The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt - here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.
I am a hands down t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. Always have been; always will be. I'm also the kind of person that, when she finds t-shirts that she likes, she buys 6 of all the same style in 6 different colors. The problem with that is it can lead to boredom. The answer to such boredom, of course, is t-shirt reconstruction. The internets are full of such projects, but these caught my eye in particular. Check 'em out.
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French clothier All-Tribes created this awesome, short video that shows us how to create a tool for perfect and super fast t-shirt folding.
Visual distraction around the hip area can sometimes be a good thing. Take a good looking t-shirt and go to work.
Reusable grocery bags are a must, but a grocery bag made out of an old t-shirt is, well, a slice of re-use heaven. I particularly like the airy quality of this bag, which, seriously, does NOT look like it began its life as a t-shirt.
If you've ended up on the non-NBC side of last week's titantic Tonight Show decision, then show off your pride with this DIY "Team Conan" t-shirt. Designed by yarnstress Vickie Howell (on whom I have a not-even-a-little-bit-secret crush), it's as easy as download, transfer, and color.
- Plain T-shirt
- Tulip Fabric Markers
- Transfer Paper & Pencil
- Conan Template (see below)
- Masking Tape
I've been tempted to use one of my favorite tees as a pattern to make more tees for YEARS, but I've always been skeptical about the finish--especially around the neckline. A botched hem-job around the sleeves and bottom wouldn't be as obvious as the one that frames your face.
The Eloominator shows us how to turn old t-shirts into yarn. (Yup, that stuff picture above used to be a t-shirt!) She uses the resulting yarn on a Weave-It Rug Loom or 'any loom on which you can weave 4 ends per inch'. I could see using it to crochet rugs, however. Maybe a shower mat...To yarnify a tee of your own, here's what you'll need:
I love tees with lightly longer short sleeves. The sad thing is, they're not that easy to find in stores; the happy thing is Oh My Stars shows us how to make our own. Here's what you'll need to give it a go:
Cal Patch over on Craftzine turned an oversized t-shirt into a feminine cardi. Yes, she did crochet the fancy new edging--which is another reason you should really learn how to crochet--but you could achieve a similar look by sewing on lacy edging. However, for the crochet version, you'll need....
Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.
Though screen printing is the most efficient way of printing on textiles (check out my how-to here), it’s a lot of work to print a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Here’s a cool way to create a stencil on the computer, and handprint it upon your shirt. It produces a different aesthetic than silk screening, as your completed shirt won’t look brand new, but nicely broken-in.
- Computer with image editing software (the instructions here are...