We all have one or two old shirts that hold sentimental value and we just can’t simply find a good reason to give them up, despite never wearing them. Well, you have another reason not to give them up as we offer seven ways you can transform that old shirt of yours into new styles that will basically render them unrecognizable to the untrained eye.
Whether you’re looking to do basic alterations, like adding subtle details or creating a do-it-yourself tote, or something slightly more intricate, like sizing up your go-to work blouse, the simple steps below will help guide even the novice sewer through to the other side.
Making Headbands Out of Shirts
Create a no-sew headband and make a Shannon knot to help symbolise a balanced creativity–fitting headband. The good part of this creativity project is that your old shirt is put to good use.
Transform a Plain Shirt Into a Trendy Swing Top
To make a trendy swing top, look for a button-down shirt with a cute gingham pattern either in your closet or at a nearby thrift shop.
Make a Lace-Up Sweatshirt
All you need is a pair of scissors, a hammer, a few eyelets and some pretty lace or ribbon to transform your comfy crew neck sweatshirt into something more eye-catching.
Turn a Crew Neck T-Shirt Into a V-Neck
You can transform your old crew neck tee into a more flattering V-neck to draw the eye upward. This can help you create an illusionary effect that elongates the body in just a few simple steps. To do this, you don’t actually need any previous sewing experience.
Add an Off-Shoulder Ruffle to a T-Shirt
You can reinvent any ordinary shirt of yours and turn it into a more spiffy version by simply adding a ruffle to the neckline.
Turning a Manly Shirt into a Child’s Dress
Turn all your old or unused men’s button-up shirts into super cute, easy-to-make dresses for your growing little girls, or a fun baby shower gift made with love.
How to Cut & Tie the Sides of a T-Shirt for Kids
Do you have a favourite old shirt that is way too big but you just can’t give it up? Even if you don’t know a thing about sewing, you can cut and tie the sides of oversized shirts to fit your kids in no time at all.