Easy T Shirt Refashion

Sharon Madsen
Easy T Shirt Refashion

Transform two plain T-shirts into a ruffled color-blocked tee. A split level hem creates a flirty bit of flounce. This project is perfect for when you have to T-shirts that may have seen better days.

 

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SUPPLIES

2 T-shirts

All-purpose thread

Removable fabric marker

Rotary cutter & mat (optional)

Serger (optional)

Tip: Choose a larger T-shirt for the contrasting panel to allow for more fabric for the ruffles.

Cut It

Designate one T-shirt as A and one as B. Remove the hem stitches from each T-shirt; press open the hems.

Fold T-shirt A in half lengthwise along the center front, matching the side and shoulder seams; pin. Measure 11/4" from the fold along the neckline; mark. Measure 2 1/2" from the fold along the lower-edge; mark. 

Using a removable fabric marker, draw a line connecting the upper-edge and lower-edge marks (1). Cut along the line through all layers; discard the fabric triangles. 

 

Fold T-shirt B in half lengthwise along the center front, matching the side and shoulder seams; pin. Measure 1 1/4" from the fold along the neckline; mark.  Measure 7" from the fold along the lower edge; mark.

Using a removable fabric marker, draw a line connecting the upper-edge and lower-edge marks. Cut along the line; set aside the fabric triangles.how to illustration

From the remaining T-shirt B-fabric, cut seven rectangles measuring 1 1/2"x10", 1 1/2"x14", 1 1/2"x18", 1 1/2"x21", 1 1/2"x24", 1 1/2"x26" and 1 1/2"x28".

Tip: For a fun contrast, use a knit print fabric for the inserts and ruffles.

 

Sew It

Use 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

With right sides together, align one T-shirt B back-triangle long edge with one T-shirt A long edge, aligning the neckline edges; pin, and then stitch. Press open the seam. Repeat to stitch the remaining back-triangle long edge to the remaining T-shirt A long edge.  Note that the hemlines may not match.

Place the T-shirt B front triangle right side up on a flat work surface. Using a removable fabric marker, draw a line down the center front. Measure and mark the center front line 2 1/2" below the edge; draw a horizontal line at the mark.

Mark the center-front line 2 3/4" below the first horizontal line; draw a horizontal line. Continue drawing seven horizontal lines 2 3/4" apart on the triangle fabric piece.

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Select a long gathering stitch. Stitch each ruffle strip lengthwise center, leaving long thread tails at the stitching beginning and end. 

Pull the 10" strip thread tails to evenly gather the ruffle to match the upper marked line on the triangle. Pin the strip to the triangle over the line. Stitch along the strip center.

Repeat to gather and stitch the remaining strips to the triangle, beginning with the smallest strip and ending with the largest strip.

Align one ruffled triangle long edge with one T-shirt A long edge, matching the neckline edges; pin, and then stitch. Press open the seams. Repeat to stitch the remaining ruffled triangle long edge to the remaining T-shirt A long edge.

For a high-low hem fold T-shirt A in half, matching the side and shoulder seams; pin. Measure and mark 1/2" below the lower ruffle. Draw a line from the mark to the side seam lower edge (3). Cut along the line through T Shirt A only. 

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Fold the T-shirt lower edges 1/2" toward the wrong side; press. Pin, and then stitch using a stretch stitch or a narrow zigzag.  

 

 

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