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Reinvent Your Old T-shirts – Tutorial Madness!

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

I love this super easy no sew DIY t-shirt vest tutorial by Wobisobi. It’s such a quick and easy way to spice up your closet and layer up an outfit!

I love her style! She’s got loads of easy DIY tee-shirt revamp ideas!

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!!)

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.

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

Want to learn how to reinvent your own t-shirts?

Here are a few books, links & videos to get you started!

Great books on how to upcycle and re-invent your old t-shirts:

101 Tees: Restyle + Refashion + Revamp

101 Tees: Restyle + Refashion + Revamp

T-Shirt Makeovers: 20 Transformations for Fabulous Fashions

T-Shirt Makeovers: 20 Transformations for Fabulous Fashions

Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt

Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt

99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special

99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special

What are your favorite tips and tutorials?

Share your favorite t-shirt recycling ideas with me via Facebook.

About the Author Mallory Whitfield

Mallory Whitfield has been making things and performing for as long as she can remember. She started blogging at MissMalaprop.com in 2006, and currently hosts the Badass Creatives podcast. 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.
She worked as Content Analyst at FSC Interactive, a leading digital marketing agency, prior to taking on her current role as Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based startup studio which builds digital products and visionary companies.

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