Sunday, October 30, 2011

No Sew T-shirt Refashion

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My daughter didn't take a great nap today.  If you have kids, you don't need a further explanation.

But if you don't have kids, just know this: tired kids are not much fun, and they crave attention.

So my great plans to spend an hour sewing on a Sunday?  Vanished when Cate woke too early from her 'nap.'

But my creative juices were flowing and I was keen to try out an idea.  I had a t-shirt refashion on my mind.  Somehow, I refashioned these shirts between Cate's tired whining.  I had the shirts & scissors next to me, and made the snips between our playing.

This refashion is NO SEW.

All you need is a good pair of scissors and a t-shirt that fits.

I made 2 shirts in less than 1 hour.

I bought the Red Sox shirt in 2004 when I went to a Red Sox game in Fenway Park.  And I found this Foo Fighters Australian Tour shirt in a thrift store.  Both shirts fit me well.  But I don't really like wearing t-shirts.
I love these shirts - go Sox! - but I needed to refashion them into something more... feminine.

First, cut off the collar.  Simply cut along the hem.

Next, cut out the hem in both sleeves.

Cut out the cuffs on both sleeves.  Cut a slit in the top of the sleeve from shoulder to end of sleeve.

Check on daughter: yup, she's looking at me while playing with her (napping) brother's trains.  She's fine, but I gotta hurry!

Now make the shoulder ties.  Take the cuffs from the sleeves and cut OFF the serging thread.

Last, pinch the shoulder sleeves together.  I folded them neatly in 2 folds.  Using the sleeve off-cuts from the previous step, tie around the shoulder into a bow.

All done!  Put scissors away and continue to play with tired child.
Take some photos - or ask your husband to take the photos for you when the kids are (finally!) sleeping.

Share your no-sew t-shirt refashion with me!  I'd love to see them!


  1. Great idea! I love finding ways to spice up a t-shirt. Thank you :)

  2. Love it! I've reached the age where t-shirts just don't do it for me like they used to, but I still find myself buying them. I love this idea and have to try it :)

  3. These are major cute!!! I have a few t-shirts that I would like to do like yours...maybe one day when I find some time...and I don't even have small children anymore! You're a genius, darling!!! Love, Aunt C

  4. These are so cute!! I love it! And they show off your stellar figure!

  5. Love this idea. I have a lot of tshirts I love but aren't very "girly". Now I know how to refashion them so I can wear them instead of just leaving them in the cupboard!! Thankyou :o)

  6. LOVE IT! I JUST refashioned a gray t-shirt of mine and now it's my favorite shirt! It brings femininity to what looked like a man's shirt! Too dang cute! Great idea, thank you!!


  7. I tried your t-shirt idea in my effort to do the pins I pin on Pinterest and I wanted to make some of my t-shirts less t-shirty so I would wear them. I like how mine came out; this one is a success.

    1. Awesome!! I love making clothes wear-able again :) Thanks for visiting!

    2. Awesome re-do ! Easy, no-sew, and oh-so-cute ! Thanks for sharing your crafty idea with those of us who are challenged in that department !

  8. I don't think my previous comment attempt worked...

    I like your t-shirt idea! I just used your re-fashion method on a t-shirt and like how it turned out. I have my results posted on my blog.

  9. Great idea and thanks for showing how to make this very simple, upcycle, wearable fashion item. :)

  10. I used this tutorial to "girl-up" my daughter's VBS t-shirt! She loved it! Thank you=)

  11. I am not crafty at all but I decided to try this actually turned out cute, Thanks 4 posting!


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