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Refashion a faded gray-t-shirt into a heart cut out for Valentine's Day. #sewing #diy #refashion #upcycle

Today we’re going to upcycle a t-shirt.  Like most stay-at-home or work-from-home moms, I don’t get dressed up every day.  I really don’t have a need to dress up. This might seem kind of funny since I run a blog that has a lot of recycled clothing. Also, if you are like me, then you have some of these faded-out t-shirts hanging around.  Perfect for refashioning those t-shirts into something cool!

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

This shirt is also too big.  I like a nice fitting t-shirt.  So I got out one that fits pretty well (my husband bought me this as a souvenir from his trip to FL). Mark on the sides.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Sew on the edges.  A good trick here is to line up the bottom of the sleeves and the bottom of the t-shirt actual bottom and pin them in intervals. Here, I used a zig-zag stitch that was close together, just like you see in actual t-shirts.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Cut along the outside edge.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Fold a piece of paper in half and lay around the faded out part.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Cut out half of the heart.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Make sure it fits, and adjust as necessary.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Mark it around the faded-out part.  Make sure it fits.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Now, use the template to cut out the red. Give a lot of allowance.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

This is the tricky part. Make sure the red heart on the inside of the t-shirt fits the blue markings on the outside of the t-shirt. You can see here that I pinned the top of the heart around the two bumps, and then the center of the “dip.”  This will give me a good idea.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Now I was able to pin around the entire heart.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

And sew it in.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

And cut it out.  (Don’t break my heart … okay, bad joke.)

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Turn the t-shirt inside out.  On the sewing machine, sew lines about an inch apart inside the heart.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Make a small incision with your scissors. to start the cut.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Continue between the stitches.  These are not straight cuts across.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Now let’s get rid of that ugly collar.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

Lay out the t-shirt to make sure that the collar matches the heart.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

And here it is after being laundered!

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day

 

With love,


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What are you planning on wearing for Valentine’s Day?  Let me know in the comments!

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