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Location: Denver, Colorado

No-Sew T-Shirt With A Glow

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Designed By eXpresSew

No one wants to fade away when the sun goes down. Keep your “glow” when the lights go out by decorating this plain t-shirt with fluorescent flowers.  

Get everything together:

  • Plain t-shirt in white or other solid color 
  • Glow-in-the-Dark thread by Kreinik, 1/8” ribbon or #32 Braid weight – 2 colors that look good together. You’ll need 1 spool of each color. 
  • Sewing thread that matches the t-shirt 
  • Disappearing pencil that can be seen on your t-shirt and erased later 
  • Ruler 
  • Sewing machine 
  • Embroidery hand sewing needle with large eye 
  • Small piece of paste board or tag board (like from a cereal box) – about 2” wide and 3” long 
  • Iron with steam setting
  • Ironing board


Place the t-shirt flat on a table with the front facing up. Draw a line straight across the chest from sleeve to sleeve. Draw 2 more lines each _” apart. (Diag. 1). 

Set up your sewing machine with the matching thread. Starting at one sleeve seam, lay one color thread over the top line and zigzag it to the shirt. (Diag. 2). Try NOT to stretch the shirt as you sew.Leave a thread tail at both ends of the line about 3” long.(By the way, zigzagging over a thick thread is called “couching”.) Zigzag or couch over the middle line with the second color thread. Couch the last line with the first color thread. 

Push the embroidery needle through the shirt where the line meets the sleeve seam. Thread the tail through the large eye in the needle and pull the tail end through to the inside of the shirt. (Diag. 3). Repeat for the tails at each line end. Turn the shirt wrong side out. Stitch the tails back and forth securely to the seam allowance at each sleeve. Trim the tails off. 

Print the pattern guide and use it to cut a template from the tag board for making the flowers. 

For flowers, cut one piece of Glow-in-the-Dark thread about 6” long and keep it handy to tie the middle of the flower. Next wrap the thread around the template 8 full times and cut it off. (Diag. 4). Slide the tie piece through the space in the template and tie around the thread very tightly. (Diag. 5). Tie again and knot. Slide the flower off the template and cut the top and bottom loops. Trim the ends evenly. Make three flowers with the first color and two flowers with the second color. 

Place the flowers on the ironing board and set the iron to the lowest setting for steam. Fan the threads out and press lightly with the iron until your flowers have a nice rounded shape. 

Handstitch the flowers onto the middle line, alternating colors from left to right.   

Would this product be useful in your business (ie, manufacturing, teaching, retail)? If so, you could benefit from bulk quantities at wholesale pricing. To open a wholesale account, we require a copy of your business license on file. Send a copy along with your business name and contact info to:

  • Rainbow Gallery (owner of Kreinik threads), 2860 North Ontario Street, Burbank CA 91504 USA
  • Rainbow Gallery phone 747-283-2006
  • Email

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