Nautical T-Shirt

Nautical T-Shirt

Crafting Time:
  • Over 5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Cotton cord, 2-1/2 - 3-1/2 yds.
  • Tulip dye, red and blue
  • Gold eyelets with eyelet setter
  • Nautical appliques: 3 rope and anchor, 1 stud anchor
  • Fray Check - optional
  • Hammer
  • Household sponge
  • Bowl
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Iron


  1. Preparation: machine wash and dry T-shirt without fabric softener. Lay out on a flat surface protected with plastic trash bags. Following manufacturer's directions, add water to powdered dye in dispenser bottle. Pour dye into a bowl.
  2. To make stripes, dip sponge into dye and, beginning at hem, blot on a line of dye across the entire bottom, allowing it to seep into the back layer of T-shirt as well. Let shirt sit for a few hours, so dye "wicks" up the front of the shirt.
  3. Repeat this technique for the second red line. Work high enough up on the shirt that the wicking action will still leave a line of white shirt. Let dry.
  4. Spread out cotton cord on trash bag and blot alternating red and blue dye along the length. Use very little dye in the sponge, as the dye wicks quickly.
  5. Cut shirt sleeves to create cap sleeves; cut ribbed neckline off, and cut a thin wedge down the front of the shirt.
  6. Following manufacturer's directions, apply pairs of eyelets along the edges of the wedge, through a double thickness of T-shirt fabric. For a more cinched look, apply pairs of eyelets on the back of the shirt at small of the back. Thread cord through pairs of eyelets on front and back.
  7. Iron on appliques, as shown in photo, following manufacturer‘s directions. On back of shirt, at neck, apply a stud anchor applique.
  8. Shirt should be laundered following directions on dye package. Note: To preserve cut edges or repair accidental holes, apply Fray Check to the area.