DIY: Feathered Shoulder Shirt

DIY: Feathered Shoulder Shirt

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Make this super cute t-shirt – No sewing skills required!

photos: Hannah McKenzie Photography and Mackenzie for we heart this

Hey there we heart this readers! I’m the new girl on the block, Mackenzie and I’m so excited to be joining the team. Word is we have a few crafting fans around here, so I’ll be offering a monthly DIY project for all you crafters. (That’s right, with Kirsten already on the team, that’s TWO DIY projects per month ~ Tyna) For my first project, I have a clothing DIY for you to try; no sewing required.

I have been obsessed with feathers lately (lately being about a year) so I was super excited to do this DIY. It’s quick and easy but puts a little spin on your everyday outfit. Best of all, the base of this DIY is that classic wardrobe staple – a cotton T-shirt. You can use a brand new tee or a well worn favorite already in your closet.


T-shirt of any color in your size

Aleene’s Fabric Glue – I used Sobo but Aleene’s is washable!

Two feather pads*


*Feather pads are basically feathers glued to a piece of fabric. I bought mine at JoAnn Fabrics or you could make your own.

1. Lay your t-shirt out flat and cut the sleeves to desired length. I went with a cap length sleeve on my tee.

Tip: You can cut one side and use the waste piece as a pattern for the other to get the same length. Also, try not to cut the arm seam – as later, when you wash it, it may unravel.

2. Cut the neck to desired shape. I wanted a boat neck for this DIY. (You can use the same pattern trick as above by folding half the piece over.)

3. Flatten sleeve – so there is no other fabric underneath it.

4. Put Sobo glue on the back of the feather pad.

Tip: If you use a lot of glue, the fabric will get really stiff, which is why I used a few thin lines and dots as opposed to covering the whole thing.

5. Line up center of the feather pad with the shoulder seam and press down.

6. Let dry flat. It sets fairly quickly but I let it sit for about an hour before I threw it on.

7. Throw it on and enjoy your new shirt! I wore my shirt with jeans and short boots on a cool summer day.

Washing: Hand wash gently in warm water. Try to avoid the shoulder area where the feathers are but if you do get the feathers wet just lay them back into place. Let dry flat.

we heartsters – what you wear with this? Meet me in the comments to discuss the Feathered Shoulder Shirt DIY or ask any question.

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18 thoughts on “DIY: Feathered Shoulder Shirt”

  1. I love this! I think when I try it I’m going to recycle some old shoulder pads and apply the feathers to it. I also think it would be a good idea to use velcro on the pad and the shoulder of the shirt, so you can remove the feathers to launder the shirt. Thanks for sharing the idea!!

  2. This is an awesome project!! @mgelina great job!! You are so cute in your shirt. And I totally appreciate no sew projects as I am challenged in this area to say the least. Yay for feathers and glue!!!

  3. @mgelina great job!! This is on my must try list for a Saturday craft! I love love feathers and this is just adorable and you make it look so easy to do! Thanks a million!

    Welcome, so glad you’re here with us!

  4. Thank you for this, it’s awesome and I’ve begun making own version. I’l probably attach chains to my pads so I can wear them with different items, but this is still such a cute idea. Thank you!

    And yes, you’re a total cutie! xx

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  6. I love this idea! My daughter is obsessed with feathers, and I know she would love something like this. I could also add a screen printing touch to it with a bird or own or something. Thanks for the great idea!

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