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Monday, January 4, 2010

T-shirt Transformation

My last project of 2009 (of course, watch, next time I write the date, I'll put 2009 instead of 2010 and I've been so good!) was something I've wanted to try for awhile......but wasn't quite sure of........ repurposing a tshirt.

I'm a sucker for t-shirts on clearance........and you know, with 5 kids, I'll use it sooner or later ..... someone's good tshirt will get one of those mysterious stains that won't come out or I'll need a last minute birthday present. So, I had a short sleeve, boring, grey t-shirt just hanging around....... begging to be refashioned.........waiting for a child to wear it.......no, really, my 9 year old just needed some more long sleeve shirts for winter. I remembered, a while back, Ashley at Make It and Love It took a short sleeve shirt and showed how to change it into a long sleeve shirt -awesome and easy!! Great idea and so many, many possiblilities!!!


I used a pink t-shirt of mine -I never wore it because it was too long- for the sleeves and the ruffle on the front. Very satisfying to use something that you probably would have gotten rid of any way. I'm looking at t-shirts in a whole new light now. I think the toughest part was measuring the short sleeve to see how wide to cut the longer sleeve. I ended up having to cut the long sleeve smaller and pinning it a couple times until it fit.


I wasn't sure what to put on the front because I've seen so many neat ideas. My daughter picked ruffles on the front. I gathered my strip first though, right down the middle, and then sewed it on to the t-shirt right along the gather stitch. I may add one on each side of the current one, we haven't decided. Another thought was for a flower on the front of the shirt like this or a bunch of flowers like this.


Great project-quick, easy and fun!!

edited to add I linked up with Today's Creative Blog Get Your Craft On
Check out all these blogs for some great, creative ideas! Thanks to all who share their wonderful ideas with the rest of us!!!
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28 comments:

Carly said...

A cute idea!

Lynette said...

Thanks for leaving a link on my blog! I love the shirt...I'll have to try that idea sometime! Great job!

Lynette

Sarah said...

I love how that came out! I'm a sucker for clearance too

Amy said...

Wow this is amazing. I am having a Round Robin on Friday if you want to show this off.

Michelle said...

Love how the ruffle coordinates with the sleeves! So cute!

Yankee Girl said...

Great shirt! I love cutting up my t-shirts and making them into better shirts or something entirely different.

Visiting from SITS!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Great way to reuse clothes! Stopping by from SITS!

Ashley said...

They turned out perfectly! I love re-using items to make new stuff for our wardrobes....so satisfying!

Thanks for the link!
Ashley

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saltsays said...

That is such a cute idea!! And so easy too. :) I have several shirts in the back of my closet that I could do something like this with.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I can already tell I'm going to enjoy yours!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

How fun! Thanks for linking!

just me... said...

What a great idea! TFS

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

Very clever and look how charming it turned out!

Amy said...

I just am so happy that you came by and shared. Thanks for linking up. I hope you enjoy the Round Robin. Have a great weekend. Thanks again..

Sherry said...

What a great idea!!!

gina said...

I just saw a hoodie with ruffles like that listed on Etsy for mucho money- I can't believe they are that easy to make! So cute!!!

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

Nice work! I like the ruffle! And I'm ALWAYS a fan of the layered look!

Diane said...

super cute! i love re-purposing!

jenjen said...

How cute! I love that idea. So thrifty and fun!

XOOX
Jen

Katie said...

Great job I think a lot of shirt transformations are probably in your future!

Cha Cha said...

How cute and hip and I love that you repurposed something you already had. Great job and thanks for sharing.
Cha Cha

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Love it!
My daughter and her friend just re purposed t-shirts into hand bags to carry their cute girlie lip glosses and such in :)

Mandi Miller said...

Wow! That is an awesome idea!! What a great job! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!

angelina la dawn said...

it turned out great! i love crafty stuff- i always feel so accomplished :)

Michelle said...

great job and great idea

The Harris Family said...

Very cute! I love the ruffle.

-Crystal

2sisters said...

That turned out darling! I love it when you can repourpose something like that.
teri

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

You gotta love a good t-shirt refashion. Yours is cute!