Christmas Shirts and Ties

There's no better way to show your Christmas cheer than with a shirt of delightful design. In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas-themed shirts. For the special man in your life, we give a Christmas tree tie that is fun to make and wear as the perfect Christmas gift.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word "fold" next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt is a snowman-themed Christmas shirt. Make this Christmas craft as a Christmas gift.
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Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt

Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt

You'll Need:
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Black long-sleeve T-shirt
  • White dressmaker's carbon
  • Waxed paper
  • Jewelry glue
  • Tweezers
  • 56 to 60 clear crystal rhinestones, 4mm each
  • 15 to 20 brown bugle beads
  • 2 clear crystal seed beads
  • 1 orange bugle bead
To Make Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt:
  1. Download Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt pattern here. Print it out. Center and pin pattern to front of T-shirt.

  2. Slip dressmaker's carbon under pattern, with carbon side touching shirt. With the pencil, transfer dots and dashes from pattern to shirt.

    Transfer dashes and dots to shirt.
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    Transfer dashes and dots to shirt.

  3. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto waxed paper. Use tweezers to pick up a rhinestone and dip bottom into glue. Position rhinestone on T-shirt. Press in place with your finger. Repeat with remaining rhinestones.

    Glue rhinestones onto front of snowman-themed Christmas shirt.
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    Glue rhinestones onto shirt.

  4. Proceed in same manner to glue brown bugle beads in place for arms.

  5. Glue 2 seed beads in place for eyes, and glue on orange bugle bead for nose. Let dry overnight before wearing. (Check glue package directions for washing instructions.)
Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt

Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt is a Christmas craft that makes a great homemade Christmas gift.
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Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt

You'll Need:
  • Denim shirt
  • 1/8 yard iron-on adhesive
  • Iron
  • 637-inch white calico fabric
  • Calico cloth scraps: blue, yellow, light brown, dark brown, orange, black, red
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black paint
  • 4 beige buttons
  • Fabric glue
  • Ball-headed pin
To Make Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt:
  1. Prewash denim shirt; do not use fabric softener. Dry thoroughly.

  2. Apply iron-on adhesive, using manufacturer's instruction, to the back of each fabric.

  3. Download Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt patterns here. Print and then cut them out. Trace patterns to paper backing on each fabric. Trace snowman, hands, and snow ledge on white; bird, jacket, small birdhouse, large roof, and large base on blue; beak, 3 large stars, and 2 small stars on yellow; large birdhouse and 1 hole on light brown; 2 holes, small roof, and small base on dark brown; nose on orange; hat on black; scarf on red fabric. Cut out all pieces.

    Trace patterns to paper backing on fabric.
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    Trace patterns to paper backing on fabric.

  4. Peel paper backing off each fabric piece. Place them on shirt according to finished photograph. Place snowman's hands under sleeves, and place hat on head. Place roofs and bases on top of birdhouses. Place holes on top of each birdhouse. Press in place.

    Place pattern pieces on shirt.
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    Place pattern pieces on shirt.

  5. Glue buttons to centers of stars (except star on pocket).

  6. Use ball-headed pin and black paint to dot on smile and eyes of snowman.

    Paint snowman's smile to finish snowman-themed Christmas shirt.
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    Paint snowman's smile.

Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders

Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders
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Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders

You'll Need:
  • Black necktie
  • Black suspenders
  • Shirt board
  • Masking tape
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White chalk pencil
  • Press and peel foil beginner kit with gold foil (kit contains dimensional bond, gold foil, foil sealer, and applicator brush)
  • Paper towels
  • Straight pin
  • Paper clip
  • Palette
To Make Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders:
  1. Determine approximately where necktie will be knotted when worn. Tape tie to shirt board at that point. Tape 1 front clip of suspenders to shirt board. Stretch suspender slightly and tape to board approximately where it will hit the top of shoulder. Repeat with other side.

    Note: Adjust suspenders to size before dimensional bond is applied. Adjusting after foil has been applied may cause it to scrape off. Also, adjust suspenders to a size as large as is comfortable. Too much stretching may cause foil and bond to crack.

    Tape tie and suspenders to shirt board.
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    Tape tie and suspenders to shirt board.

  2. Download Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders pattern here. Print pattern and then cut it out. Place tree on tie, and trace with chalk pencil. Continue tracing tree in random fashion, allowing some trees to appear to fall off edge of tie. For suspenders, start at bottom near clip and trace around star, making a row of stars approximately 2 inches apart.

    Trace around star.
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    Trace around star.

  3. Working on 1 shape at a time, outline and then fill in area with a thick coat of dimensional bond. Frequently wipe tip with paper towel to prevent buildup. Pop air bubbles with straight pin. Let dry until clear, about 24 hours.

    Outline and fill each shape with dimensional bond.
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    Outline and fill each shape with dimensional bond.

  4. Cut 3-inch length of foil. Lay foil on top of a tree or star, shiny gold side up. Rub firmly over shape with finger, pressing down any air bubbles. Rub bent end of paper clip around outside edge of shape to cover entire surface area of dimensional bond.

    Rub with a paper clip to cover entire surface area.
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    Rub to cover entire surface area.

  5. Slowly begin peeling back foil from top. If you notice an area where foil has not adhered, lay foil back down and rub spot with bent end of paper clip. Continue pulling foil away until entire shape is covered with foil. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all shapes on tie and suspenders.

  6. Squeeze small amount of foil sealer onto palette. Use applicator brush to apply thin coat of sealer to each foiled shape, taking care not to allow sealer to touch fabric or puddle on top of foil. Let dry completely.

    Apply thin coat of sealer to finish homemade Christmas ties and suspenders.
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    Apply thin coat of sealer.

    Holiday Hint!
    Press and peel foil comes in a wide variety of colors. For a more subtle look, try green foil for the trees. Or choose 3 colors (maybe red, green, and gold), and alternate the tree colors on the tie.

In the final section, we'll teach you how to make Christmas vests.