Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Altered Beach T-Shirt



Do you have a bunch of beach t-shirts lying around taking up valuable space? Upcycle them into "one of a kind" unique creations!


I bought this over-sized t-shirt on a trip to the beach several years ago.  I loved the color and the beach design, but it was "boxy", too long, and lacked style. I thought about making it into a pillow, and then I decided to "upscale" it into something useful that I would really like to wear.

First I folded the shirt and cut a curved shape off the bottom. I finished the bottom by serging the edge on my serger. 

Before - Boring T-Shirt


Next, I decided the sleeves would be transformed into ties.  I cut off the top and bottom of the sleeves and the remaining hem, leaving two strips on each sleeve.  Again, I serged all edges.





I tied the 2 strips into a square knot on each sleeve. To tie a square knot, first put right strip under left strip and tie, then put left under right and tie.









Sleeve bow adds a designer touch!


When I tried the "new" t-shirt on, I decided to seam sides in the under arm area for a better fit.  My Beach T-Shirt is complete! 





Nancy's Notes:


  • I finished all the edges on my t-shirt on my Serger, but they could be finished with a zigzag stitch if you do not have a Serger machine.
  • For a "no-sew" t-shirt, simply cut and tie without sewing.  The edges will simply roll up naturally creating a finished look.

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