Today’s Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial is a fun way to Celebrate Flag Day by making a A Flag t-shirt. You can follow the sewing tutorial below or use hot glue or fusible webbing to apply the design. Sewing is the most durable and detailed way to apply the Rick Rack and fabric. Continue reading →
Here is the Shredded Heart T-Shirt Upcycle Tutorial. This is the Kiddo’s Birthday month and so far all of my original plans have flown out the window. She decided she wanted cool stuff and no party. So far I made PJ’s and she took them before I could even finish them much less wrap them. As I said in the last post when she wanted to work with me on the t-shirts and I was stoked. She took the shirts right then as well.
This is her favorite shirt and the fun way we made it wearable a little longer.
Cardboard if you want a barrier between the shirt sides.
Fold in half and draw a line up the center line of the back of the shirt.
I used my hand to roughly measure each heart. You could print out a template if you wanted. You could also use any shape the Kiddo just wanted a heart.
The cardboard gives you a barrier between the two sides of the t-shirt. Once you start cutting it is very easy to accidentally cut through to the other side if you don’t have something blocking the scissors.
Cut the strips
You can draw lines and follow them but it is not necessary. Just remember to leave the center line uncut. (you can cut straight through but you will not keep the heart shape. Angel wings would look awesome.)
(You can remove the cardboard at this point.)
Stretch each strip of fabric. This will distress the strips and cause them to curl in. This will happen naturally after washing. If you are worried about the cuts edge points you can use clear polish to seal them. I don’t like that look so I left it all raw.
Ready to go! My only advice is to wear a fun color band or tank under the top to set it off.
The Kiddo is growing way to fast. She had 4 growth spurts in the last 6 months. Seriously 4! When you add the fact that she had a birthday last month, finding clothing options we both approve is not easy. I have a hard time giving away clothes that I just got yesterday because they do not fit.
For that reason, when the Kiddo brought me this request, I jumped on it. The conversation was something like this:
Kiddo: “Mom I found a way to keep you from spending more money on my clothes.
Me: OK, let’s do it.
She then described what she wanted and volunteered her favorite t-shirt. (she meant business) She then volunteered to take the pics. (She really wants this shirt) WOW!
Here is the Razor Back T Tutorial
Chalk (a marker works in a pinch)
Cording, ribbon or wire
Cardboard or paper (used to stop cutting through both sides of the t-shirt)
Layout the t-shirt and smooth. You can Iron but it is not necessary.
Draw the Razor Back design.
I free-handed the design but I wish I had used a razor back tank as a template. It really didn’t matter but I think the cuts would be smoother.
Trim the sleeves off under the seam line. You can cut the sleeves in to strips and use them as pony tail holders.
Insert cardboard and cut along the chalk lines. (I use an old pizza box lid wrapped in foil. (It is wrapped in foil because I also used it for the bleach t-shirts.)
This t-shirt was rather long so I cut the bottom 7 inches. Check the t-shirt on the person to see where (how many inches) to cut it off. Then trim any pieces of fabric that are not smooth or even.
Stretch the cut edges by pulling along the length of the cut edges. This causes the fabric to curl in on its self and keeps you from having to sew anything. The edges look like they hem themselves as long as you cut an even/smooth line. If you have any uneven pieces the curl is not as pretty or even.
You could just wear the t-shirt as is, but to add a little detail and structure to the t-shirt I wrapped cording around the back.
Be sure to knot the top and bottom of the wrap well. I knotted the wrap at the beginning, once in the middle and twice in the end to make sire it all stays in place.
Decide where to start cording.
knot and wrap cording
trim excess cording
You can make the cording wrap as little or as much as you want. I choose to only wrap about an inch to inch and a half because that is all the Kiddo wanted. (I would have added more.) You could also braid multiple colors of cording around the back. Whatever you want works its your shirt.
T-shirt back with cording and fabric stretch.
Just remember that you have to wear a band or layer a tank under the top because it is airy and open.
A friend has asked for a bandana top forever and I finally had the chance to make it. I happened to have these two bandanas and thought the combination would be fun. Luckily she liked the idea too and now I get to share it with you.
I am sorry about some of the pictures. I’m not sure what went wrong but a few turned out a little blurry. I promise I’m working on it.
Ribbon – the final length after cutting is 46″
Basic sewing supplies.
I marked 4″ in and 8″ down. This will depend on the size of the person wearing the top. I found the measurements by measuring the length from collar-bone to under arm 8″ and divided by 2 for the top measurement.
Once I drew the line I decided to add an inch making it 5″ and 9″. I wanted to be sure there would be enough space under the arm.
Cut both bandanas with the same measurements.
Find the center point on the back bandana and cut 5″ to 10″ Down from the top. I choose 6″ because I liked the look of a smaller opening.
I used the ribbon to decide where to fold the top seam down. You want to make sure that the ribbon will thread through easily once sewn.
When Ironing the sides I folded the fabric under twice to have a clean edge once sewn.
Sew all the edges down. I used a hem zigzag stitch because I liked the pattern and it helped the edges to lay flat.
Line up the sides. I did not pin but you can if you want.
Sew the sides. I used the same stitch as the edges and then a straight stitch to add strength to the seams.
Thread the ribbon starting in the center back.
Trim and seal the edges of the ribbon. To seal the edges and prevent fraying run the edges through a flame. Check out the pacifier clip tutorial for photos of sealing ribbon.
Tie your bow and you are done.
I had a lot of fun working on this project and there are so many ways to mix and match designs and colors to fit any holiday.
The Kiddo has to have a green shirt for St. Patrick’s Day at school so I decided this one would work. I got lucky and Hobby Lobby had a sale on their t-shirts and I got the two for $2.50 each. A tank top would work for the undershirt as well. This project is a great way to upcycle your old t- shirt.
2 cotton t-shirts of different colors
Template – I printed a shamrock design
Sewing machine and basic supplies
Be sure to wash and dry the t-shirts before sewing. Tuck one shirt into the other and smooth out the creases.
Decide where you want to have the design. My design template was too small so I free-handed the design using the printout as a reference guide.
Pin around the design through both top layers of the t-shirts.
Slowly stitch the outline on your machine keeping the layers pinned and flat.
Draw lines through the design, mine is an inch apart.
Stitch following the guide lines and be sure to back-stitch the beginning and end of each line.
Cut in-between each line. Only cut the top layer of the t-shirt.
If you want the fabric to roll more cur along the outer edges.
To finish the shirt you can trim the edges of the sleeves and the hem of the top t-shirt fold over and stitch in place.
The T-shirt is ready
I embroidered the word lucky to the t-shirt to add a little fun.
Full Lucky Shamrock T-shirt
Depending on the type of marking pen you used wash the t-shirt and you are ready to go.
I am truly pleased with this new Kitten applique. I decided on a small black spaghetti strap tank top to go with the tutu skirt. The more I looked at the set the more off it felt. The top needed something. I did not want to add a face to the top so I took a little time to brain storm. Urban Threads has a really cute design set called Noggin Nanimals and it includes the applique design for each animal in the set. SCORE!!!! One is a kitten. Now it is time for the Tank Top Applique Tutorial! Continue reading →