T-Shirt Up-cycle

Saturday, September 8, 2012
I needed a new gym shirt but I didn't want to go to the store. Honestly, I hate shopping. Don't get me wrong I like getting new clothes as much as the next girl, I just seriously detest the process of shopping, the trying things on and what-not. Nothing ever looks like you expect it to off the rack, or at least not like I expect it to. So, when I decided I needed a new gym shirt I also took note of the abundance of oversize T-shirts I keep as pajamas. This is what I ended up with:
And here is how it started (this is a large men's t-shirt):
All you need are a pair of scissors and a bobby pin, no sewing skills required. 
Start by cutting off the bottom seam
Stretch it out so the edges roll up a little
Cut off the sleeves
And the neck..
Flip it over and on the back cut it like you're making a V-neck
Cut the back like you see here... ^^^
Remember cutting the bottom seam? Cut the stitching off of it. 
Like this..
Take the piece withOUT stitching and stretch it out
Gather the back of the shirt in your hand
Separate the two straps in your fingers like this
Tuck one end of the non stitched, stretched portion of the seam under your thumb, and start wrapping from the bottom up towards your hand. 
When you get to the place where the straps separate, start wrapping in a herringbone pattern
Like this..
Once you have gone up as far as you'd like (a couple inches are plenty), get a bobby pin
Slip the bobby pin onto the tail end of the stringy piece (you can cut some of the excess, there will be plenty, just make sure you leave yourself 5in or so)
Stick the bobby pin under the wrapped part
Pull it through and cut off the extra, you can put it through all the way to the bottom if it makes you feel better but this is far enough, I promise. 
And there you have it, a brand new gym shirt without going to the store. I regularly wear a size small in t-shirts, this shirt was a large, I also did this to a medium shirt, that worked out a little better. If you have the option, choose a shirt one size larger than your actual shirt size. 
Again here's the back.. 

Happy Crafting =]
Enjoy =]


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