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No Sew DIY & T-shirt Surgery Projects

When I was first learning how to sew, back in high school, I started teaching myself by taking clothes apart and reconstructing them into something new. I was always doing altered fashion projects, and I was a big fan of t-shirt surgery projects in particular. So it should come as no surprise that these projects have been popular topics on my site here as well!

Super Easy No Sew Tshirt Vest: DIY by Wobisobi

The no sew DIY t-shirt vest project by Wobisobi that I linked to has gotten some serious love. It’s such a simple and fun project, that it’s no wonder why. If you love easy-peasy DIY projects, you should really head on over and follow her blog. Or check out her Pinterest board full of T-shirt DIY inspiration. I especially love this no-sew halter top out of an old t-shirt.

New Orleans Craft Mafia's tshirt recycling workshops at Bayou Boogaloo 2010

A few years ago, my friends and I with the New Orleans Craft Mafia did some t-shirt revamp workshops at the Bayou Boogaloo festival. We did a few projects there, including some simple t-shirt into halter top projects as well as a simple tote bag. (Think the shape of those plastic grocery store bags – they’re often called “t-shirt bags” for a reason. You just cut off the sleeves & a bigger neck-hole, and then sew the bottom hem of the shirt closed. You’ve now got a bag!!) I posted a lot of other t-shirt surgery resources and ideas here.

The New Orleans Craft Mafia has also done some local workshops on making no-sew fabric necklaces out of old t-shirts. One of my most popular posts here was on the recycled t-shirt necklaces by Carole of Minuit12. Want to learn how to DIY? Keira at A Pretty Penny did a great tutorial on how to make an easy t-shirt necklace. (No sewing involved!)

P.S. That t-shirt surgery community I used to frequent way back in the days of Livejournal? Oh yeah – it’s still kicking!

About the Author Mallory Whitfield

Mallory Whitfield created in 2006 as a place to share her favorite cool stuff, handmade products and indie finds. Throughout her journey as a creative entrepreneur, Mallory has worn many hats, including blogger, visual artist, upcycled clothing creator, performance artist, jewelry designer, craft show vendor, creative strategist, speaker, teacher and consultant to other small business owners. By day, she specializes in SEO, content marketing and social media strategy as Content Analyst at FSC Interactive, a leading digital marketing agency in New Orleans.

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