Recycled T-Shirt

Today I have been revamping some t-shirts for the girls.  They have these cute floral long sleeve t-shirts that are in good condition but they were going to get rid of them because the sleeves and length were a little short.  But I loved the rose print so I decided to try giving them a makeover.


So I just cut off the sleeves and neckline...

Then serged the edges and folded them over and sewed them...
Then I cut the good parts of the sleeves into strips and sewed those strips together to make one long strip (which I didn't stop to photograph because I was on a roll by then...)
And then I gathered the long strip and attached it to the trimmed off bottom of the t-shirt and Voila!  A cute little tank is born.  The ruffle added a little bit of length to the tank and the plan was for it to be worn over another plain spaghetti strap camisole.


From start to finish it was less than 1/2 hour for this project and that was doing the figuring too.  I am sure the next one will go faster.


Next I want to attack some of my turtleneck tops that I never wear because the necks fit poorly.  I have a few of these and I was going to get rid of them anyway so why not?

Update: The second floral tee re-do was slightly different with a ruffled collar made from strips from the sleeves.  I just made a long strip, gathered it, pinned it to the v-neck I had cut out and sewed it on.  (fast!)
Because they were narrower, I had enough strips to make ruffle for the bottom edge also.  I didn't even bother to serge the edges because t-shirt knits don't fray anyway.  I mean it is a semi-worn, used top made new so I didn't go crazy with time spent...(I actually didn't even bother to gather the bottom ruffle but just kind of sewed along, sort of bunching it up as I went, hoping for the best)




All finished!  Even faster than the first one. (and wrinkly..grr)
And by the way, the two tops are different colors; with the first one having a white background and the second more of an ecru.


So I encourage you all to get out there and start chopping up those knit tops you don't love.  Even if it doesn't turn out like you planned then at least you have a soft dust cloth to dust with. :-)


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6 comments:

Country Dreaming said...

Great idea!!!
This is really cute.

melinda

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh you seamstresses just keep impressing me.

becktovintage said...

Congratulations. This is a good idea. And You made it very well. Cute shirt...

Sam I Am...... said...

They're darling...even cuter afterwards! That is recycling at its finest. I don't have a serger and not many knits but I was thinking the other day that I have old sweatshirts with neat emblems on them and I thought I would cut out the emblems and make pillows from them....but of course that hasn't happened yet! LOL!

Prims and Annies said...

what a cute idea...

Rebecca said...

These turned out quite nicely! What a great idea. (I already have a lot of dust rags - running out of space for them all!)

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