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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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Cut along the outside edge.

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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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

Cut out half of the heart.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

Make sure it fits, and adjust as necessary.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

Now I was able to pin around the entire heart.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

And sew it in.

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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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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

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Now let’s get rid of that ugly collar.

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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 - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

And here it is after being laundered!

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

 

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

The final:

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine's Day - Refashion / upcycle those t-shirts with a a few snips and lace for the day of love. Step-by-step DIY sewing tutorial for upcycling clothes into some other type of clothing or accessory. Remake, redo, reuse, and recycle to help save money and save the planet. Explore the web site for more refashioning tutorials, dozens of cute refashionista and fashion ideas with good, clear photos and instructions. http://letgoofbeingperfect.com

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