Got a lot of told T-shirts in your drawers and closet? Sure, who doesn’t? With a pair of scissors and a little bit of crafting skill, you can turn those old Ts into new, fashionable pieces instead.
No-Sew T-Shirt Makeovers
Take those old Ts and turn them into your next hot look. You won’t even need a needle and thread to makeover that old T. All you really need is a DIY spirit.
- One shoulder blouse
Turn an old T into a one-shoulder blouse with a pair of scissors. First, cut across the top of the shirt in a diagonal line, cutting from under one arm up to the collar to remove the sleeve completely. Cut off the opposite sleeve at the seam, and then make a cut across the remaining top edge to separate the front and back of the T.
Now, make cuts down the long side of the T, going through both the front and back. You’ll want to make several cuts starting below the sleeve, spaced about 3 inches apart, down to the bottom of the T. Cuts should be at least 12 inches across. You’ll have a bunch of strips down one side of the shirt. Cut them apart and tie them together into knots to create a knotted, ruffled edge instead. Adjust the knots as needed to get the desired fit, and go out to show off your new one-shoulder blouse.
- Braided back T
Take an old T and cut off the collar and sleeves, then fold the shirt in half longways to match up both cut sleeves. Make cuts through the fabric down the top half of the shirt, deeper at the top and progressively becoming more shallow as you move down the T. Unfold the shirt. The back of the T should now have a V-shaped cutout with strips of fabric connecting the two halves all the way down.
Take the top strip of fabric and form a loop in the center. Pull the second strip through the loop to create another loop, and begin working your way down to create a braided effect down the back of the T. Tie a knot in the last loop and you have a braided back T-shirt with no sewing.
Stitched DIY T-Shirt Dress
A little bit of needlework never hurt anyone. If you want to turn that T into a cute dress instead, whip out the needle and thread to create a T-shirt dress.
Cut off the sleeves and collar of a long T-shirt. Fold down the top edge to create a small fold about 1 inch in size, and sew it in place. Loop a long piece of ribbon through this pocket and tie it in a bow around your neck to create a fun, loose DIY dress. Add a ribbon belt if you like, and you’re ready to go.
Old Ts, New Fashion
Stop throwing away or giving away your old T-shirts. Put your DIY skills to good use instead, and makeover those Ts to get new, fun fashions that your friends will envy. Tell them you got the new look from your new favorite designer – yourself!