How many t-shirts do you own and how many t-shirts do you wear? Most of us have a stack of unused and ill-fitting t-shirts from random events and souvenirs. They just sit around because they’re a little too small or too big; have an awkward neckline or some other problem that is exclusive to t-shirts. There’s no need to turn these t-shirts into cleaning rags or closet hoggers. Here are a few ways to spruce up those t-shirts and pull them into your regular rotation.
1. Slice Away Collars and Sleeves
Often times t-shirts don’t fit around the neck or arms, they’re too tight and the look is unflattering. Lay your t-shirt out on a flat surface and cut away the collar piece and the lower part of the sleeve cuff. Be careful and try to keep a straight line as you trim away the excess. Try the shirt on again to make sure that you trimmed enough and that everything s even, make adjustments if necessary.
2. Halter Top
There’s 2 ways to do the neck on this one. You can either keep the ribbed collar to use that as the halter or you can cut it out too and fashion straps out of the shoulder part of the t-shirt. Start by laying the t-shirt on it’s front on a flat surface so you can work on the back panel. Make a vertical incision all the way down the back, make a 6-inch horizontal cut 4-inches below the bottom on both sides, skip up 4 more inches and do the same again and repeat till you’re just under the shoulder blades.
You will have created ‘straps’ that you can knot together in the back. You can do more or less if you like. If you choose to get rid of the collar, cut it out and cut a deep-v in the front. Cut off the sleeves and use the part of the shirt that goes over the shoulder as the halter straps that you tie around the neck for support.
3. Tank Top
For this one you may or may not want to synch up the bottom of the t-shirt depending on how you like the fit of the shirt and the style you’re trying to achieve. Either way you’ll need to cut the bottom hem off in one long piece for the neckpiece later. If you want to synch it up, just sew a 1-inch hem that you can string a piece of ribbon or thin elastic inside to create a founce look at the bottom.
At the top you’ll want to lay the t-shirt on a flat surface and cut off the sleeves just inside the seam towards the body of the shirt. Then cut a boat-neck slice out of the shirt. Repeat the same stem for the bottom hem and sew a 1-inch hem on the front panel and the back as well. Take the long stringed hem from the bottom of the shirt that you cut off earlier and sting it through the hem you’ve sewn at the top front and back of the shirt to create the straps that keep the tank top on your shoulders.
Don’t toss out t’s with perfectly good graphics, just repurpose them with these cute designs!