5 DIY Tshirt Hacks – Eco Friendly Upcycles to Transform Old Tshirts!
By Micah Moen
Hi everybody, it’s Letitia. From this huge
trend of throwing things out (thanks to Marie Kondo) we also have a lot of old
t-shirts that don’t spark us joy anymore. I had a lot of old t-shirts that I
wanted to redo and turn into something new that I could make use from. So here
are five t-shirt DIYs for you to enjoy. I’d like to introduce to you my friend Ally. So today we are going to be upcycling old t-shirts in our closet. I have a bunch of no-sew ideas, fun ideas for your pet. Be sure to watch Ally’s video to see how she DIYs her t-shirts. This first DIY is
the hardest so I thought I’d get it over with. First I bought these lovely
non-refundable cuttings for $80. Yeah, $80 Don’t forget the math that you learned
in school kids. I found this beautiful design on Etsy by Tessa Perlow, and I’m
recreating it for this abstract rainbow DIY. Start by opening up the side seam of
your t-shirt, then tuck the end of your first color inside. This is how we will
finish a t-shirt and make it look store-bought. Pin down your first
trimming as your main guide line. The rest of the colors will follow this
general shape. Using similar colored thread, hand stitch the trim from inside
the t-shirt, making small stitches to blend seamlessly with the trim. When you
get to the end, just let it dangle off. We will cut it later. Repeat with the
remainder of the colors. This took me about an hour to hand stitch, and a good
episode of Netflix is recommended for this portion. Once you’ve completed the rainbow, turn
your t-shirt inside out. On the side of the tee, make sure all ends of your yarn
are sticking out and resew your side seam with a zig-zag stitch. For the hem of the t-shirt, cut open the
bottom fold very carefully, then zig-zag stitch the serged hem and yarn
together to prevent unraveling. Then, very painfully for me, cut the excess. I had
lots to spare so I’ll be saving it for another DIY. Fold over the hem and restitch the bottom to perfectly finish your tee. Let’s see your shirt okay that’s okay I guess for people who can’t afford the $80.00 trim, what’s your alternative? Just get a ball of yarn. Don’t buy this kind of trim. Here’s a much easier one. I had this leftover faux fur trim from
my DIY monster clutch and this double XL men’s pocket t-shirt from the thrift
store. After snipping to size, carefully and very shallowly cut from the back of
your faux fur. It is so satisfying to pull part with no mess after cutting.
Then taking some flexible fabric glue, brush the edges in the middle of your fur
patch and pocket. Leave one edge unglued so that when you place the patch you
don’t accidentally seal the pocket shut. Add glue after if needed. I felt like if it was fitted, it’s like right over the boob, and it would be very weird. I keep petting it.
Just petting your boob, just casually. I’m all about reducing my footprint. All
the cutaways from today’s DIY I will save as cleaning rags. These washable
cotton pads are also environmentally friendly. Take an old cotton tee, and cut circles
through both layers of the t-shirt. Then zig-zag stitch around the circumference
of the doubled-up circles. Like pancakes, you can expect the first one to be not
so perfect. Think of how many cotton rounds you can make from just one
t-shirt. I took Stefan’s old t-shirt and I cut it up and then I was like by the
way Stefan, I took one of your old t-shirts and I cut it up and he was like
“Really? Did you have to do that?” Whenever I use cotton pads I feel like the lint always gets into my eyes.
The cotton is so smart. Another eco-friendly hack here. Turn an
old t-shirt inside out and fold in half. Cut off the sleeves and collar with a
rounded shape then stitch along the raw edges, making sure to start a little
farther from the cut edge so that you can blend the finish seamlessly with the
rest of the t-shirt. I double stitched mine for extra insurance. Then rotate the tee
so that what was once a hem is now at the top. With a ruler, measure and mark
every other inch with a dotted line. I moved down every half inch increment.
Near the top, draw a long line in the middle measuring about 10 inches. Once
you’ve cut everything, start stretching and pulling on the tee. If yours is
super linty like mine after cutting, I recommend washing it once before use.
Now it’s a reusable bag, and mine’s a little rock and roll style.
Oh yeah put in those Cheetos. Should I try that for my video?
Okay what color should I make it though? This ruffly crop top takes a few steps but is actually quite easy to do. Cut off the top of your t-shirt, turning it into a tube top.
Taking wide elastic, measure a little above your waist with some tension on
the elastic. Do the same for your chest, but use just a slight bit of tension on
top because you don’t want the top to cut into your armpit. For the spaghetti
strap, I took stretch cord and measured roughly around the shoulder, then doubled
up and cut for even straps. Turn the tee inside out and fold over the top cut
edge of your tee, and sew around almost 90% of the way. Leave an opening to
thread your chest elastic through. Overlap the two ends of the elastic and
sew it down to finish the band, then close the remaining ten percent of the
top. About two and a half inches from each side, mark the front and back of
your top. Pin and stitch your spaghetti strap, making sure it is not twisted. I
stitched at the fold and at the seam we created for the elastic top. Now we’ll be sewing the waistband around midpoint of the t-shirt, leaving lots of room at the hem for a nice ruffle. You
want to pull the elastic twice as much as the t-shirt, so that when you sew it
down, it will naturally gather. I find the midpoint of the elastic, and pull it
enough to meet the full width of the front of the t-shirt, and repeat on the
back so that the elastic is evenly adjusted across the front and back. Sew
two stitches top and bottom of the elastic to mimic elastic casing, and
you’re done. I hope you guys enjoyed this video, you have to see all the other DIYs
that we put together. If you want to see more collabs between Ally and I, let us
know in the comments below and give this video a big thumbs up. Thanks for
watching everybody, bye!