Ha. The post title just makes me laugh. Anyway, I saw a photo of this really cute button-up shirt that had lashes embroidered over the top of each buttonhole, and I thought it would be such a fun DIY to add to my own shirt! Rather than embroider the lashes, I decided to use some good ol’ fashioned fabric puff paint (remember those puffy paint days??) to get a clean thick line for the eye shapes, and I love how it turned out!
-white button-down shirt (I used this one)
-fine point fabric puff paint
-fine point fabric pen or washable marker
-blue buttons (same size as the ones you are removing from the shirt)
-seam ripper and needle
First, use a seam ripper to remove the existing buttons on your button-down shirt. You can leave the very top one or make that into a pattern too. I left mine alone because the area around that button is pretty small. If you can, choose a button-down that has a wider placket (that’s the panel of fabric that runs down the middle of the shirt where the buttons are sewn) so you have some room to make your eye design.
Once your buttons are removed, use your black thread and a needle to sew on your new blue buttons. I used black thread so it looks like a pupil, but you can match the button color if you want it to be more subtle.
Leave your shirt unbuttoned and use a thin fabric pen (or a washable fabric pen) to trace your eyeball and lashes pattern around the buttonhole area. You can use a scrap piece of fabric first if you want to practice your design a few times before drawing it on the real shirt.
Once each hole has an eye drawn, use your fabric paint to carefully trace your pen design, and allow the paint to fully set. Like, wait a really long time. Probably overnight at least. If you get all these perfectly drawn eyeballs, the last thing you want is to smudge them trying to check and see if they are set yet. Once you are sure your lines are solid, throw that puppy on, grab any other eye-themed accessories you have, and head out the door!
Seriously though, how cute is that?! And super easy too. You could also just do the “button/puff paint eyeball” design on a plain white shirt or dress (without being around a buttonhole) to make a cool eye pattern as well (pair with an eye accessory like this purse for extra fun!). Wearable DIYs are one of my favorite things to do, but I guess this one should be called a “D-EYE-Y”? 😉 xo. Laura
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the New A Beautiful Mess actions.