Originally posted 2015-05-26 08:00:54.
Change Up a T-Shirt with Simple Sewing and Tie Dye
I love wearing t-shirts but unfortunately, I cannot wear them to work. Who says I can’t wear a refashioned and tie-dyed t-shirt? By making a few simple changes and adding some killer tie-dye, I can wear this shirt with style and no one will know that it is a “real” t-shirt!
- A plain white t-shirt (or any style of t-shirt – one with Darth Vader would be awesome!)
- A sewing machine and matching thread
- A safety pin
- Tie-Dye, if desired (I used Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye – my favorite!)
Start by washing and drying the t-shirt to remove any sizing. I cut the neckband out of the shirt and then shortened the sleeves.
I also removed the hem, unraveled it, and saved the piece I cut off.
I pressed a 1/2″ hem in the neckline as well as the lower edge of the t-shirt. I used a small zig-zag on my sewing machine and stitched the hems.
I created a lettuce edge on the sleeves. This is an easy technique… Use a small zig-zag stitch and stretch the fabric as it goes under the presser foot. The result is a cute, wavy edge!
I used scissors to make two small cuts in the front of the lower hem, just off center. I took the scrap piece that used to be the hem ans stretched it so that it rolled in on itself and created a cord. I used a safety pin the thread the “cord” piece through the hem.
So this is what it looks like prior to adding dye… Super cute, right?
One of my favorite tie-dye techniques is found on the I Love to Create website, and it is to create a heart. I love how the shirts come out with the heart! A video demonstrating that technique can be found here. I used a pale pink dye and a navy blue dye on my shirt. I wrapped it in plastic and let it sit overnight. I rinsed the shirt out, then washed and dried it.
I decided that this refashioned and tie-dyed t-shirt looked better on my daughter…
It will be comfortable, vibrant, and awesome! What would be on your t-shirt after it was refashioned? Leave your ideas below!