Keeping it Simple: T-shirt to cardigan

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

T-shirt to cardigan

There is something about spring that makes me what a completely new wardrobe.  I just want something new and fresh.  Since I don't have the money to get a new wardrobe, I guess refashioning shirts will have to work for now :).  I saw this idea and wanted to do it!


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This is how I made it:
I took a shirt.  I got this one for $1 at Walmart.
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I cut the shirt in the middle. 
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I cut off the sleeves and then cut them into  1 1/2" strips.
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I sewed all the strips together and then made them ruffly.
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I pinned the ruffles onto the shirt and then sewed it on.  
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And that's it!  Super easy and quick.  Now I have something to wear over my cute tank tops :)Photobucket

I have made several of these.

Here is a turquoise one that took only 15 minutes to make!  I just hemmed the middle and put some rosettes on the side.

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And a grey one.  I did it just like my brown one but added a couple more ruffles to the sides, so there are 3 ruffles on each side, not just one down the middle.
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41 comments:

Karima said...

That is one of the best t-shirt transformations I have seen - great job!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Super cute! I love how you take something plain and turn it into something fab! :)

Melissa said...

Super cute! I'll have to go see if I can find a $1 shirt at Walmart so I can make one too! :)

farmhouse mama said...

Cute! What a great idea for all those t-shirts in my closet that have become a bit too tight. :) Sewing is easier than dieting!

laxsupermom said...

I love all your t-shirt transformations! Such clever ideas! Thanks for sharing.

meijo's JOY said...

The 2nd one is the cutest! That color is really make you glow too!

Just Jaime said...

I've been wanting an update for my spring wardrope too! Great idea! I want to try it!

Macradabra Macramé said...

Great idea!!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

Ok, I am headed to the store to find me some great colored t-shirts. You rock!

Ty and Whitty said...

you are always amazing me with your clothing makes. love it

Motivated Mommy of two said...

This is aweseme I wish I was so creative like you and could make my own clothe.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

VERY cute and creative!

Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family said...

Love it. I love the addition of the ruffles. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

BeeSewSweet said...

I love this! They look adorable and it doesn't sound too difficult. I can't wait to give it a try.

Lora said...

wow! that's such a creative idea! i love it. :)

Danielle Wagasky said...

I love this! I do this to my shirts too!

Mandy said...

Love this idea! Turned out fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen's Link Party.

eltocadordecenicienta said...

This is perfect for all that tshirts that doesn´t fit me anymore but I still like. thank you very much for sharing!
XOXO Olga♥
El tocador de Cenicienta

Our House Story said...

What a cute idea! I'm even thinking I could take a long sleeve cardigan and transform it into a short sleeve ruffle one! Thanks for sharing!

maarnietvangrijs said...

Love this idea, deffinitely will try this!! Thank you for sharing!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I love how your refashions turned out... it's definitely got my gears turning, since I'm pretty sure I have a few shirts in my closet that I could make into cardigans. Thanks for the inspiration!

DaenelT said...

Genius!

Kristin said...

I am in love with cardigans and never seem to want to spend over $20 so this is the perfect solution! Thank you for the awesome idea =)

Visiting from HoH

Anshu said...

Great refashions!
I linked up here:
http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2012/05/summer-vest-from-tshirt.html

Michelle said...

So Cute! I must try this!! It might be something even I can make!

Jenilyn said...

I can't believe that was a $1 shirt! I would love for you to link these up to "I Made This" at Grits & Giggles! http://www.gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-made-this-5.html

Hani@Craftionary said...

This is so cool.. Love the blue one, it's so summery and fun.. :)

Bunch of Bishops said...

I love this! I featured you on my blog today. Thank you for the inspiration!

http://bishopsfamilysite.blogspot.com/2012/05/inspiration-for-weekend.html

Blessings!
Janiene

Life With Lucy said...

This is so great! Thanks so much for sharing!

Crafty Cousins said...

How fun! I love the colors. I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins. http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-i-wore-sunday-week-16.html

~Natalie

Crystelle Boutique said...

Adorable!!!!
You have the cutest sewing ideas on here!
Thanks for sharing!

Misty @Creative Itch said...

Fabulous refashion, Kaysi!

Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'.
I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure
to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

Micah and Katie said...

Thanks for the idea. After this baby (2 weeks to go) I will have some t-shirts that will need a redo!

Leslie said...

I love this idea! You always make the cutest clothes! I featured this on hoo's got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!!!!

amy and jesse hudson said...

Kaysi, I think this is phenomenal! I love that you can truly create any kind of cardigan your heart desires by putting your sewing skills to use!

I'm featuring you at this week's Drab to Fab party!

http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/05/drab-to-fab-link-up-features.html

Come check it out, and link up more of what you have been doing! Have a great one!

Amy @ Sugar and Spice

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Adorable! I love them all! Looks like a new wardrobe to me :)

Sarah said...

Kaysi, I love how those all turned out!!! I may need to try this! Thanks for the inspiration :)

maarnietvangrijs said...

I made one for my little lady: http://maarnietvangrijs.blogspot.com/2012/05/verknippen-voor-blote-schoudertjes.html
She loves it!!

Megan said...

thanks for linking up last week! your tutorial was the #1 clicked on link and featured! :) http://brassyapple.blogspot.com/2012/05/make-it-monday-33.html

Rachel Ward said...

This is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

amy & lisa said...

I just made my first cardigan from you tutorial! Great instructions...LOVE my NEW cardigan! :)