It’s always a sad day when you realize a favorite article of clothing has been outgrown. (Not that that will stop them from wearing it, lol.) Today, I’m sharing a quick trick for upcycling a too-small shirt into a NEW favorite shirt!
We have a particular kitty shirt that was incredibly well-loved. I found a picture of her wearing it in late 2012, and almost 4 years later it is definitely too short. (I bought that tee to go with the pants I made in that picture.) The weird thing is, I kept putting this shirt in the giveaway pile and it kept magically re-appearing on my missy’s body! (The combination of droopy drawers and underbelly baring tees are not necessarily a person’s best look, ha ha.)
After at least the 10th time of making her change the shirt into something that fit better- I decided to figure out a way to upcycle the kitty design to another shirt.
I found this pink sweatshirt at Wal-mart and grabbed it specifically for this project. The shirt is practically the exact pattern as my free raglan tunic top pattern (has a slightly wider neckline) but I just wanted to get this project done.
(Hate to admit, but If I waited until I sewed a new top- It would be another year before I posted this!)
Can we all take a moment to just sit back and admire how awesome this upcycle turned out?? My little Missy couldn’t have been more pleased with her “new” best friends kitty shirt.Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.
Here is how I upcycled the old shirt:
Carefully cut around the design on the original shirt. Cut as close as you can- but if there is embroidery, be careful to not cut into that. (If you do, try adding a bit of fray check to that spot.)
(I probably could have cut closer- but I originally planned to use red thread and sew through the original fabric. I determined it would be easier to sew along the embroidery of the transferred design.)
Pin the design in place.
Carefully stitch around the design.
That’s all it takes!
We have a new top that my kitty crazy daughter loves!
What do you think? Do you have any tops this could work for?
Products used and recommended in this post:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics and Fabric.com.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!