A few weeks ago I caught a teaser for an old episode of Gilmore Girls. Rory or Lane (I can't be sure - it flashed by pretty quick) was wearing a black t-shirt with a skull and crossbones on it. I'm not sure that I saw it right, but I'm fairly certain the skull was made of buttons. I tried to track down a picture online but came up empty. I immediately drew a wee sketch on the white board because I knew I was going to make one. This morning I finished it. Super easy!
Get yourself a plain t-shirt and a handful of mismatched buttons from your stash (see? I knew I'd find a use for 'em). I used an Old Navy tee I picked up this weekend, but you could do this on pants or a bag or anything really. You'll also need some chalk, an image with a good outline (google image search), a handful of pins and some fabric glue.
Center the image on the shirt and outline the edges with the chalk. That way you can try on the shirt to make sure the image isn't sitting too low on the front porch (if you know what I mean). If it is, you've only used chalk and it brushes away really easily.
Put a folded towel inside the shirt and start pinning the buttons inside the lines. Once you have them all cute and in a good place, bring on the fabric glue. This is where I had a minor problem. You can't just pull the shirt off the towel with all the pins in it to head over to the sewing machine and you don't want to lose the button placement, so dab a teeny, tiny, little drop of glue underneath each button. Just enough to tack it down, not so much that it gooshes up through the buttonholes.
Once the glue is mostly dry (I'm very impatient, but I managed to let it dry overnight. Good Girl), you can sew the buttons on by hand (time consuming) or be lazy like me and do it by machine. I'm fairly certain there's a proper setting on my machine to do this, but I just drop the feed dogs and set the zig zag stitch to the same width as the button holes. The chalk comes off in the wash and voila!
I was thinking this would be cute as flowers or birds too, I'm just on a skull kick this week.