If you are like me, you probably have a drawer full of t-shirts that you never wear. If they are too big, too long, or the wrong neckline, but the right color, don’t get rid of them. Make a few adjustments and add a little flair to them to make great hiking, lounging, or sleeping shirts. Save them, gather them up on a rainy day, and turn them into comfortable scoop-neck shirts by cutting off all of the uncomfortable bits and embellishing the t-shirts with handmade patches.
This three-step process is easiest for t-shirts with small logos on the front.
Step 1 – Cut off the neck, sleeve and waist bands. If the shirt is a good quality t-shirt, the cotton will roll and soften as it is laundered, and will wear well with age.
Step 2 – Cut out the patch pieces. Pick your symbols, make a pattern if you need to, and cut out all of the parts.
Step 3 – Starting with the base layer, sew your layers on one at a time with a straight stitch and contrasting thread. Try several colors of thread for each layer for added dimension.
Below, find a few more fun ways you can upcycle old t-shirts into cute clothes.