From Rags to Riches

From Rags to Riches

Repurposing T-shirts

I had purchased a Earth Day T-shirt and only had a chance to wear it at least twice before I snagged it.  Right in the middle of my new T-shirt was this big hole.  I had been reading about how people repurpose t-shirts.  Some people made outfits for their children, others made scarves, and still others made quilts, baby blankets, and even pillows.  I saw where one person turned a t-shirt into a vest.  I am into layering my outfits and thought this would be a great idea, since the hole was right smack in the middle of the shirt.

  • Cut the seam of at the bottom off the shirt off.
  • Cut the seam around the neck off.
  • Cut both of the sleeves off.
  • Find the middle of the front of the shirt and cut along it.  Be careful and do not cut the back.
  • Take 2 strips of material from the cut sleeves.  Make sure they are the same size.
  • Wrap one strip around the top part of the shoulder area.  From the cut arm sleeve area to the cut neck area. 
  • Sew the strip together as if you just made a loop.  Flip the strip inside out so the seam is hidden. Repeat on the other side.
I am sure I could have added ribbons or even a ruffle to make cute.  I could had even used ribbon for the loops for the shoulder area or even cut the shoulder seams and tied them.

Before you toss that T-shirt think could it be used for something else or even turned into something else like a dress for your daughter.

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