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:

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

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

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

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  4. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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!

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

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  19. 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!

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  20. 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

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

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

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  23. 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

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

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  25. 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

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  26. This is so great! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  27. 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

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

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  29. 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!

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

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  31. 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!!!!

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  32. 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

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

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

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

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  36. 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

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  37. 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!

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

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