3 DIY Ways To Up-Cycle Your Old T-Shirts
In case you’ve been living under a rock with no Pinterest access, up-cycling means taking something that has no use anymore and re-purpose it to make something beautiful and new. And most of us have a drawer full of old tees that we use as pajamas. But how many PJs does a girl need? Take your old tees and turn them into fashion statements by following the instructions below.
Neckerchief T-shirt scarf
Spaghetti-style t-shirt scarves are old news. Make a scarf in a new style with a faux-neckerchief detail. Find an old shirt in a color you like, lay it flat on a table and cut the bottom seam off. Now cut the rest of your shirt horizontally in three sections. Make one cut right under the sleeves (from armpit to armpit) and then fold the rectangle that’s left in half to cut along that line. You will hopefully have two tubes of fabric. Cut along one of the side seams in both tubes, to end up with two long rectangles. Now stretch the fabric until it begins to curl under. Stitch the two pieces of stretched jersey together to end up with one big loop. Double the loop (bring the two stitches together) and find that bottom seam you cut off at the very beginning. Knot it around the scarf, hiding the seams you made. There you go, wear it as a double loop to really accentuate the neckerchief look.
No-sew bow headband
This is probably the easiest DIY project ever. Find old shirts in colors and patterns you like and cut rectangles long enough to go around your head. Seam the ends together (or use fabric adhesive). Now grab a smaller rectangle made from the same shirt or a different one in complimentary colors and place it over the seam. The exact size of this rectangle is up to you, this will be your “bow”. Scrunch the middle of the second rectangle and the headband underneath. Secure with an even smaller fabric rectangle in your color of preference and sew the smallest rectangle or clue it together. There you go, the cutest headband in ten minutes.
From baggy shirt to cute top
Another project where you won’t need to sew a thing. Get a baggy shirt, preferably in a fabric that’s not too heavy. Widen the neckline by cutting the seam and a bit wider. Try to make it slightly “V” shaped. Now, make four small cuts (about half an inch wide), to mark where they should go, put on the shirt and use a crayon to mark two spots right below the middle of your breasts and another two cuts about 4 inches away from that, so they are closer to the sides of the shirt. Now, get a ribbon in a color that matches the shirt and cut four 14-inch pieces. Put one end of each piece inside the shirt, through the cuts and glue. Leave to dry until it’s secure. Then, tie the two pieces in the center together and after that, tie the other two, above the first knot. The result is a flowy, scrunched top that looks like it came out of a boutique.