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!
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.
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.
Cut along the outside edge.
Fold a piece of paper in half and lay around the faded out part.
Cut out half of the heart.
Make sure it fits, and adjust as necessary.
Mark it around the faded-out part. Make sure it fits.
Now, use the template to cut out the red. Give a lot of allowance.
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.
Now I was able to pin around the entire heart.
And sew it in.
And cut it out. (Don’t break my heart … okay, bad joke.)
Turn the t-shirt inside out. On the sewing machine, sew lines about an inch apart inside the heart.
Make a small incision with your scissors. to start the cut.
Continue between the stitches. These are not straight cuts across.
Now let’s get rid of that ugly collar.
Lay out the t-shirt to make sure that the collar matches the heart.
And here it is after being laundered!
What are you planning on wearing for Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!
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