces and nephews. I also have some good ideas for making new couch cushions!

  31. Liz c says

    I just started following u for the sewing lessons but i love every project u do! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  32. Tai says

    Thanks for the great giveaway! The first thing I want to make if I win is a sign that says “Welcome to the Home of the Brave” for my parents porch. (My dad just returned from Afghanistan)

  33. Rebekah H says

    What a fantastic opportunity! Thanks so much! There is so much I want to make, I can’t choose what I would do first!

  34. Nicole says

    Honestly, I don’t know where I would start first, there are so many things I would use it for! I would start with making decorations for my daughter’s first birthday party, and Easter shirts!

  35. Katie Howard says

    I would definitely make applique pieces for clothing. After taking the learning to sew class I’d love to step up my game with applique.

  36. Heather P says

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! I can’t narrow down what I would make .. There is so much I would do. :) Maybe the 1st thing would be a scrapbook page?

  37. Allison Spencer says

    I would LOVE this for appliqueing!!! I have several babies and kids to sew for and this would make it so much more fun with all the options it would offer!!

  38. says

    Applique all the way! I’m so excited to see what you make with your Silhouette…I desperately wish to have one! I’ve started making baby circle skirts with hand dyed to match onesies…I would so add applique to them. I would also use them in quilting and oh so many other things.

  39. says

    First off I would make custom bandanas for my cat for the seasons,holiday etc. Than it would go towards just adding an extra pizazz to my projects in general.

  40. Kristin K says

    If I win, I’ll be making vinyl wall quotes galore. I’m truly addicted to them! Thank you for the chance to win!

  41. says

    I am starting to make craft projects for spring; decorationg potting plants, window planters, fireplace mantel, and making gifts for my 12 (yes 12) grandchildren. I am also involved in crafting goodies for the sale at the Senior Center’s sale coming up in a month! Little pins, with flowers on them and more.

  42. Carmen says

    I’d use this to make lots of additions in paper for cards and scrapbooking, but I also want to try making vinyl embellishments

  43. Angie Pella says

    I would love to use one of these when making wedding and other invitations/stationery. Also, I would be jazzed to try it out on T-shirt embellishments for my boys. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. says

    Hello, there are a lot of things I want to make but I would start with some simple St. Patrick’s Day decorations to get warmed up and familiar with the machine. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  45. Bunny says

    I would use this for wall art! My niece would kidnap it from me to design her outfits, though. I think we’d do battle over it!

  46. andrea warren says

    Treat boxes! Love your projects! Would love to have a Silhouette for project life too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. says

    There are so many things I want to make!! I’m trying to start my own craft business from home and this would help SO greatly! I would make so many things with this! I would use it for scrapbooking, card-making, cute home decor, etc…

  48. Wee Yi Xin says

    I would use it for anything and everything under the sun! Love to add that extra touch to the project that would be too hard to cut out by hand. The Potrait sounds fantastic!

  49. Hanni says

    I would love to make a collage that I have had in my head for quite some time now. I just need the silhouette as a tool to make it a reality.

  50. Kay K says

    If I won a Silhouette I would start working on graduation shirts for all my Kindergarten students!! Bling is in!! Thank you for a fabulous giveaway!

  51. says

    I love this shirt and I would so love to be able to create like this…my fingers and toes are crossed. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway!

  52. Heather says

    There are so many things I would like to make with a Silhouette. The t-shirts are adorable. Word art is another thing I’d like to attempt.

  53. Carol Sandretto-Unsinger says

    I would love to cut fabric like you did!! I really want to dress up some plain t-shirts and would love to also decorate some pillows. :)

  54. manika says

    Would love to win .one. I am mom of 2 cute girls and lots of crafts and decor and clothing i can do with it

  55. Amber Tenney says

    Wow, how amazing it would be to have one, so many things I could make for my home, family & friends

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