This colorful gum ball shirt, with balls that move around, is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you may have noticed that I make a lot of things with items from the Dollar Tree, like this bowl and this easel.  During one of my recent visits to DT I found a lot of nice quality T-shirts, and for $1 I couldn’t pass them up.  This is my first completed project:  a fun gum ball shirt with balls that move!


 I used my Silhouette and a shape from their store to make the gumball machine.  I used heat transfer vinyl to make the shape.
If you don’t have a Silhouette, here is a free template that you can use to make the machine, using freezer paper and paint, or any other method you like.

When the image is complete, you’ll need clear vinyl, and colorful beads.


I traced the vinyl to cover the white part of the gum ball machine and cut it.  I then stitched around the edge, leaving an opening at the top.  After I’d filled it with beads I sewed it shut.


There you have it!  A fast and frugal way to refashion a plain t-shirt!

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  1. What a cute little shirt. I know a few kids who would think it was pretty cool! I nominated you today for the Liebster Award. Hop on over to my site to check it out. Congratulations!

  2. This is so cute! My craftiness id pretty limited beyond baking. I wanted to let you know that I’m passing along the Versatile Blogger Award on to you. You can get more info here Versatile Blogger Award

  3. So cute. Why would you not just stitch the “gumballs” on instead of putting them in the vinyl pouch? It seems to me that condensation would build up under the vinyl after it’s washed. Or, is it dry clean only?

  4. Hi Jenn! Great question. When I started the project I had planned to sew the beads on (or buttons). But when I saw how the beads rattled in the bag I realized I wanted the gumballs to move, so I came up with the vinyl idea. I plan to wash it in the hand wash cycle and line dry it, more because f the iron on vinyl than anything. I’ve found that the Silhouette heat set vinyl peels off with repeat washings so I have to treat them like delicates. I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear from you again!


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