Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Shirt Makeover

So I am absolutely loving this repurposing and refashioning clothes!! It's so fun to do and it really cheap too! I LOVE it! I just go to garage sales, pick things up for $.25 or $.50 and then go crazy. Here is my latest creation, I made these fun flowers for the collar of this shirt!
This is how I made it

1) I took this dress/shirt. I'm not a big fan of the long shirts that you wear leggings under, so I just made it a shirt

2) I cut off about 5 inches off the bottom. This is what I used for the flowers
3) I then cut the fabric into circles. I had 5 big, 5 medium and 5 small ones
4) Using a zig zag stitch with the length on a low setting, I sewed around the circles. I got this idea here
5) I did that for all the circles, this is what it looked like with the three together
6) I added a little button (a way to stitch it onto the shirt) and then hand stitched the flowers onto the shirt. I started in the middle and worked my way out
7) I sewed all five flowers on and it's done!
Here it is on, I love the look of the flowers!


I love this idea so much, that I made some little clips and headbands for my baby (hopefuly, fingers crossed)
I found that the flowers look better when you used a stretchy fabric compared to cotton. The dark pink was made out stretch pants and the link pink was made out of an onesies.

14 comments:

the thrifty ba said...

very cute! and i love that eggplant color!

Melissa said...

Adorable. I like that you kept a light touch and didn't over-do it.

More Than "Just Mom" said...

very nice! i'm going to have to try this.

Quiltstory said...

That is a great idea to do with those dress/shirts. I've seen a lot of them around on clearance lately. We'd love if you came and linked your project up to our fabric linky party today!

theteo5 said...

I love doing the same thing. Sure beats spending $10 on a yard of fabric! And I think it forces me to be a little more creative with what I have on hand. Only problem for me, sometimes I just end up with a pile that I am meaning to do something with!

eye_on_sparrow said...

Adorable shirt and the headbands are so cute too.

Michelle L. said...

Gorgeous flowers! It looks like you did it with a serger - clever you!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Those flowers are great! Darling for hair clipS!

Aubree said...

Cute! From afar they look like zippers. Very trendy! Love it!

Quiltstory said...

Thanks for linking up, we'll see you next week!

Carolyn said...

I really like this. We live in a small country town and all buy from the same shops so the clothes look a bit similar, this will jazz up some of the plain clearance t-shirts I bought on sale!!
Thanks,
C

Taija said...

Adorable! Very nice!

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Ginger said...

I know, I hem up my stuff all the time. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!