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How to upcycle a plain tee

plain grey tee shirt

Have you ever gotten an oversized tee as a free gift or have one stored somewhere from the old days (a.k.a. something you would never wear out)? Other than tossing it or sleeping in it, here’s one idea to make it nice and wearable!


how to upcycle a plain old tee shirt tutorial

  1. Find a piece of thick lace detail or ribbon and pin it around the collar of the t-shirt.
  2. Hand stitch or use a sewing machine to go around the top and bottom. (Be careful not to sew both sides of the t-shirt together!)
  3. Cut straight lines into the angles of the t-shirt collar so that the remnant parts are easy to fold down.
  4. Stitch the folded t-shirt pieces down behind the collar. The additional layers help to give your faux collar more support.
  5. Cut the sleeves off in a curve and tuck the remnant pieces behind the faux collar.
  6. Try it on! If the t-shirt feels too baggy or the arm holes are too large, just sew two lines down the side of the t-shirt to make it fit better.

And there you have it! A quick upcycled t-shirt :)

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  1. This is a cute and simple idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. virginia112 says:

    so cute love it. I got to make me one.

  3. Tove says:

    Thank you for the tip, I will use it for the t-shirt I have to wear as a camp volunteer.

  4. Ina says:

    E’ davvero una bella idea! Semplice e anche romantica :)
    Saluti da Roma ^.^

  5. aamena says:

    great idea ill make one for my daughter thank u for sharing

  6. Sundus says:

    This is such a great idea! I just found this website and its amazing! so glad i ran into it
    thank you :) xoxo

  7. Kayla Feng says:

    Oh my gosh! As soon as I saw this, I knew that I had to try it! I’m actually doing it right now on one T-shirt that has my artwork printed on it and I would LOVE to wear but was way to baggy on me ( I’m really skinny) but, thanks to you, I have a solution! Thanks so much!
    tootles, Kayla

  8. actiu says:

    me gusta mucho esa idea, gracias por compartirla

  9. lil says:

    Hello, Iam from polish local hobby site. We wanna public linkt to your tutorial on one of our post about refashion :)
    Hope its not a problem?
    :)

  10. Jessica says:

    this will be cute to use as the bodice of a maxi dress instead of a plain tank top. I can hardly wait to make one!

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