Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Refashioning a Too-Small Shirt

Too small tee refasion preview
I went down to a conference for work for four days in April. I was ecstatic about some t-shirts I seen at one of the vendor’s booths but they only had small left so I got my co-worker one who is small. The last day of the conference, the vendor had just one left so I snatched it up thinking maybe I could cut it up and frame it and hang it in my cubicle or something of the sorts.
Inspiration struck after I seen Love and Laundry's reverse appliqué tutorial on a uber cute shirt. So I decided to refashion my too-small work shirt and put the design on a bigger shirt.
Here is the before pic. It’s a very tiny small shirt. I like my shirts roomy and I typically wear an XL, sometimes larger.

I picked up a plain men’s v-neck shirt from the big box store.

I cut out an oval template. My oval was 12 inches wide and because I only had standard size card stock, I cut each side of the oval and overlapped to make it the size I had on the screen. I then traced the shape on contact paper.

Sitting indian-style on the living room floor with my supplies!

I centered the contact paper shape over my graphic.

Then I cut it out. Whew, I was nervous!

I turned the shirt inside out and pinned my cut piece, right side down.

I then sewed along the circle. After my cut piece was attached, I turned the shirt right side out and CAREFULLY cut the circle out. Make sure you are only cutting the outside fabric from your new, plain shirt. We want the cut graphic to be in one piece!
End result!
Too small tee refasion 3
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Too small tee refasion 2
Still haven’t wore it to work yet but I’m proud of it =)

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  1. Very clever! This would also be really good for shirts that get stained/ripped but you still like the graphic and don't want to throw it away...

  2. Great idea! Love the design!

  3. Great idea. My mom and I have made a million cheap t-shirts into cute shirts by adding a little elastic and ruffles to the sleeves, neck and bottom. I get so many compliments when I wear them and it's such an easy and cheap transformation. I will for sure be remembering this idea when I need a t-shirt made bigger or just want a total change to it. Love this!


  4. That i a great idea! I also love big t-shirts, and wish I could salvage some that I have outgrown.. you have given me a solution!

  5. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing. By the way, your hair color is beautiful. :)

  6. What gorgeous hair you have!

    Stopped in from Southern Lovely's Show and Tell.


    1. Thank you, Tami =) and thanks for stopping in!

  7. What an awesome idea....I am going to have to remember this one.
    New follower from Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts.

  8. Cute! And the fact that you added elastic to the sleeve and waist just gives the shirt a much more polished look!


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